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Sunstorm (A Time Odyssey #2)

3.79  ·  Rating Details ·  3,567 Ratings  ·  145 Reviews
When Sir Arthur C. Clarke, the greatest science fiction writer ever, teams up with award-winning author Stephen Baxter, who shares Clarke’s bold vision of a future where technology and humanism advance hand in hand, the result is bound to be a book of stellar ambition and accomplishment. Such was the case with Time’s Eye. Now, in the highly anticipated sequel, Clarke and B ...more
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Published March 29th 2005 by Del Rey (first published 2005)
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Apr 30, 2015 Bryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, series-complete
I enjoyed this book more than the first book. Again, Clarke & Baxter ensure that the science is emphasized in their science fiction -- and they do so in a way that should not only be understood by those without a scientific background, but also will be enjoyed by those same people as well.

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
Dec 01, 2014 Krbo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recimo jedno 3,8 zvjezdica

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
I worried this novel might fail to set itself apart from so many similar disaster movies. Happily, this fear proved unfounded. Sunstorm is the thinking audience’s answer to popcorn disaster flicks. It trades fast-paced action and thin plot for a more compelling and engrossing science-based drama. This is not to say the book lacks entertainment value. It has plenty.

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
Patrick Gibson
The second book in Baxter and Clarke's Time Series, "Sunstorm," shows what happens when Sci-Fi and Fantasy writers are encouraged (forced?) to think of their work in terms of multi-volume sets. While "Times Eye" has a unique, though ultimately puzzling, backdrop to challenge our protagonists, "Sunstorm" comes across both uninteresting and uninspired.

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
Aug 20, 2008 Themistocles rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
This is probably the worst Clarke’s book (because, admit it, who cares about Baxter?) I’ve read. Not that it’s bad, and it does keep you engrossed and turning pages from the very beginning, but:

-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
Apr 04, 2009 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While this book is billed as "Book Two of the Time Odyssey" it can be read as a stand alone, no problem. In fact the one character and the part of the plot that connect these two books are stretched very thin.

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
Bookmarks Magazine

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

Jul 04, 2015 Louis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the authors
Sunstorm. Mr. Clarke and Stephen Baxter continue their tale in this second book of their “A Time Odyssey” trilogy.

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
Apr 02, 2008 Pete rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the things that have always drawn me to the books of Arthur C. Clarke is how his books emphasize the science in science fiction. This one in particular I enjoyed because it did two things very well: it painted a realistic picture of near future technology and culture, and it put humanity up against a very difficult scenario in which it is hopelessly outclassed and must rely on the human spirit for any chance of survival. His books combine the strange elements of science fiction with a sol ...more
Jul 21, 2009 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really impressed with this! It was published in 2006 not long before Arthur Clarke passed away and he must have entered into this collaboration because of his physical weaknesses (I remember reading he visited NYC in 2006 in a wheelchair). Such collaborations in SF usually are pretty weak in my experience but this is quite good. I will have to check out more of this team. I learned alot that I trust in this book, mainly about the sun and its inner workings. And the story was good too. Only s ...more
A good book, though not nearly as exciting or enjoyable as the first book, "Time's Eye." The experience of reading this book was very like seeing "Matrix Reloaded"; good story, worth reading, but lacking just about everything that made the original so much fun.

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
Cian Beirdd
I try to stay positive, so let's start with that. Clarke's elevator to space is present, as are some fascinating technological and ethical issues; the shield for the planet, having every citizens grow what's needed, problems the sun could pose that go beyond the simple radiation - like causing religious hysteria. I also found the ethics intriguing; granting rights to mechanical sentients would eliminate much of the science fiction dystopian work such as BSG, Terminator, and so forth. It's plain ...more
May 30, 2016 Holmes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unlike most trilogies, this second installment is much better than the first, Time's Eye. While the first book lacks focus, the second book orients us clearly towards an impending catastrophic sunstorm. We know what to expect, but the authors expertly build up our anticipation. We can keenly feel the daring optimism of the ones responsible for saving the Earth, but at the same time the helplessness is palpable. Tension continues to escalate throughout the book, until the storm finally breaks out ...more
Oct 05, 2014 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
En un futuro relativamente cercano, un día recibimos los efectos de una tormenta solar como no hemos recibido antes. Una civilización tan dependiente de la electrónica como la nuestra sufre las consecuencias, prácticamente como un pulso electromagnético que arrasa con la mayoría de comunicaciones y sistemas.

