By Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
The Firstborn–the mysterious race of extraterrestrial beings who first grew to become recognized to technology fiction lovers because the developers of the enduring black monolith in 2001: an area Odyssey–have inhabited mythical grasp of technology 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 amazing co-author Stephen Baxter imagined a near-future within which the Firstborn search to forestall the development of human civilization by way of applying a know-how indistinguishable from magic.
Their first act was once the Discontinuity, during which Earth was once carved into sections from diversified eras of historical past, restitched right into a patchwork international, and renamed Mir. Mir’s population incorporated such notables as Alexander the nice, Genghis Khan, and United countries peacekeeper Bisesa Dutt. For purposes unknown to her, Bisesa entered into verbal exchange with an alien artifact of inscrutable objective and godlike power–a energy that at last back her to Earth. There, she performed an instrumental function in humanity’s race opposed to time to forestall a doomsday occasion: an immense sun typhoon brought on through the alien Firstborn designed to get rid of all lifestyles from the planet. That destiny was once avoided at an not possible expense. Now, twenty-seven years later, the Firstborn are back.
This time, they're pulling no punches: they've got despatched a “quantum bomb.” dashing towards Earth, it's a gadget 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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Firstborn (Time Odyssey, Book 3) by Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter