Firstborn (Time Odyssey, Book 3) by Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter

By Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter

The Firstborn–the mysterious race of extraterrestrial beings who first turned identified to technological know-how fiction fanatics because the developers of the long-lasting black monolith in 2001: an area Odyssey–have inhabited mythical grasp of technological know-how fiction Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s writing for many years. With Time’s Eye and Sunstorm, the 1st books of their acclaimed Time Odyssey sequence, Clarke and his extraordinary co-author Stephen Baxter imagined a near-future during which the Firstborn search to prevent the improvement of human civilization through utilizing a know-how indistinguishable from magic.

Their first act used to be the Discontinuity, during which Earth was once carved into sections from various eras of heritage, restitched right into a patchwork international, and renamed Mir. Mir’s population incorporated such notables as Alexander the nice, Genghis Khan, and United international locations peacekeeper Bisesa Dutt. For purposes unknown to her, Bisesa entered into communique with an alien artifact of inscrutable function and godlike power–a energy that finally back her to Earth. There, she performed an instrumental position in humanity’s race opposed to time to prevent a doomsday occasion: a tremendous sunlight hurricane prompted by way of the alien Firstborn designed to eliminate all lifestyles from the planet. That destiny was once avoided at an not possible fee. Now, twenty-seven years later, the Firstborn are back.

This time, they're pulling no punches: they've got despatched a “quantum bomb.” rushing towards Earth, it's a machine that human scientists can slightly understand, that can't be stopped or destroyed–and person who will obliterate Earth.

Bisesa’s determined quest for solutions sends her first to Mars after which to Mir, that's itself threatened with extinction. the top turns out inevitable. yet as surprising new insights emerge into the character of the Firstborn and their chilling plans for mankind, an unforeseen best friend looks from light-years away.

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May and ought to govern his opinions and actions, we need not be troubled that some other things escape our knowledge. —John Locke To San Miguel, and those who came. Prologue THE MOVEMENTS OF HER EYES It started on that frozen world, among the stone figures in their almost suspended animation. Through her eyes, the irises two salmon moons under a luminous white brow, like fissures in the world of rules, of logic. The starship's mind watched through the prism of their wonder, and began to make its change.

Alex Torvalli. " "Not where. Not when. Not even who. That must have been one bad EM pulse, Doctor. Plane crash? Tach storm? " Another four hours later, Torvalli turns to the small, olive-skinned woman in dark-as-night clothes. "I can't believe it. They're the same. Exactly the same. " She crosses her legs, looks uncomfortable for a moment. "That's what we found as well. " "It's ghastly! He's been copied! It's almost as if he were mere code. Do you know what this means? " she interrupts. "Yes. Two point three-seven-five.

Isaah's gamble had apparently paid off. He had stayed ahead of the widening ripples of news about the ocean planet's election. The economic Shockwave wasn't here yet. He felt the heady thrill of a scoop, of secret knowledge that was his alone. It was like prognostication, a glimpse into the future. Elements extracted by giant turbine from that distant world's oceans were also mined from this system's asteroid belt. Soon, everyone here would be incrementally richer as the ocean planet pulled its mineral wealth from the Expansion common market.

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