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 truly is award-winning writer Stephen Baxter. In every one of his acclaimed novels, Baxter has verified staggering presents of mind's eye and mind, in addition to an extraordinary skill to carry the main cerebral technological know-how dramatically to existence. Now those champions of humanism and clinical hypothesis have mixed their abilities in a unique absolute to be the most talked-about of the 12 months, a 2001 for the hot millennium.
For eons, Earth has been lower than commentary by way of the Firstborn, beings nearly as outdated because the universe itself. The Firstborn are unknown to humankind— till they act. right away, Earth is carved up and reassembled like an incredible jigsaw puzzle. unexpectedly the planet and each residing factor on it not exist in one timeline. as a substitute, 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 accountable for growing and maintaining the rifts in time? Are they cameras wherein inscrutable alien eyes are looking at? Or are they anything stranger and extra terrifying still?
The resolution may possibly lie within the old 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 project in Afghanistan—have detected radio indications: the single such indications in the world, 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 through Genghis Khan. the 2 facets set out for Babylon, every one decided to win the race for wisdom . . . and the facility that lies within.
Yet the genuine energy is past human regulate, even perhaps human realizing. As nice armies face off prior to the gates of Babylon, it watches, ready. . . .
From the Hardcover edition.