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Time's Eye (A Time Odyssey #1)

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Sir Arthur C. Clarke is a living legend, a writer whose name has been synonymous with science fiction for more than fifty years. An indomitable believer in human and scientific potential, Clarke is a genuine visionary. If Clarke has an heir among today s science fiction writers, it is award-winning author Stephen Baxter. In each of his acclaimed novels, Baxter has demonstr ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 379 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Del Rey Books (first published 2003)
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Dec 04, 2014 Lyn rated it it was ok
Dear Sir Arthur C. Clarke,

As a Poul Anderson fan, I enjoyed your collaborative novel Time’s Eye with Stephen Baxter. Not that Anderson has a monopoly on time travel / alternate history books and ideas, but some of his strongest works are in this sub-genre. This one reminded me of Anderson’s The Dancer From Atlantis, and it was also reminiscent of Philip Jose Farmer’s To Your Scattered Bodies Go, with the eclectic blend of historic folks from divergent times. I also enjoyed the references to your
Jason Golomb
Feb 12, 2010 Jason Golomb rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I thoroughly enjoyed Time’s Eye - it's got action, science, and solidly developed characters. It's also got an ancient history battle royale between Alexander the Great and his army vs. Genghis Khan and his Mongolian hoard.

Time's Eye is the first in Stephen Baxter and Arthur C. Clarke's Time Odyssey series which takes place in the same universe as Clarke's 2001 stories. Inexplicably (at least initially), Earth is sliced up and stitched back together creating a mish-mash of timeframes. This scen
May 24, 2010 Jake rated it really liked it
It is not an accident that I am only now getting to this trilogy. Though I enjoyed The Light of Other Days , that collaboration felt primarily like a sexed up re-exploration of themes Arthur C. Clarke explored more poignantly in his masterpiece Childhood’s End . Then I recently enjoyed a short story Baxter authored using Clarke's ideas. Realizing I liked Baxter’s writing style on its own merits, I decided to give the Time Odyssey trilogy a go.

The mixing of different historical periods is fasc
Jul 05, 2013 Emmy rated it it was ok
First, let me just say that I have really enjoyed the works of Sir Arthur C. Clarke up until this point. I devoured 2001: A Space Odyssey with an abandon that I have not previously brought to a straight-up piece of Science Fiction. So, when I came across this one at a used book store, it was really the name that got me interested, even though the premise itself seemed interesting enough.

However, I was sadly disappointed. The plot itself was a great idea, but the execution was rather piss-poor. I
Nov 24, 2014 Krbo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
nije mi baš sjelo.

jednostavno ne događa se ništa, da dogodio se Diskontinuitet, golema područja na Zemlji su ispremiješana kroz stoljeća i imaju neke čudne kugle posvuda.

dobio sam publicističku lekciju o "crvenim mundirima", životu,okrutnosti, smradu, jelu i seksu Mongola. Neko nabadanje od Alexi Velikom i o tome što makedonci jedu, nose sa sobom i koliko oni smrde.

jedan superpametni telefon koji se boji otići u stand-by pa se pita "hoće li sanjati" - eh, ajmo pogoditi odakle je ovo

onda su se ne
Patrick Gibson
Mar 21, 2011 Patrick Gibson rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
An eloquent work of speculative fiction. The book is more fantasy than Science Fiction in its jigsaw reconfiguration of time and space on Earth, but as Clarke wrote of long ago, "Any sufficiently developed technology is indistinguishable from magic." Clarke brings his deep philosophy to the forefront, and Baxter's writing is smooth, vibrant and rich as a patchwork quilt cut from velvet. The prose is aggressive and the characters sharply drawn. The opening scene with the walking apes is a nod to ...more
Jan 27, 2013 Dan rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
All of a sudden the world changes. It becomes a patchwork of history, with humans and animals from all across time appearing next to each other. A helicopter crew from 2037 crash land in British Empire India where they meet Rudyard Kipling and together they all meet the army of Alexander the Great. A crew also from 2037 in the International Space Station are heading back to Earth and eventually end up meeting Genghis Khan and his Mongol tribe.

It eventually leads to a battle between the armies o
Dec 03, 2014 Debbie rated it really liked it
I read to be entertained and Time’s Eye certainly did that! The concept that the Earth has been carved up into a jigsaw puzzle of different times was original and fascinating. The characters include Rudyard Kipling, Russian cosmonauts, British soldiers from the 1880’s, and US Air and Space Force officers from 2037. And while I hate military-style sci-fi with battles, the confrontation between Alexander the Great and Genghis Khan made for great reading.
There were several things that were never e
May 14, 2016 Stone rated it it was amazing
Time’s Eye is a book set in the future, past, far past, and even farther past. Stephen Baxter and Arthur C. Clarke have done excellently to use these 4 perspectives to weave a fantastic story.

