By Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
Sir Arthur C. Clarke is a dwelling legend, a author whose identify has been synonymous with technological know-how fiction for greater than fifty years. An indomitable believer in human and medical power, Clarke is a real visionary. If Clarke has an inheritor between today’s technological know-how fiction writers, it truly is award-winning writer Stephen Baxter. In each one of his acclaimed novels, Baxter has established spectacular presents of mind's eye and mind, besides a unprecedented skill to convey the main cerebral technology dramatically to lifestyles. Now those champions of humanism and medical hypothesis have mixed their abilities in a unique absolute to be the most talked-about of the yr, a 2001 for the hot millennium.
For eons, Earth has been below remark by way of the Firstborn, beings virtually as previous because the universe itself. The Firstborn are unknown to humankind— until eventually they act. straight away, Earth is carved up and reassembled like a massive jigsaw puzzle. all at once the planet and each dwelling factor on it not exist in one timeline. as an alternative, the area turns into a patchwork of eras, from prehistory to 2037, each 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 accountable for growing and maintaining the rifts in time? Are they cameras by which inscrutable alien eyes are staring at? Or are they anything stranger and extra terrifying still?
The resolution could 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 international locations peacekeepers on a challenge in Afghanistan—have detected radio signs: the one such signs 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, subscribe to forces with the Mongol horde led by means of Genghis Khan. the 2 facets set out for Babylon, every one made up our minds to win the race for wisdom . . . and the facility that lies within.
Yet the genuine energy is past human keep watch over, maybe even human knowing. As nice armies face off ahead of the gates of Babylon, it watches, ready. . . .
From the Hardcover edition.