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3.66  ·  Rating details ·  4,685 ratings  ·  303 reviews
עולמו של סקוט וורדן, מתכנת צעיר ואב טרי, עומד להשתנות בן לילה. סקוט חי חיי בטלה בקהילה של שוכני חוף זרוקים בחופיה המוזהבים של תאילנד כאשר אנדרטת ענק שאיש אינו יודע מה מקורה מופיעה פתאום ביער הסמוך למקום מגוריו. הכיתוב שעל האנדרטה מציין ניצחון צבאי מזהיר של מנהיג שאיש לא שמע עליו מעולם. בנוסף לשם המנהיג, מופיע על האנדרטה התאריך בו יתרחש אותו ניצחון – עשרים שנה בעתיד.
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Paperback, 319 pages
Published 2004 by גרף הוצאה לאור (first published August 2001)
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Bradley
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-shelf, sci-fi
In a lot of ways, this is an excellent novel full of well-conceived characters driven by a slowly disintegrating society. Add suddenly appearing strange event/objects, the Chronoliths, and watch our near-future implode.

This is not an action-fueled novel. It is family-driven, obliquely and curiously propelled by the inclusion of old colleagues and the slow social collapse of our world. Think Spin, but not with the stars disappearing. Just add big monoliths that suddenly warp space-tim
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Josh
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
In The Chronoliths, the world is rocked by the sudden arrival of massive obelisks, or "chronoliths," which appear to be a future conqueror's monuments to battles that have not yet occurred. As the chronoliths continue to appear, the world descends into economic and social chaos. Robert Charles Wilson is a brilliant writer and this is standard fare for him: a character story involving normal people caught up in major, world-altering preternatural events.

While The Chronoliths has an interesting premise, it i
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David
Mar 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kuinists, slackers on the beach in Thailand
This is a fine mix of Big Idea SF with human drama on a much smaller scale. The Big Idea is a conqueror from the future named "Kuin" who is somehow able to send massive monuments to his victories back in time, where they stand invulnerable and ominous over the lands he is destined to conquer. The first ones are in Thailand, but over the next few years they appear all over Asia. Some materialize in relatively unpopulated areas, but some appear in the middle of cities, flattening them with shockwa ...more
Martin
Scott Warden is a man haunted by the past-and soon to be haunted by the future.

Time travel - only it is backwards
In early twenty-first-century Thailand, Scott is an expatriate slacker. Then, one day, he inadvertently witnesses an impossible event: the violent appearance of a 200-foot stone pillar in the forested interior. Its arrival collapses trees for a quarter mile around its base, freezing ice out of the air and emitting a burst of ionizing radiation. It appears to be composed of an exotic form of mat/>Time
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Denis
Aug 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hardcover
I read "Spin" before I got around to this one. It is definitely by the same author: A great "big idea" premise set within the occurrence of a random fantastic phenomenon, and 'real' people (and family) must deal with it. The "Spin" story was much more exciting and developed but the approach was similar. What stood out with "The Chonoliths" was the writing itself. It bordered on poetry in places.

Robert Charles Wilson may have found his voice with this one I think.

A good re
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Ally
On the positive side, this book did have interesting ideas. It unfolded nicely over a span of several years, cataloging changes and effects -- showing economic downturn, how people's way of living changed. There were moments when I was engaged, and interested in what was going to happen next.

But I found these moments were few and far between. I couldn't stand the narrator -- the kind of guy who screws up his first marriage, and manages to shakily repair his relationship with his daug
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Lightreads
In our near future, the chronoliths start arriving out of thin air across the world – enormous, destructive monuments to conquests that, according to the engravings, won’t occur for twenty more years. Scott writes his memoir, telling of his presence at the arrival of the first chronolith in Thailand and the set of extraordinary experiences that keep his life entwined with the mystery and the slim hope of averting global disaster. The chronoliths arrive from the future, and they bring with them a ...more
Daniel Roy
May 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
At the time I read this book, it was, quite simply, one of the best SF books I had ever read. This book made Wilson my favorite SF author.

It starts with an intriguing SF concept: what if a giant pillar appeared in Bangkok, marking the victory of a future warlord? What would be its impact on society? How could such an event come about and why must people in the future send mementos to the past?

On this premise, The Chronoliths fully deliver in intrigue, surprise twists and clever, tho
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stormin
May 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
This is the third book I've read by Robert Charles Wilson (along with Spin and its sequel Axis), and he is now on his way to becoming one of my very favorite sci-fi authors.