This story really looks at theories about Time already in place and expands them into something radical. This book always keeps me guessing along with the characters in the book about what are the potential dangers in their choices, what are these “eyes” and their strange properties etc. All in all, it is
Jess Cattanach
I don’t know how it would have been possible for me not to enjoy this book: it’s written by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter, and the audiobook edition I have is narrated by one of my absolute favourite narrators, John Lee. Basically, what’s not to like?

I got this book, along with about six others, when Audible had their recent “first in a series” sale. I thought I was being clever, thinking, “oh, I’ll just get these cheap first books, I won’t be in any rush to get the next books in the serie
Sep 01, 2013 C rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Book 1 in Time Odyssey series.
The fabric ofa time is pulled apart and the earth put back together in a random, helter skelter way. round, shiny orbs hang in the air like eyes, everywhere. 2037 - Bisesa, a female UN peace keeper, Case;y and Cecil De Morgan are taken in their helicopter and find their way to 1885. Here Ca pt Grove, Josh , Rudyard Kipling are part of a British regiment in India Their explorations of what has happened tale tjem tp Alexander the Great, 23 centuries in the past. they
Jul 14, 2009 C.S. rated it really liked it
So a while back I got the urge to read some really good science fiction. I grew up on sci-fi, but hadn't read any in years, not since first coming to college. I had it in my head that I would pick some new author, or at least one I wasn't already familiar with. Instead, I found myself reading the last series of books by science fiction's greatest writer, a man who is nothing if not familiar to me. I was not disappointed, though I suppose I still haven't quite accomplished what I set out to do.

Víctor Gutiérrez
Es una gratificante novela que al ser leída por segunda ocasión se vuelve más rica de leer. En ella Arthur Clarke nos cuenta como de pronto el tiempo se ve fraccionado en la Tierra y nace una nueva Tierra con un collage de zonas geográficas cronológicamente diferentes, es decir, en alguna lugar es una año, y al cruzar un río es un año completamente distinto, aquí los pocos humanos que han sobrevivido tratan de crear un nuevo orden mundial. Por ello es que Gengis Khan y sus mongoles se enfrentan ...more
Oct 03, 2012 Johann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ou comment faire se rencontrer, lors d'une bataille épique, les armées d'Alexandre et de Gensis Khan. Oeuvre posthume de C. Clarke, ce premier tome met en place éléments et personnages d'une saga en trois tomes. Le style est fluide mais beaucoup moins précis que la saga Rama ou 2001 (je crois que Clarke n'a pas eu le temps de finir, d'où la collaboration avec Baxter). ça va très vite (trop vite) mais ça lit très bien et la bataille attendue tient ses promesses. Pour l'Histoire (avec un H), cela ...more
Dec 10, 2015 Christi rated it liked it
Who doesn't love an epic battle between Alexander the Great and Ghengis Khan? But what happened at the end there buddy?
Jan 21, 2016 John rated it really liked it
Years ago I enjoyed Space Odyssey 2001 and 2010, and this new book certainly falls in the realm of very unusual and thought provoking Sci-Fi as the previous ones did. I am still up in the air about whether or not I will dive into the other books in this particular trilogy, but I am glad that this one crossed my path.

Truth in advertising, I listened to this as an audio book, so some of my comments I am sure are related to that fact. The story, in general, dealt with a few different groups of peop
Jan 21, 2016 Jonas rated it it was amazing
I forgot how much I loved sci-fi, and then I read Time 19s Eye. Arthur C. Clarke is a master and was way ahead of his time. I read his Space Odyssey series and loved it, so I thought I 19d give his Time Odyssey series a go. I am glad I did. Book 1, Time 19s Eye, had everything I love in a book. It had aspects of science, science fiction, and historical fiction all wrapped up in one.

When the Firstborn take random slices of Earth from random time periods and put them all together, what do you get?
Jul 27, 2013 Afshaan rated it really liked it
A very very good read. The synopsis itself is gripping. A wonderfully weaved tale where human and Earth history collide, collaborate and compete. Very original concept; at least I haven't come across something like this before.

This book has a sequel and thus by the end if this book, you are left with more questions than you started off with. Which means you Have to get your hands on the second one. And that's exactly what I have done.

I heartily recommend this to all sci-fi fans.

David Harris
May 20, 2014 David Harris rated it it was ok
I'm a big fan of Arthur C Clarke, but this novel was disappointing. The book didn't lack for interesting characters in interesting situations, and I enjoyed reading it. But it didn't come together for me in the end. I got no sense of who was behind the eye/eyes and what the whole point of them was. It seemed strange to me that it would grant Bisesa the right to go back to her previous life after all the callous, incomprehensible pain and suffering it had allowed to happen and, ultimately, caused ...more
Feb 10, 2014 Tomislav rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This is set in a universe with concepts from Arthur C. Clarke's 2001:A Space Odyssey, but a lot of the writing seems like Stephen Baxter's to me. And there is more plot tension than I am used to from either of these writers. I read the book in about two days.

