Firstborn (A Time Odyssey #3)
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The first book (Time's Eye) seemed like a science fantasy to me. (Of course, it's still Clarke & Baxter, so the science included will be accurate.) In the vein of Barsoom, in which an alternate Earth (called Mir) is explored, and alternate time-streams result in a ...more
meni nije bila kako imam neko obrazovanje iz fizike no moglo bi biti problema tako da "čudne" rečenice jednostavno treba prihvatiti kao takve.
finale bih smjetio negdje između prve dvije knjige po kvaliteti, a cijelom serijalu ide jedna dobra četvorka, recimo 3,8 no moj opći dojam je kako mi je bilo ugodno potrošiti vrijeme uz njega.
netko od dvojca (vjerujem kako je Clarke ovdj ...more
Nevertheless, I loved the last 70 pages or so. Once Mr. Baxter gets past the predictable fate of the Q-bomb, the story opens up into a fascinating ...more
This, the third and final book in the series, has a ...more
Anyhow, the last book I reviewed I was a bit harsh on. I expected a fun romp through a future universe full of FTL and mysterious aliens, ...more
Oddly we actually spend very little time on Earth as Bisea is taken to Mars to see a discovery which chang ...more
The Firstborn–the mysterious race of aliens who first became known to science fiction fans as the builders of the iconic black monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey–have inhabited legendary master of science fiction Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s writing for decades. With Time’s Eye and Sunstorm, the first two books in their acclaimed Time Odyssey series, Clarke and his brilliant co-author Stephen Baxter imagined a near-future in which the Firstborn seek to stop the advance of human civilization by employi
As in the previous Sunstorm, earth is threatened with extinction, this time by an "unstoppable" cosmological bomb. This is the device to keep the plot moving along, which it does, although ultimately the solution is poorly thought out and unsatisfying.
The better points of the book are the ...more
Dopo il mediocre e banale secondo capitolo, questo terzo romanzo si presenta decisamente migliore, e non solo perché tutti i nodi finalmente vengono al pettine.
La trama si presenta ben dispiegata, equilibrata, e se anche può sembra un po' troppo priva di azione il ritmo rimane comunque incalzante.
Ciò che fa brillare comunque questo romanzo è la cura nei dettagli e la resa di tutto lo sfondo sociale-culturale-tecnologico del mondo ...more
The Firstborn have targeted Earth again, the time with a Q-bomb. Colonists on Mars find evidence that an ancient civilization there had been attacked by the Firstborn. Bisesa travels back to Mir. A lot going on here! Space elevators, interplanetary sailplanes powered by the Sun's photons, long dormant plants growing on Mars, on Mir travelers from the Chicago time slice in Amer ...more
Note, no spoilers but just touching on what’s revealed on the back cover of the book. Decades after the “firstborns” tried to wipe out all life on Earth in volume 2, they try once again with a quantum bomb!
Shades of finding out there is a second Death Star after the first was destroyed.
There were elements I liked about this book, but they were negated by what I didn’t like about it. There is a conclusion but… no ...more
I won't go into too spoiler-y plot details here, so I'll just say that my main issues with this book were the pacing and the last few chapters, which left me mildly confus ...more
“Well, yes, though as I said they’ve got hurricanes pretty much licked these days.” He glanced at the sky. “But further up there are other hazards”
Alexei, the 2nd space generation to be born into space on a ship, is a very intelligent human being who understands the Earth’s atmosphere more than the average person. While everything down on the Earth is s ...more
As it turned out the Firstborn had attacked ot ...more
Earth is at war with aliens. Only it's not all about spaceship battles & shootouts. These are intelligent aliens. They trigger catastrophic sunflares to wipe us out, send bombs to tear hunks of the planet into alternate realities, basically engage us with the elements while never revealing themselves. Humanity continues to prevail, but barely ...more
I think I may have connected less with these characters because it has been several years since reading the first two. There were numerous references to past events that were nebulous to me; nothing ...more
The story continues as Besesa is awoken from 25+ years of deep sleep. again the Firstborn have sent a threat to humanity i the shape of a disguised hammer" that travels through space as an asteroid to slam into Earth. Nothing humans try can take it off course or damage it. Besesa takes another trip to it via an eye found trapped on Mars. Communication between Earth and Mir cause the trapped eye to send a message to the "hammer" which then changes course to rescue ...more
Finishing this book was a bit of a disappointment. The 'universe' was great , though a lot of it is much the same a ...more
Zastanawia mnie niska skuteczność działań podejmowanych przez tytułowych Pierworodnych. Niby tacy potężni, a - jak można przeczytać w książce - bardzo wielu (większości?) zadań nie udaje im się zrealizować, mimo że próbowali ich już co najmniej kilkakrotnie. Jakby zupełnie nie uczyli się na własnych błędach, tylko ...more
Clarke was a graduate of King's Co ...more