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Time's Eye (A Time Odyssey #1)

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For eons, Earth has been under observation by the Firstborn, beings almost as old as the universe itself. The Firstborn are unknown to humankind-until they act. In an instant, Earth is carved up and reassembled like a huge jigsaw puzzle. Suddenly the planet and every living thing on it no longer exist in a single timeline. Instead, the world becomes a patchwork of eras, fr ...more
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Published December 16th 2003 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2003)
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Lyn
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
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Jake
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 fascin
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Jason Golomb
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
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Krbo
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
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Patrick Gibson
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
Dan
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
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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
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Emmy
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
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C
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
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C.S.
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.

Wh
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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
Johann
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
David Harris
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
Tomislav
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
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David
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
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
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
Debbie
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
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Cian Beirdd
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
Gary
This was a very interesting premise, with some thought provoking ideas. Other ideas (like the inevitable meeting of the two great leaders) was very predictable. This book stayed true to plot up until the last two pages, then it went soft/happy ending on the reader. That would have been acceptable if it had promoted plot conclusion. Instead it left the reader disappointed with actions totally disconnected from the rest of the book. That aside, two pages of off-topic was not enough to warrant a di ...more
Misserose
Very interesting and imaginative!
Karen
This was not my favorite as far as this series is concerned but that could be because I read it out of order and knew what was going to happen later. This was more like a history lesson as we do get to meet the historical figures who are a part of the Discontinuity that takes them all on the same day. The writing is clear and flows well but is still fairly slow. There is not a lot of character development for those that are not already known as a part of history. They can seem to be kind of one ...more
Bam
I've always been drawn to books that deal with shifts in time: travel, warps, rifts. This one by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter is a doozy. On June 8, 2037, an 'Eye', a strange metallic globe, appears in the sky and seems to be the cause of a 'discontinuity' that rips apart both time and space and reknits bits and pieces from different eras on Earth.
Bisesa and her fellow helicopter crew members, part of an UN peacekeepers mission, crash land near a fort in India and find it manned by Briti
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shayla,
Time's Eye, dual written by Arthur C. Clarke (whom's work I'm familiar with) and Stephen Baxter (no idea who he even is). Unlike Arthur's more famous works, a space anomaly takes place right on Earth and leaves numerous differentiating groups of hand-picked humans destined to try to pick up the pieces. Space-time has literally been ripped apart on Earth, leaving the planet in shambles. It appears that the Earth has become a giant puzzle with different people, eras and land masses all thrown toge ...more
Tancredi
"I Primogeniti, venuti alla luce in un universo vuoto, apprezzavano la vita più di ogni altra cosa. Ma, per perservare la vita, a volte la vita doveva essere distrutta."

Dopo l'"Odissea nello spazio", adesso quella nel tempo. Un grande romanzo fantascientifico da uno dei più grandi autori del genere.
Originale, riprende anche temi propri dei suoi precedenti lavori: così ecco ancora una volta misteriose entità semi-divine che spiano gli abitanti del pianeta Terra.
Una storia interessantissima e ben
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Patreck
Purhaps Author C. Clarke's one and only good book. His other books are long, drawn out and have stone characters, along with pointless scenes that have little or no key point to the actual plot.
Unlike those other books such as "3000" and "Rendevue with Rama," "Time's Eye" seems to catch my attention.
All the characters have a purpose to the storyline. They are original and unique, which makes the plot move. There are also so many things these characters know, along with thier personalities that
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Blue
I listened to this book narrated by John Lee.

I have not read a lot of Arthur C. Clarke...I usually find his concepts better than his characters. This time, possibly because of the addition of author Stephen Baxter, the characters are the stand outs. In an instant, people and lands of Earth from different time periods are mashed up next to each other. Cavemen run into modern day man...and a few people from our future are also thrown into the mix. It is all pretty cool in a "What if..." kind of wa
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Rafal Jasinski
Spora dawka historii alternatywnej, oparta na pomysłowym koncepcie, jakkolwiek kulejąca, co nieco, w warstwie fabularnej - wychodząc z założenia "wymieszania czasu" na przestrzeni planety, na pewno dałoby się zbudować dużo lepszą opowieść. Do tego duży minus tej powieści stanowią jednowymiarowi bohaterowie, co zważywszy na to, z jakimi osobistościami się tu spotykamy, jest co najmniej zaskakujące. Zwłaszcza dlatego, że autorzy nie postarali się o to, co byłoby zabiegiem fajnym - czyli o wyjście ...more
Kristin
I’m usually not enthusiastic about alternate history type books - I did not finish Dies the Fire by SM Sterling, but I did greatly enjoy To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis. I won’t read Blackout/All Clear however. Absolutely, totally, utterly no interest.

Time’s Eye, however, pulled me in from page one. I think the initial interest was because I recently watched the History of India (PBS special) and the significance of the Khyber Pass between India, Afghanistan and Pakistan was explaine
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Sue Smith
You can't beat science fiction when it comes to introducing a mind blowing story line. Their unfortunate demise is usually with character development - although this story is better than most! Once you can wrap your mind around the concepts that the premise of the book is based on - and for those of us who are not particularly scientifically minded that can be a wee bit of work - it's a great story. Just let yourself go with the flow and it just works.

There's something intrinsically fascinating
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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.

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