The premise is that at one moment, the Earth is carved up and reassembled with patches from different times of human history. The most modern representatives are three UN Peacekeepers and three cosmonauts from 2037, and there is also an outp
Sep 24, 2014 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Supongamos que un día, sin explicación aparente, la Tierra desaparece. Y en su lugar tenemos una nueva Tierra a pedazos, hecha a trozos de varios kilómetros venidos de diferentes momentos de la historia de la humanidad. Un retazo del mosaico viene de la prehistoria, otro del siglo XV, el de más allá del futuro cercano... Para quienes estaban en el momento preciso en el pedazo correcto, simplemente han sentido un cambio repentino en la posición del sol y las estrellas. Y tal vez, si caminan un po ...more
Nov 14, 2015 Charles rated it it was ok
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Richard Thompson
In an instant — called the Discontinuity after the fact — the Earth is chopped up into regular bits each one in what seems to be a randomly different chunk of time. The bits of time seem to span a period of about two million years from the emergence of consciousness to the present. And the whole business is obviously linked to the appearance of indestructible floating metallic spheres that the survivors of the Discontinuity call Eyes.

The cast of characters that we meet include a proto-human fema
Maciej Janiec
Po poprzednich książkach Baxtera spodziewałem się czegoś innego, a dostałem książkę o alternatywnej historii, zlepionej z fragmentów różnych epok. Niestety nie za wiele było w tym nowych elementów. No i praktyczny brak jakiś głębszych wątków fizycznych czy technologicznych. Cóż, to pierwszy z trzech tomów, może dalej będzie lepiej ("Burza słoneczna" zapowiada się ciekawiej).
Gloria Piper
Aug 07, 2014 Gloria Piper rated it really liked it
An alien intelligence splinters the earth into a patchwork of eras, from the prehistoric to A.D. 2037. A team of U.N. peacekeepers meet Imperial Age British soldiers and journalists in India and then Alexander the Great. Cosmonauts meet Genghis Khan. All along the way metalic globes--possibly eyes--hover in the air, as stationary as pushpins on the bulletin board. What is the purpose behind the watching globes? To experiment on man-apes? To see what happens when Alexander the Great meets Genghis ...more
Joseph M. O'Connor
An interesting perspective

If nothing else, it's highly imaginative. I rather enjoyed the concept that one might take slices of the earth from various times and throw them back together... just to see what happened! The authors take great joy in mixing culture, history, technology, religion and spirituality in one big pot. Their predicted outcome, of course, is that humans are humans, regardless of era or epoch. Humans are also very dangerous animals, regardless of era or epoch. A frightening tru
Apr 16, 2015 Louis rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the authors
Time’s Eye, Book One of “A Time Odyssey.” Hey, wasn't there a space odyssey already?

Yes there was. Written by Arthur C. Clarke. In this novel which is a start of a trilogy, Mr. Clarke and Stephen Baxter take a different view of the advanced aliens that were behind the monoliths of the well-known “Space Odyssey” saga and imagine a day where they take the world and well, scramble it. They toss together people of various times in human history and place them on a new version of our world.

So we ge
Cian Beirdd
Jan 23, 2014 Cian Beirdd rated it it was amazing
Think about this for a moment, some force tears apart the earth and reconstructs it from various periods of time. Now by that I mean not just the populations but the earth itself. A hundred square miles of ice age followed by a continent that is mostly thirteenth century. Who thinks of stuff like that? And the characters? Clarke doesn't make the mistake of trying to get into the minds of Genghis or Alexander, but sees them through the eyes of modern observers. I loved seeing how the various peri ...more
Keith Beasley-topliffe
I picture Arthur Clarke and Stephen Baxter shooting the bull over drinks.
Who'd win in a battle? Alexander the Great and his army or Genghiz Khan and his horde?
Oh, obviously Ghenghiz.
But what if you gave Alexander a few 19th century Brits and sepoys with rifles?
Hmm, that'd be close--but who'd read it?
Well, we could throw in some 21st century advisors on each side for our readers to relate to.... But how do we make it work?
Oh, mosaic world, string theory, incredibly ancient race of superbein
Aug 03, 2016 Melissa rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
I used to read science fiction all the time and always enjoyed Clarke's books- even went to a talk by him many years ago where he predicted everyone that could would be teleworking in the future. But either I changed or sci-fi has changed and I just don't enjoy it as much anymore. This book was an example. The "first ones" are concerned about the future of the universe and are doing pruning? or something and as part of this process come to the earth and mess with it, tearing apart time and putti ...more
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Arthur C. Clarke was one of the most important and influential figures in 20th century science fiction. He spent the first half of his life in England, where he served in World War Two as a radar operator, before emigrating to Ceylon in 1956. He is best known for the novel and movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, which he co-created with the assistance of Stanley Kubrick.

Clarke was a graduate of King's Co
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