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Time's Eye: A Time Odyssey Book1 Hardcover – 17 Jun 2004

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; 1st edition (17 Jun 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575075309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575075306
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.8 x 24.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 818,123 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born in Somerset in 1917, Arthur C. Clarke has written over sixty books, among which are the science fiction classics 2001: A Space Odyssey, Childhood's End, The City and the Stars and Rendezvous With Rama. He has won all the most prestigious science fiction trophies, and shared an Oscar nomination with Stanley Kubrick for the screenplay of the film of 2001. He was knighted in 1998. He died in 2008 at his home in Sri Lanka.

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A stunning new companion series to 2001 A SPACE ODYSSEY from the world's most important living SF writer and his acknowledged heir.

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Arthur C. Clarke was born in Minehead in 1917. During the Second World War he served as an RAF radar instructor, rising to the rank of Flight-Lieutenant. After the war he won a BSc in physics and mathematics with first class honours from King's College, London. One of the most respected of all science-fiction writers, he also won the KALINGA PRIZE, the AVIATION SPACE-WRITERS PRIZE,and the WESTINGHOUSE SCIENCE WRITING PRIZE. He also shared an OSCAR nomination with Stanley Kubrick for the screenplay of 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, which was based on his story, 'The Sentinel'. He lived in Sri Lanka from 1956 until his death in 2008. To discover more about how the legacy of Sir Arthur is being honoured today, please visit http://www.clarkefoundation.org

Stephen Baxter is the pre-eminent SF writer of his generation. With Terry Pratchett he has co-authored the Long Earth novels. Published around the world he has also won major awards in the UK, US, Germany, and Japan. Born in 1957 he has degrees from Cambridge and Southampton. He lives in Northumberland with his wife. Visit Stephen Baxter's website at www.stephen-baxter.com.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Teemacs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 23 Nov 2006
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Arthur C. Clarke is one of the greats of science fiction. He is a master of that genre of sci-fi in which one takes A Big Concept and works through the consequences. This is such a novel, but with an odd twist - you get a historical drama as well. In this story, an alien race, whom we never actually meet, messes around with earth such that bits of the planet from different time periods suddenly find themselves coexisting - a prehistoric humanoid finds herself abruptly in the same world as a British fort on the Northwest Frontier in the times of the Raj and they are startled by the arrival of a military helicopter from the early 21st century. Simultaneously, some astronauts due to re-enter the atmosphere find that the world they knew has ceased to exist.

What Happens Next makes for fascinating reading. Attached to that British garrison is Rudyard Kipling. And at the climax, the greatest captain the world has ever seen, Alexander the Great, faces off against the most ruthless conqueror the world has ever seen, Genghis Khan. All a bit contrived, to be sure (the manner in which Genghis gets his comeuppance is especially hard to believe, but then I am a devout coward by religion, so what would I know?). However, it's all good fun. And all of this is observed by aliens in the form of shiny spheres, which hover around, observing what happens.

In a way, this book is a rerun of themes explored in the Clarke classic "2001; a space odyssey", and those who have read "2001" will enjoy the quotes and references to it in this book.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Patricia on 26 Aug 2006
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I thoroughly enjoyed Time's Eye and was left with quite a few thoughts but no conclusion. Normally I would not start a book that has a sequel or that is part of a xilogy, but for the magic name, 'Arthur C. Clarke.' When the army of Alexander the Great showed up, however I began to get a bit anxious, thinking 'Oh no, not another quantum leap saga,' but I stuck to it for another chapter or two, and was reassured by the continuing science questions pursued by the heroine.

Unimpressed by the Mongol army and Genghis Khan, I soldiered on and could see eventually that lots of resolutions were stacking up and the end of the book was nigh.

Here I am back on the Amazon website anxiously looking for the next in the series, hoping for answers to why there are eyes in Bisesa's 'home' world, and why the celebrities, their armies, the cosmonauts, the helicopter crew and the evolving man-apes were pitched into the Discontinuity. Was it random or were they chosen? And who are the mysterious First Born? Why are they interfering in Earth's business?
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "igor_miles" on 26 July 2005
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Time's Eye is a splendid book and an intricate combination of science fiction and history.
The authors cleverly integrate the various time 'differences'...which sees an immense battle we could have only dreamed about. The novel also opens up a nice explanation, where the authors use string theory as a means of supporting the possibility of the 'discontinuity'.
However, do not despair, Time's Eye seems to open up to a much wider audience due to its historical content. Even though the science fiction sounds feeble, Time's Eye has tremendous reference to the Macedonians and Mongols at their apex. It also refers to the 1885 and the NW frontier.
The novel has plenty of realism and is simply an alternative possibility to time- travel, nicely hangs on with 'space odyssey' and is a great novel.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steve on 2 Nov 2005
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I like these two authors and I like time slip stories. So why did this book not quite reach my expectations?
Well, with both Stephen Baxter and Arthur C Clarke, you expect to get a bit more science in your science fiction – otherwise, it’s just fiction.
The basic outline is that the world is reassembled from pieces from across history. Into the fray are plunged three UN helicopter crew from 2037 patrolling the south west Afghanistan region, a fort full of British and Indian soldiers from the 19th Century at a point in the infamous NW frontier (next to Afghansitan, by coincidence and including no less than Rudyard Kipling), the crew of a Soyuz capsule orbiting over central Asia (by luck!), 13th Century Genghis Khan, the ancient army of Alexander the Great and a “missing link” type ape woman and her child. These are central the story line. Most other humans in that crop up along the way, don’t last long.
Our main characters find themselves suddenly in a disrupted world, surrounded by different time zones. Most have no idea, initially, that anything has happened, although most are bewildered by the sudden apparent movement of the sun in the sky. And then there are the mysterious silver spheres floating silently and immovably at various points across the land.
This reconstruction of Earth in effect makes the world a hotch potch of time where everything and everybody left is in an isolated pocket of their own time. The Earth itself is terribly disturbed with pockets of ice age glaciers in amongst temperate zones, volcanic activity etc. all trying to find a new equilibrium.
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