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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. Clarkes writing for decades. With Times 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. Mirs 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 humanitys 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.

Bisesas 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.

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Arthur C. Clarke is considered the greatest science fiction writer of all time and is an international treasure in many other ways, including the fact that a 1945 article by him led to the invention of satellite technology. Books by Clarke-both fiction and nonfiction-have sold more than one hundred million copies worldwide. Mr. Clarke passed away March 19th, 2008.

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Craig Ensz, March 29, 2010 (view all comments by Craig Ensz)
Longtime fans of Arthur C. Clark as well as first time readers will be carried away by the mystery and suspense of Firstborn. The 'bomb' heading for earth and who sent it will keep you up at night. This is Clark, and Baxter, at their finest. Their earlier thrillers in the genre have built up to the present novel and do not alter Clarks ability to take the reader for a good ride.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345491589
Author:
Clarke, Arthur C
Publisher:
Del Rey Books
Author:
Baxter, Stephen
Author:
Clarke, Arthur Charles
Author:
Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter
Author:
Clarke, Arthur C.
Subject:
Science Fiction - Space Opera
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Space and time
Subject:
Science / Space Opera
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Space Opera
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series:
Time Odyssey
Series Volume:
03
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
6.70x4.10x1.20 in. .45 lbs.

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