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1: Bisesa

February 2069

It wasnt like waking. It was a sudden emergence, a clash of cymbals. Her eyes gaped wide open, and were filled with dazzling light. She dragged deep breaths into her lungs, and gasped with the shock of selfhood.

Shock, yes. She shouldnt be conscious. Something was wrong.

A pale shape swam in the air.

“Doctor Heyer?”

“No. No, Mum, its me.” That face came into focus a little more, and there was her daughter, that strong face, those clear blue eyes, those slightly heavy dark brows. There was something on her cheek, though, some kind of symbol. A tattoo?

“Myra?” She found her throat scratchy, her voice a husk. She had a dim sense, now, of lying on her back, of a room around her, of equipment and people just out of her field of view. “What went wrong?”

“Wrong?”

“Why wasnt I put into estivation?”

Myra hesitated. “Mumwhat date do you think it is?”

“2050. June fifth.”

“No. Its 2069, Mum. February. Nineteen years later. The hibernation worked.” Now Bisesa saw strands of gray in Myras dark hair, wrinkles gathering around those sharp eyes. Myra said, “As you can see I took the long way round.”

It must be true. Bisesa had taken another vast, unlikely step on her personal odyssey through time. “Oh, my.”

Another face loomed over Bisesa.

“Doctor Heyer?”

“No. Doctor Heyer has long retired. My name is Doctor Stanton. Were going to begin the full resanguination now. Im afraid its going to hurt.”

Bisesa tried to lick her lips. “Why am I awake?” she asked, and she immediately answered her own question. “Oh. The Firstborn.” What could it be but them? “A new threat.”

Myras face crumpled with hurt. “Youve been away for nineteen years. The first thing you ask about is the Firstborn. Ill come see you when youre fully revived.”

“Myra, wait”

But Myra had gone.

The new doctor was right. It hurt. But Bisesa had once been a soldier in the British Army. She forced herself not to cry out.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345491572
Author:
Clarke, Arthur C
Publisher:
Del Rey
Author:
Baxter, Stephen
Author:
Clarke, Arthur C.
Author:
Arthur C. Clarke Stephen Baxter
Author:
Clarke, Arthur Charles
Subject:
Science Fiction - Space Opera
Subject:
Space and time
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Science / Space Opera
Copyright:
Series:
Time Odyssey
Series Volume:
03
Publication Date:
20071226
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.58x6.52x1.33 in. 1.34 lbs.

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Product details 384 pages Del Rey Books - English 9780345491572 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Though supposedly the last volume of Clarke and Baxter's Time Odyssey series (after 2005's Sunstorm), this intriguing and frustrating installment of the high-octane space opera ends with an astounding cliffhanger just as humans have begun to confront the ancient and super-powerful Firstborn, who attack any species that might become a rival. Having barely survived a Firstborn-created solar flare, Earth now must cope with a meteor bomb approaching from deep space. Tensions rise between secretive, paranoid forces on Earth and equally suspicious groups among the Spacers, whose identification with humanity's home is waning. Meanwhile, in a pocket universe created by the Firstborn for some inscrutable purpose, slices from different Terran eons nervously adjust to each other. The narrative leaps about too much to develop characters, but Clarke has never been as interested in individuals as in humanity's ability to accept change as a species. It's too early to tell whether that theme will be enough to carry the story to a coherent conclusion." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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