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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0345491580
ISBN-13: 9780345491589
Sku: 207912970
Publish Date: 10/28/2008
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.25H x 4.5L x 1.5T
Pages:  410
Age Range:  NA
The final novel--following "Time''s Eye" and "Sunstorm"--in the epic trilogy by bestselling science fiction masters Clarke and Baxter at last reveals the whole truth about the mysterious alien race introduced in Clarke''s classic "2001: A Space Odyssey."
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In the conclusion of thte Time Odyssey series, which began with Time's Eye and Sunstorm, the Firstborn, the alien race that built the iconic black monolith, wait for a sign as they plan to stop the advance of humankind through the use of a mysterious technology that is indistiguishable from magic. Reprint.The Firstborn?the mysterious race of aliens who first became known to science fiction fans as the builders of the iconic black monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey?have inhabited legendary master of science fiction Sir Arthur C. Clarke?s writing for decades. With Time?s Eye and Sunstorm, the first two books in their acclaimed Time Odyssey series, Clarke and his brilliant co-author Stephen Baxter imagined a near-future in which the Firstborn seek to stop the advance of human civilization by employing a technology indistinguishable from magic.

Their first act was the Discontinuity, in which Earth was carved into sections from different eras of history, restitched into a patchwork world, and renamed Mir. Mir?s inhabitants included such notables as Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, and United Nations peacekeeper Bisesa Dutt. For reasons unknown to her, Bisesa entered into communication with an alien artifact of inscrutable purpose and godlike power?a power that eventually returned her to Earth. There, she played an instrumental role in humanity?s race against time to stop a doomsday event: a massive solar storm triggered by the alien Firstborn designed to eradicate all life from the planet. That fate was averted at an inconceivable price. Now, twenty-seven years later, the Firstborn are back.

This time, they are pulling no punches: They have sent a ?quantum bomb.? Speeding toward Earth, it is a device that human scientists can barely comprehend, that cannot be stopped or destroyed?and one that will obliterate Earth.

Bisesa?s desperate quest for answers sends her first to Mars and then to Mir, which is itself threatened with extinction. The end seems inevitable. But as shocking new insights emerge into the nature of the Firstborn and their chilling plans for mankind, an unexpected ally appears from light-years away.

From the Hardcover edition.In the conclusion of thte Time Odyssey series, which began with Time's Eye and Sunstorm, the Firstborn, the alien race that built the iconic black monolith, wait for a sign as they plan to stop the advance of humankind through the use of a mysterious technology that is indistiguishable from magic. Reprint.
Author Bio
Arthur C. Clarke
Besides his visionary science fiction, Arthur C. Clarke has also had an astonishing influence on the scientific community. At 19, Clarke left home, moved to London, and began dabbling in science fiction. He enlisted in the Royal Air Force during World War II, and oversaw the first radar equipment used to assist in airplane landings. "Extraterrestrial Relays", his 1945 technical paper predicting the principles of geosynchronous satellite communications, was decades ahead of its time. His first science fiction saw print in 1946, while he was attending King's College. Graduating in 1948 with honors in physics and mathematics, he made his second major impact on the scientific community in 1954. His correspondence with Dr. Harry Wexler at the U.S. Weather Bureau led directly to the use of satellites as meteorological tools. Clarke's best-known work began in 1951 as a short story called "The Sentinel". After moving to Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon), he and director Stanley Kubrick began working on a script loosely based on "The Sentinel". While Kubrick wrote a screenplay version, Clarke worked on a novel, with elements from each informing the other. The film was eventually credited to them both; the novel, based on their screenplay, credited to Clarke. In 1968, 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY was released. Critical reaction was mixed, but it won an Academy Award, was nominated for three others, including Best Screenplay, and subsequently became a huge success. Today 2001 is regularly cited as a seminal, influential film. In 1969, Clarke co-anchored the 1969 moon landing with Walter Cronkite, and returned to comment on the next two landings. Clarke won his third Hugo--the first was in 1956 for the story "The Star" and the second he shared with Kubrick--for the 1972 story "A Meeting with Medusa". He won a second Nebula for the novel RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA, which also received the British Science Fiction Award. THE FOUNTAINS OF PARADISE (1979), also won a Hugo and a Nebula. The sequel to 2001, 2010: ODYSSEY TWO (1985) became a movie directed by Peter Hyams. Clarke, in Sri Lanka, communicated with Hyams in L.A. via modem, in one of the world's first Internet collaborations. Clarke has written more than 40 novels and over 20 short story collections, somehow remaining at the forefront of scientific development and being instrumental in changing the way humans see the world. He was knighted on February 4, 1998. He died March 19, 2008, while still working on his novel THE LAST THEOREM

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Pocketbook
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0410
Product attributePublisher:   Del Rey Books
Product attributeSeries Part:   03
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