Sunstorm (A Time Odyssey #2)
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I have a modest scientific background, and I was fascinated with the plot's premise of how the Firstborn were planning Earth's demise, and the feat of engineering needed to try to escape destruction.
I reall ...more
Ovaj nastavak (a direktno slijedi prvu knjigu, čak ima ponovljen zadnji pasus prve) mi je daleko bolje "sjeo"
Stalna akcija, Clarkeovo čvrsto držanje znanosti i time nadograđena fikcija, ne podlijeganje deus-ex-machina (ako sve vodi katastrofi onda neka bude katastrofa)
I ono što oni koji ne znaju koliki je Clarke znanstvenik - Sunce je stvarno sposobno bez imalo napora prirediti takav pičvajz, a i za manje ispade smo sada strahovito ranjivi (mi tzv. zapadnjaci, kojima je ...more
After a mellow start, Sunstorm steadily builds in pace and scope until a grand climax. As with part one of the trilogy, Time’s Eye ...more
Just as we saw in the first novel, the Firstborn are apparently behind an elaborate scheme to fry the Earth in a manner that brings to mind the bes ...more
-the scenario has not the grand scope that Clarke has gotten us used to and the idea is far than original (the sun is going to destroy the Earth? Come on, this is Hollywood stuff!). The first book of the trilogy was much more original and interesting as a premise
-He’s using many of today’s ideas and facts ...more
I enjoyed this book more than the first, but then it is a totally different type of book. This book is a more of an 'end of the world' book. The character, Bisesa Dutt, who is also in the first book is a very different character in this book and really a very minor one. The knowledge that ...more
Two giants__Clarke, one of the greatest SF writers, and award-winning Evolution (2003) author Baxter__have collaborated on an insidious vision of the future that's sure to thrill fans of 2001: A Space Odyssey and other SF classics. It may help to first read Time's Eye, which provides the back story to the aliens' cruel experiments and desire to wipe out Earth, but each book stands alone. Convincing characters, including a British astronomer and doomsday physicist, lead the collective countdown t...more
This is an exciting book. Keeping with what’s revealed on the back of the book only, it’s discovered that there is anomaly in the sun’s core that will lead to a sunstorm that will eradicate all life on Earth!
Mankind begins the scramble to survive and no, it’s not by applying triple coats of sunscreen. Everyone’s going to die!
I liked this volume. Lots of characters and many moving p ...more
Probably the best way to describe Sunstorm is as a straightforward action/drama. Some suspense in terms of the details of the final outcome, but no real doubt in how the big picture would turn out.
Looking forward to what book 3, "First Bo ...more
Esto ya es bastante malo, caos generalizado pero podemos salir adelante. Pero cuando se buscan respuestas y se ve que es solo el anticipo de una tormenta masiva mucho peor, que acabará con to ...more
Expecting a sequel to the exciting and fast paced Times Eye, Book 1, I read this quickly expecting a continuation of exciting confrontations, featuring historical figures and mind boggling dimensional time travel.
Alas, this follows the fortunes of Bisesa, who was the only person from the first book to return to her own time. The world according to Baxter and Clarke in 2037, is interesting enough, but not remarkable. The plot revolves around the a sun spike that threa ...more
I really enjoyed the issue presented in this book: humanity's woefully unprepared state when it comes to increased solar activity. That can do serious damage to the ...more
Dostajemy za to solidną porcję hardkorowego science-fiction, z elementami powieści katastroficznej (albo, na odwrót), w którym fabuła spełnia rolę naprawdę marginalną. Postaci w zasadzie istnieją tylko p ...more
Jesus! 1859 -- the last major 'storm -- was not that long ago, and that one (as well as the 1989 mini) were kittens compared to what the Sun is truly capable of. Internet, cellphones, hell basic electric service ... kiss it all goodbye ... maybe for years 'cause the equipment needed to re-engineer (and MASS produce) elec.-grid infrastructure is pretty much NONEXISTENT.
Sorry ,,, back to the novel ...
2 stars for characterization and " ...more
Firstly, when only one character is brought forwar ...more
The book follows the discovery of the coming storm, the building of the shield and the day of the sunstorm itself. Bisea is largely in the background, making it known to those in ...more
This book picks up where the first one left off with Biesa waking up in her appartment one day after she was taken to Mir, but for her 5 years have passed. On the day she returns the earth is hit by a solar flare/sunstorm that knocks out the majority of earths electronics and sets the stage for the massive sunstorm that is going to hit the earth 5 years in the futrure eradicating all life on earth. Once the scientists figure out what is going on they race to find a way to protec ...more
Per farla breve, questo secondo capitolo è un'autentica americanata. Non so se sia colpa del lungimirante e ormai decisamente vecchio Clarke, o di Baxter (che conosco troppo poco). L'idea di fondo è interessante e geniale, ma la storia è venuta fuori con un tristissimo effetto da "Indipendence Day"... Pietosa la conclusi ...more
So, the First Ones threw a really big rock from a long ways away a long long time ago and it ...more
Clarke was a graduate of King's Co ...more