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The End of Eternity

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  18,930 ratings  ·  761 reviews
One of Isaac Asimov’s SF masterpieces, this stand-alone novel is a monument of the flowering of SF in the twentieth century. It is widely regarded as Asimov’s single best SF novel.



Andrew Harlan is an Eternal, a member of the elite of the future. One of the few who live in Eternity, a location outside of place and time, Harlan’s job is to create carefully controlled and ena...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Tor Books (first published 1955)
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David
I've always felt that Isaac Asimov writes brilliant science fiction with boring characters. I love a good time travel story, mostly to see what this author's take on the usual time travel paradoxes will be. Anyone who writes about agents changing history has to explain how they deal with things like the Grandfather Paradox, meeting earlier or later versions of yourself, and so on. There are a handful of well-known ways to deal with these issues (alternate timelines, a deterministic universe, spe...more
Manny
If you haven't read Asimov's SF classic, it's one of those time-travel stories where you can change the past. The people with the time machines are a shadowy, infinitely powerful organisation called the Eternals. They flit around in time, changing things "for the good of humanity". Except that, as I'm sure you already guessed, it isn't quite clear after a while that humanity is benefiting from all this attention. The agents who are responsible for making the changes are called Technicians, and t...more
sologdin
Nutshell: antisocial nerd, responsible for historical amendments to spacetime continuum, dicks it up for everyone in order to lose virginity.

Eternity is an interdimensional NGO, set up in the 27th century (32), initially to carry on intertemporal trade (43), which trade was promoted as its primary purpose. Its true primary task is to "prevent catastrophe from striking mankind" and "to breed out of Reality any factors that might lead to such knowledge" of its biotemporal management of human histo...more
Amy
This is somehow my first Asimov book. At first, I was underwhelmed. However, as the book went forward, I found that there was much more depth to the writing than originally met the eye and that the shallow characters were shallow with a purpose.

Asimov sets up a group of scientist who are outside of time called the Eternals. While everyone on earth thinks that their main job is to facilitate commerce between various centuries, their true function is to manipulate history to make it play out more...more
Stephen
4.0 to 4.5 Stars. Superb Asimov story and his best novel not set within the Foundation and Robot Universe.
Lynley
5 stars for the start, 2 stars for the middle, 5 stars for the ending.

This book has among the best beginnings I've ever read. I must have picked this book up about 10 years ago but it wasn't my book so I only read the first chapter or so. That first chapter stayed in my mind long after I'd forgotten the title, but in a commitment to find out what happened next, I finally sniffed out this Isaac Asimov book and read the rest.

Naturally, an impression such as that was never going to live up to my ex...more
Anand Srinivas
I'm a SF buff, a big Asimov fan, and I'd rate this book among his very best. Having read through most of Asimov's Robot and Foundation series, what drew me to read The End of Eternity was the often mentioned fact that this book describes why Asimov's fictional universe panned out the way it did. And I wasn't disappointed. What a story!

One of the things I like most about Asimov's SF is how small and insignificant it makes you feel when it speaks about millions of inhabited planets spread across t...more
James Renner
I love going back to the classics. It’s fun to see what inspired modern-day novelists and screenwriters when they were kids. The End of Eternity, by Isaac Asimov, surely inspired cool stories like The Adjustment Bureau, Fringe, 12 Monkeys, Looper, and Primer.

Check it out: the story is told from the perspective of an “Observer” whose job it is to tweak history so that the aggregate majority of humans live in the highest achievable state of happiness. Just outside of Time is this place called Eter...more
Terence
I don't know whether I began reading Asimov's nonfiction or fiction works first. I do know that I wrote a fan letter to him and actually got a reply back. Granted, it was a form-letter postcard but it was still pretty "cool" that I was "corresponding" with an actual author.