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
Richard Thompson
Aug 27, 2016 Richard Thompson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Bisesa is back in London in 2037 when the Earth is battered by a huge solar storm. Scientists on the moon analyzing the data from the storm come to the conclusion that a much more devastating solar disruption will happen in less than five years. When Bisesa hears this she is convinced that the storms are not a random thing, that they are linked to the Firstborn and the things that she saw on Mir in book one of the series.

A big cast of characters, some REALLY big engineering, some cosmic science.
Dec 03, 2014 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read the 2nd book in the Time’s Eye trilogy, Sunstorm, hoping to get answers to several unexplained plot threads in the first book. I actually didn’t get any answers, but got another entertaining sci-fi novel instead. In this book the same aliens – Firstborn – have created a sunstorm that will wipe out all life on earth. The folks on earth have 5 years to come up with a plan to survive. The book takes place in the year 2037 and one of the best aspects is all of the advanced technology. We have ...more
Aug 21, 2016 Blair rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Throughout the story I had one question: If the Firstborn can shift a planet from another solar system and get it to hit our sun, thus setting off a 2000 year long system of coronal mass ejections culminating in the attempted extinction of all life on earth, why didn't they just fire this planet into earth? ... or fire earth out of the solar system all together?

It felt like the sort of plan a bond villain comes up with. Instead of just shooting Bond through the head, he has to be strapped to a
Jan 21, 2016 Jonas rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book Two in the Time Odyssey Trilogy was good read and I enjoyed it, just not as much as the first. The major conflict in the book is the mysterious Firstborn are planning an extinction event (setting off a massive sunstorm) for Earth. I like this book because it highlights humanities ability to band together and bring the best out of each other during times of crisis and peril. This book focused on a new set of characters that I liked and was invested in. It focused on the science needed to pro ...more
Mar 18, 2014 Philip rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well this was disappointing.

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
Aug 09, 2008 Samuel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well, the story was a little flat and somehow the book was not very engaging.
Aug 06, 2007 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, exciting even better than the first book. Definitely worth the read.
Jess Cattanach
The second book in this trilogy was good, but is different from what you generally expect in a trilogy: those same familiar characters bumbling their way along for a couple of books. Sunstorm shares only one character in common with Time's Eye, and though the theme and the "enemy" is the same, this book is set in modern (~2040) times.

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
Rafal Jasinski
Dziwna to druga część trylogii, bowiem z pierwszą nie łączy się stylistycznie, ani nie jest w jakiś szczególny sposób powiązana fabularnie z historią opowiedzianą w pierwszym tomie a, co najdziwniejsze, nie mamy - do czego, zdawałoby się, zobowiązuje tytuł cyklu - w ogóle motywu podróży w czasie.

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
Bish Denham
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Apr 14, 2012 Hollowman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
5 stars (or more!) for simply spotlighting this IMPORTANT issue.

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 "
Sue Smith
Sep 16, 2011 Sue Smith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an excellent followup to the first book 'Time's Eye'. The second book in a series always is in a precarious position that it doesn't come up to the standard of the first, or carry through on the continuing plot lines of the first, or develop the characters from the first. Lord knows, I've read many a second series book and felt somewhat let down in one or two of those areas. This one didn't let me down at all - for the most part anyways!

Firstly, when only one character is brought forwar
Keith Bowden
Nov 11, 2008 Keith Bowden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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On June 9, 2037, a major solar event occurred. All across the planet Earth, people experienced electrical blackouts, communications outages, and all other manner of electronic disruption. At a monitoring station on the moon, a Russian scientist registered the event and he and his colleague began investigating the matter. The results of the study were at once astounding and terrifying. The electronic interruptions experienced on Earth were found to be merely a precursor to an even more devastatin ...more
Mar 29, 2013 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
For a sequel, this has little connection to the first book. There's no timey-wimey goings-on here, this is all about the science. Basically the plot revolves around the idea of there being a massive sunstorm and humanity has only four years to protect itself. It's decided our best bet is to build a massive space shield.

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
Sep 29, 2007 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lite scifi
General Outline:
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
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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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A Time Odyssey (3 books)
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