Sunstorm (A Time Odyssey #2)
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
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
Firstly, when only one character is brought forwar...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
In the first book, slices of time from throughout the world's history have been stitched together. The whole book is spent trying to figure out when they are, where they are (an alternate earth they name Mir) and what exactly happened....oh yes, and how not to get killed by the othe...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
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
Once again I'm afraid that character development was not handle...more
So, the First Ones threw a really big rock from a long ways away a long long time ago and it...more
I do have a scientific background, and I was fascinated with the plot's premise of how the Firstborn were planning Earth's demise.
I really found this to be a book of a very different flavor from the first one... much bet...more
With Time's Eye, we were given an enjoyable action adventure on a grand scale. With Sunstorm, we are given a disaster/doomsday scenario that, unless you've never indulged in any of the hundreds of stories based around such a premise, then this will unlikely be of much interest.
Overall, Sunstorm felt like it would read like a wet dream for science a...more
The story is interesting, but the authors talk too much about evolution. The authors are convinced that evolution is a fact and that evolution is devoid of purpose. Moreover, the authors spout ridiculous statements about evolution putting the last nail in intelligent designs coffin. Yet the au...more
I also hadn't realized this was part of a series, but I probably won't bother with the first part as again it sounded...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
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
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
-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
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
The description of a plane blowing up in a terrorist attack was quite disturbing; not recommended for people who are afraid to fly, like myself. I still cringe just thinking about it.
Clarke was a graduate of King's Co...more