By Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
Sir Arthur C. Clarke is a residing legend, a author whose identify has been synonymous with technology fiction for greater than fifty years. An indomitable believer in human and clinical power, Clarke is a real visionary. If Clarke has an inheritor between today’s technological know-how fiction writers, it's award-winning writer Stephen Baxter. In each one of his acclaimed novels, Baxter has verified astonishing presents of mind's eye and mind, besides a unprecedented skill to convey the main cerebral technological know-how dramatically to lifestyles. Now those champions of humanism and clinical hypothesis have mixed their skills in a singular certain to be essentially the most talked-about of the 12 months, a 2001 for the hot millennium.
For eons, Earth has been less than commentary through the Firstborn, beings virtually as previous because the universe itself. The Firstborn are unknown to humankind— until eventually they act. directly, Earth is carved up and reassembled like a major jigsaw puzzle. unexpectedly the planet and each dwelling factor on it not exist in one timeline. as an alternative, the realm turns into a patchwork of eras, from prehistory to 2037, every one with its personal indigenous inhabitants.
Scattered around the planet are floating silver orbs impervious to all guns and most unlikely to speak with. Are those technologically complicated units chargeable for growing and maintaining the rifts in time? Are they cameras by which inscrutable alien eyes are observing? Or are they anything stranger and extra terrifying still?
The resolution may possibly lie within the historic urban of Babylon, the place teams of refugees from 2037—three cosmonauts returning to Earth from the foreign house Station, and 3 United countries peacekeepers on a venture in Afghanistan—have detected radio indications: the single such indications on this planet, except their very own. The peacekeepers locate allies in nineteenth-century British troops and within the armies of Alexander the nice. The astronauts, crash-landed within the steppes of Asia, sign up for forces with the Mongol horde led via Genghis Khan. the 2 aspects set out for Babylon, each one decided to win the race for wisdom . . . and the ability that lies within.
Yet the true strength is past human keep watch over, maybe even human knowing. As nice armies face off prior to the gates of Babylon, it watches, ready. . . .
From the Hardcover edition.