I was also very selective in what I read. I enjoyed the first three books of the Foundation but I never had any desire to read any of the Robot novels, and subsequent Foundation novels were disappointing (with the brilliant ex...more
Tej
This is vintage Asimov, a novel exuding brilliance in imagination and intelligent philosophising of possible future realities. How better to muse about what different realities we can face about the future from near to far to...eternity, without the plot device of time travelling. Asimov puts this plot device to great use by exploring the various destinies that human motives can achieve or fall victim of. The story ingeniously threads these philosophical questions and tells a story about eternit...more
Cheryl
Clever & provocative. Good thing it was short so there weren't even more layered puzzles for me to keep track of!

I was disturbed by the sexism: "He loved a complex of factors; her choice of clothes, her walk, her manner of speech her tricks of expression." That is to say, he was infatuated by her persona; he knew nothing of her to love as a person, nothing of her heart, of her fears and dreams and insecurities and capabilities. And yet we know from the start he is willing to sacrifice Etern...more
Mario Gámez
Maestro indiscutible del género (¡por Cronos, ha sido él quien prácticamente revolucionó el género, es uno de los Tres Grandes!), con esta obra se posiciona como un Eterno, un ente que recorre los pasillos del tiempo haciendo modificaciones mínimas para alterar la realidad. Pero en este caso, siendo Eterno, su papel es más bien el de observar, analizar y profetizar.

En esta obra hay un trasfondo ético tremendo, sobre el antropocentrismo que rige nuestras vidas y nuestros múltiples e infinitos fu...more
Helsic 伊明海
Great book.
I read it when I was 9 years old. At that time I didn't understand the whole complexity of this book of course because I was to young to understand many things. I read it second time around a couple of years ago and I enjoy it even more.

This book is magical, it takes you to an awesome and impossible future really beyond your own imagination. Have you ever imagine how the 1000 century could be? well, read this book to discovery it.

Andrey Harlan is the main character and he works for a...more
Garth
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Mukesh Kumar
Apr 10, 2013 Mukesh Kumar rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone, Science fiction fans
Wow! I am still reeling from the effect of finishing this one. This is just my second Asimov novel, which I picked purely because it was unconnected to any of his other series ( viz. the Foundation and the Robots ), and what a treat it turned out to be! Such an intriguing story full of every bit of concept and paradox possible within the purvey of time-travel and such delightful flights of speculations( which mind you are very logical ) into the human future! Truly Amazing!
Although I agree, to...more
Mark Harding
Less than 200 pages. The same material nowadays would be expanded to at least 600 pages or probably a trilogy.

Well cool ideas:

* The time shafts are powered by our Sun going supernova in the distant future.
* Idealogical debate between Utilitarianism and ‘adventure’. (And fighting for frontiers) or ‘short term’ safety vs risk and long term growth.
* Everything that happens is intricately played out according to the central plot driver

I suppose because SF writers feel obliged to provide ‘characters...more
Olethros
-La novela de Asimov que, si se fija usted bien, menos parece de Asimov pero no extraña que sea suya-.

Género. Ciencia-Ficción

Lo que nos cuenta. La organización Eternidad, creada en el siglo XXVII, es la embajadora del comercio intertemporal y la encargada de alterar las líneas de tiempo histórico con la intención de aliviar la tragedia de nuestra Historia. Los empleados de la organización, casi ordenados en la misma, sacrifican su propio disfrute y desarrollo de la vida para servir al proyecto....more
Mari
Che peccato, vero Harlan, che nulla duri, nemmeno nell' Eternità?

Meraviglioso!
Le prime pagine le ho trovate un po' ostiche perchè il linguaggio è troppo fantascientifico per i miei gusti, ma poi la storia mi ha conquistata, anche un po' scioccata se penso a che mente visionaria aveva Asimov. Il finale toglie il fiato! Non sono un'appassionata del genere ma questa volta devo piacevolmente ricredermi.

Vivi e lascia vivere, proprio quello che noi non facciamo. Noi Alteriamo, noi Cambiamo, e i cambia...more
Sujeet Gholap
Aug 12, 2014 Sujeet Gholap rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sujeet by: Soorya
Wow! Just wow!! This is one time-tavel book to rule them all!!!