Shortest version: RCW writes the kind of fiction I hope I can write one day. His stories all have big ideas at their heart, but he does rich and deep world-building around them. All the hard work he does imagining the diverse ways people and society would react to those big ideas succeeds at making the ideas seem much more real.
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Tom
Aug 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent read. This was my first book by Wilson, and it looks like he writes in the same vien as Robert Sawyer--what I call Social Sci-fi. Instead of focusing on science or technology itself, Wilson instead writes about the -impact- that tech and related events have on average people's lives. So not only does Wilson create fully-realized characters with depth (and plenty of flaws), he manages to breathe life into the world, society and situations they inhabit. I found the pacing of the novel to ...more
Michael Burnam-Fink
Feb 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
Really creative sci-fi is rare these days, and The Chronoliths is one of those rare pleasures. "Software designer Scott Warden is living with his family in early twenty-first century Thailand after his latest contract has ended. He and his friend Hitch Paley are among the first to find an enormous monolith which appears out of nowhere in the jungle. On closer examination, it is found to be a monument made of a mysterious, indestructible substance. It bears an inscription commemorating a military ...more
Rusty
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I’m settling into life here in my adopted country. Bermuda is an interesting place. Both culturally and ecologically. It’s a very small place, like, 21 square miles. And even though I didn’t think I’d ever have to explain it to anyone - it’s very isolated.

I didn’t think I’d have to explain it to anyone because, well, I dunno. I just assumed people knew where it was located (hint: It ain’t in the Caribbean).

Regardless, it is sub-tropical. And it’s isolated. This means that it w
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prcardi
Storyline: 4/5
Characters: 3/5
Writing Style: 3/5
World: 4/5

This is one of my favorite science fiction reads thus far this year. Others I've enjoyed about as much include The Mote in God's Eye and Anvil of Stars, though I think The Chronoliths was the best of the three. I would place it on a shelf with "idea" books - a category I very much enjoy. Other, similar books that it shares shelf space with include Philip Jose Farmer's To Your Scattered Bodies Go, John Scalzi's Old Man's War, Vernor Ving
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Laura Dragon
As a people immersed in a unidirectional chronology, we have often dreamed of breaking that barrier and travelling at will throughout time. With those dreams have come the inevitable questions: What happens to us if we alter our own past? If you cause events to occur which prevent your own birth, do you cease to exist? If you do, how could you have travelled into your past to prevent your birth? Thus our linear conception of time is knotted up in an impossible circular logic which many sci-fi wr ...more
Adrienne
In 2021, a gigantic memorial appears out of nowhere in the middle of Thailand. The text on the memorial refers to a great battle fought there and a victorious general "Kuin" and gives a date: December 21, 2041 - 20 years in the future. How did the memorial get there? Who is this Kuin? Can he really send objects through time?

Robert Charles Wilson's The Chronoliths is a dystopian fiction with elements of time travel (heavily) thrown in. It's a fascinating premise, and the picture Wilson paints of
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Mike
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this years ago and loved it. I thought it was a great self contained novel that just made internal sense. I've delayed re-reading it for years because I was afraid it wouldn't hold up. But I decided to pull it off the shelf this weekend and try it...

Yep. It's still great. Was I as emotionally attached as with other authors? Actually, yes, even if Wilson doesn't capture the emotional payoff they do. But that's within some great thoughts on playing with time and inevitability. ...more
Harvey
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book in less than 24 hours. I normally only manage to read books that quickly when I am on holiday, so you can see how compelling a read this one was.

How great too that it's only 301 pages long. So many books these days seem unnecessarily long but this is just the perfect length.
Jamie Rich
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Chronoliths (Mass Market Paperback) by Robert Charles Wilson

A quick read, but the ride goes on. What if you could change the future by inserting a menssage into the past? Yes, I know it's been done before. But the author does it so well, and leaves enough mystery to make this work very well. Our characters are complex, and the narrative is just disjointed enough to make you believe.
You truly do get that sense of impending doom as each monument arrives. And the reactions of the w
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Bradley
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Chronoliths was a book I may never have read were it not for the rise of the eBook. This novel caught my attention long ago, but couldn't be found on local bookshelves, and had to be ordered, if I wanted to read it. So it got added to my wishlist, and eventually was released for Kindle. Naturally, I bought it. And I'm glad I did.