It did start on a somewhat obvious note however. There was a time, halfway through the book, I was thinking "why hasn't Asimov explored this?" only to realize later that not only had he explored that particular thing, the crux of the novel was based on it, and he had done much much more with the concept than what I could possibly imagine.

So many twists! So many turns! Asimov has juiced the concept of time travel to its last drop. And...more
Brady
Eternity is the epitome of what Asimov stands for: mind-bending plots involving concepts that you've never even thought of. In the midst of it all, his characters stay grounded and realistic, using logic and rational thinking to solve the problems. In this story the problems are immense, and the twist ending is brilliant. I've read it twice and wouldn't mind reading it a third time, it's that entertaining.
Ben
Simply put, one of the best science fiction novels ever written. With a plot concerning the entirety of human history after the turn of the 20th century, this book makes a statement about the difference between our true potential and how much we will limit ourselves if given the chance. Oh and it centers around a pretty good love story.
Paul Juma
One star! Serves it right.
I didn't enjoy this book. I abandoned it half-way and don't think I want to finish it.
Technicians, Timers, Computers, Time-Plotters are the kind of titles one meets in the book.
There is talk of
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modern birth mechanisms
Revolutionary ideas but the plot is the problem. I just could not continue.
Ander Harlan is the main character. He rises through the ranks in eternity which is a place. There work is to oversee the other 'timewhens'(these a...more
Indi Martin
Oct 13, 2009 Indi Martin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Shelves: read-enjoyed
God, can Asimov write a bad novel? Seriously. This man is (was?) genius. If you dig time-travel and paradox loops, this book is absolutely for you; if you dig science-fiction in any arena, this book is for you. If you dig good writing, this book is for you. If you can read, read this book. Thank you, good night.
Tancredi
"Era un pensiero molto semplice: se fosse stato necessario avrebbe distrutto l'Eternità. E il peggio era che sapeva di poterlo fare".

Un cult della fantascienza moderna ed indubbiamente uno dei migliori romanzi sul tema del viaggio del tempo.
La fine dell'eternità è il mio secondo romanzo di Asimov, e già mi ha impressionato tantissimo. Una storia alternativa all'Impero Galattico e ai Robot, che nella forma di un solo romanzo è capace però di contenere un intero mondo alternativo.
Innanzitutto la s...more
Steven Peterson
One of Asimov's best science fiction novels. . . . As with his best works, there are rand themes at play. Here, the control of history to "benefit" humanity. . . . His characters are, as in many of his works little more than vehicles for moving the story forward. Still, the characters are a step beyond those of the original Foundation series, for instance.

People are recruited from different points in history to serve as “Eternals,” who can travel forward and backward in time and, hopefully, use...more
Senthil Kumaran
This book can take you through a roller coaster ride. The alternate planes of existence, time-travel in both directions and hierarchical society of a far future (500 th centuries and beyond). The existence of eternals in a band called Eternity and politics of that society is excellently portrayed. The highest in order of eternals is a computer which oversees things ans assign's the job to technicians. The "allwhen council" is body of experts who are considered to be at the top of eternity. The s...more
Amanda
My Informal Notes:

-Really enjoyed this book! The world Asimov presents is unique and imaginative, yet clear and relatable. Very well written. Time travel seems so simple, yet so mind-bogglingly complex. And it seems like something that could feasibly happen in our world.

-Loved that it made me think- not only about how elements of the book work physically and scientifically (loops in time, changing realities, etc.), but about which actions are morally and philosophically RIGHT. Does anyone have a...more
Jacobo
Uno de los libros de viajes en el tiempo que más me han gustado. Asimov no se limita a las cercanías y nos lleva a veces a cientos de miles de años en el futuro. No quiero contar más para no incluir spoilers. La historia es bastante adictiva y muy "Asimov", en el sentido de que cuando alguien descubre un secreto o un misterio, te ofrece un par de páginas para que tú te des cuenta antes de contártelo y eso hace la experiencia mucho más grata.

Se nota un poco, pero muy poco, hay que darle crédito a...more
John
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Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.

Professor Asimov is generally considered the most prolific writer of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine of the te...more
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