Robert Charles Wilson has quickly become one of my favorites,
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Claudia
Frankly, I don't think I'm able to say much about it because I don't think I understood it completely. No, I'm sure I didn't.

The premise is this: chronoliths are suddenly starting to appear all over Asia and expand in some other regions. They are monuments from an unknown material which praise the victory of one named Kuin in wars which will occur 20 years in the future. Nobody knows who is Kuin, but the world is thrown into chaos, because some of these giants appeared in the middle
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Jim Black
Dec 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Did you ever hear about a book that sounded fantastic? Some books just jump out and grab my attention. The various comments I read about The Chronoliths really caught my interest. I was afraid that the book would not live up to my expectations. Call me old fashioned but I still like to go to used book stores and find treasures. Robert Charles Wilson's novels all sounded interesting but this one was the one I wanted to read first. So, of course, I found Spin, Axis, and Darwinia but no copies of T ...more
Eric
I almost wouldn't classify The Chronoliths as science fiction, even though it takes place in a not-so-distant future where gigantic monuments start appearing all over the world, apparently sent to the past by an enigmatic figure called Kuin.

Although these 'Chronoliths' are the driving force of the story, their existence and purpose is never fully explained. What the story is really about is what effect the Chronoliths have on the life of Scott, an (the) average guy.

Scott is worrying about find
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Paige Ellen Stone
This is a great read by a great writer. I haven't enjoyed an SF author playing with time and space this much since reading Stephen Baxter. Not only is the book a real thriller, it is full of people who seem real enough to be familiar to you. Beyond a mind-bending plot with some speculative nine-dimensional physics to pull you in, where in the future effects the past in order to bring about a certain future, it is also an amazingly accurate study of human beings and various cultures and their rea ...more
David
Jun 20, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Robert Charles Wilson is a competent writer who produces few of those wincing moments—too common in science fiction—when the prose slips into clumsy phrasing or slides into cliché and worn-out convention. As with all of Wilson's books, the story is clever too, building on a worthwhile premise with well-managed plotting. My trouble is always with Wilson's narrators. I guess their voices have SOME distinction. They don't sound like mouthpieces exactly, but, ultimately, as they become familiar, the ...more
Christopher
Mar 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great example of the type of sci-fi novels I enjoy -- it had an intriguing premise, it was well written, and the plot was good enough to keep me up late at night wanting to read what would happen next. Without giving too much away (this is how it starts), the protagonist, Scott, is a witness to the appearance of a gargantuan monument that appears out of thin air commemorating a battle that hasn't happened yet (it's dated 20 years into the future). With any time travel plot, I'm sure on ...more
Larry
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like R.C.Wilson. For hard sci-fi this is the guy. Great ideas treated realistically and with characters, that although they are subordinate to the plot, are not the Hardy Boy types you often come across in Sci-Fi. A page turner for sure.

Wilson really works with the how his idea, that mysterious monuments of some future dictators triumphs begin appearing all over the planet. Although governments are arming themselves for the unknown, there are hippies that worship the monumen
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Gene
I really enjoyed this book. This is my third Robert Charles Wilson book after Spin (which I liked immensely) and Axis (which I was a bit disappointed by). I like how the author can completely disrupt the entire Earth's society and yet still present relatable characters. There was a bit of hand-waving about the mechanics of the chronoliths, especially regarding (view spoiler).
Overall, this made me eager to seek out other books by Wilson (even if
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Gal Stern
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Definitely one of the best science fiction books I've ever read. Wonderfully written and raises some very important questions about the human nature and its impact on history.

(Would like to acknowledge the fact that I have read the Hebrew translation because I couldn't find it in English in my area. I don't often read Hebrew translations even though it's my native language, since most of the time the translations do no justice to the original wording. Even though, The Chronoliths' tr
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Brad
Apr 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi
Every so often you come across that rare book that just hooks you into the story right from the beginning and sustains your interest until the very end. This book is one such book.

It's not an action novel, not space opera, there are no aliens, space battles etc. This is more of a literary sci-fi novel. The story unfolds at a slow pace as the character lives his life, dealing with the artifacts of the future as they affect his life.

There are a lot of intriguing ideas in he
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Paul Lannuier
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-fiction
Amazing. Without question the best of the three RCW books I’ve read recently (Burning Paradise and The Affinities being the other two), and in the same league as Spin, which I read 10 years ago and loved. I was hooked from the opening chapter and never wanted to put it down. This is one I hope to reread someday, and it will be the one I recommend to anyone who asks which Wilson novel to read first.
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