Children of Time
WINNER OF THE 2016 ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD
A race for survival among the stars ... Humanity's last survivors escaped earth's ruins to find a new home. But when they find it, can their desperation overcome its dangers?
WHO WILL INHERIT THIS NEW EARTH?
The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the...more
Kern, presumably the villain identified in the question, performs a near-deistic role in the story. This role is fulfilled directly as the spiders worship her as a god figure and indirectly as the humans are forced to treat her as an unstoppable force with her lost technology.
Going back to the spiders as a sympathetic protagonist, it is difficult to treat any them as a having a positive female point-of-view. While the most powerful of spiders are female, the societal inversion of matriarchy results in an unsubtle echoing of male values and perspectives. In my view, Fabian represents slavery most directly, but one could also argue that his arguments for enfranchisement echo those of women's suffrage. Either way, again, Fabian does not directly represent a female perspective in that he is explicitly gendered male, and is at best a weak proxy for an female character in a matriarchal society.(less) (hide spoiler)]
Holy guacamole! This book rocked!
I had a feeling I would like this book but hells bells, I had no idea how much I would love it.
You have Earth that is pretty much going to pot, then goes to pot because of some stuff. Then people wake up a million years later on their ships. Well, okay not a million but still.
So there is space!
There is a new planet that continued to make itself from the start of terra forming many years ago < -- I don't think I spelled that ...more
There have been a couple of brilliant SF titles to come out this year and I would swear belong on the Hugo list, and this is yet one more. Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora was one, as was Scott Hawkins's The Library at Mount Char, but if I had to break down the individual merits of each, I might wind up saying that this one deserves it the most. For pure SF, it hits the heights of ideas, memorable characters, ...more
Sympathetic spiders? Inconceivable!
–I do not think that word means what you think it means–
Nope, in this case, it pretty much does. It's not that I have a spider-phobia--I like to think we have a truce regarding squishing and biting--it's that something about their structure and movement speaks to a primeval instinct to run away. Children of Time popped up in friend reviews, but I'll be honest--it wasn't until I realized there were giant spiders and colony ships that I really became intrigued. ...more
Children of Time is Adrian Tchaikovsky’s first Sci-Fi and also my first experience with his work. This is a highly praised book, it won Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Novel in 2016 and most likely, will be 5 stars read for anyone who has never read anything like it. Plus, for even more praise, the film rights to the book has also been sold to Lionsgate.
It’s a great story. ...more
Children of Time is 600-pages of extraordinary, evolution-based science fiction that features quality storytelling and worldbuilding that is rarely seen in this generation. This narrative is set over 1000's of years. We first see Doctor Kern and her scientific team of 19 as they wish to experiment with monkeys and a nanovirus on what some ...more
The author acknowledges our implicit arachnophobia and then very cleverly turns it on its head; indeed, after a while you kind of forget that these characters are spiders at all, even when they get stuck in to very spiderish behaviour. Their cities, for example, are great forests festooned with web complexes and, latterly, organic machinery and vehicles. The ...more
An unqualified masterpiece. This is some of the smartest, most exciting, and most imaginative fiction I've read in a long time. It's grand, expansive, and both character-driven and plot-driven.
Uplifted spiders. So cool and creative. The evolution of the Portias and their clusters is endlessly compelling. The journey that the humans take over the millennia, if not as thrilling, is dramatic in its buildup to the inevitable convergence of the two groups.
It chronicles the rise and fall ...more
I mean, this was awesome! It took me one month into the year to finally rate my first 5* book of 2019.
I don't want to say a lot about this book, but:
Earth is dying. Humans leave Earth. Humans find a world terraformed prepared for life, WITH SPIDERS.
Don't go into this book thinking that this is an action book with a lot of "Humans killing Spiders". It is so much more than that.
The scope of this story is unbelievably huge and it addresses some unexpected themes.
Professor Stephen Hawking
”What have you done with my monkeys?”
Doctor Avrana Kern
I do not sci-fi that much but when I do, I do it only with books that make me cheer for spiders.
Adrian Tchaikovsky is famous for infusing his books with themes and motives related to his interests. He studied zoology and psychology. He is also interested in ...more
Children of Time was my first novel by this author, and wow, what a way to start my initiation into the Adrian Tchaikovsky fan club! I have never read anything quite like this book before, and I have to say the praise it’s gotten has been well deserved. I just loved this.
First of all we have this incredible story, which has everything in place for a space opera of the grandest proportions. Long ago, when Earth was on its ...more
It shows mankind at its worst - I would not have cared if the last human being in the universe had died at the end. I hate spiders but was converted to the sentient kind and I was cheering them on as they grew smarter and smarter.
I could not imagine how it was going to end but Adrian Tchaikovsky is ...more
The detailed info about Portia, the jumping spider and Scytodes, the spitting spider are as accurate as they can be, no doubt here. In fact, there is an entire chapter at the beginning with characterizations of both species, which is, after all, fascinating, but non-fiction. So, nothing new. (BTW, all this info about the ...more
One of the lunch talkers was gushing over this book a few days ago, the rare interruption of my reading I can tolerate. Fortunately, I already had this on my kindle despite no memory of buying it. Anyway, I ...more
This book takes David Brin’s “uplift” concept and really runs with it. In Brin’s popular Uplift series, humanity have used technology to boost the intellect of selected species of animals to ...more
I've always thought that insect and deep sea creatures have much potential as horror/ monster elements in a story. The look of them close up is just as awful as anything fictitious- it's only that, in the case of insects, they're small and in the case of deep- sea creatures, far down and away, that saves us. So I was interested to read about Portia and ...more
"... ““You can never know. That is the problem with ignorance. You can never truly know the extent of what you are ignorant about.” ...
I wanted to read this book only because it was recommended to me by a friend. I never expected to love it so much, despite never having read anything by the author. Boy am I glad I read it!
I was raised on Science Fiction and Fantasy. Every week my family would receive in the mail the newest Sci-Fi publication and we would all fight over who is ...more
This is the future.
This is where mankind takes its next step.
This is where we become gods.
Science has given mankind the tools to travel to distant stars, to terraform their planets and to play with the building blocks of life : genetics.
It sounds like a dream come true, an utopian future in which everything is possible.
In practice, the deployment of miraculous scientific discoveries from the laboratory to the real world is fraught with the same issues that have plagues past generations : ...more
Stop reading. No really, if you’re a Science Fiction fan stop reading this review right now. You don’t need to. You’re going to LOVE this book. It’s going to rock your world. It’s fricking amazing. That’s all you need to know.
Now, go, git, skeddadle, whatever, just RUN to a bookshop, as fast as you can. Get this book, then call in sick at work. Ignore your family. Turn your back on your adult responsibilities. Do what you have to do to get ...more
The story is about humanity travelling ...more
For a book to be this great it has to tick some boxes for me. Did it elicit empathy? Check. Not only did it but it did so in a rare manner where I felt it a ...more
This story is told fro three main PoVs. At the start of the book we're following a scientist who is working on a terraforming project on a new planet. Dr Ivana Kern (spelling?? I ...more
“That is the problem with ignorance. You can never truly know the extent of what you are ignorant about.”
Children of Time is my first delving into the genre of science fiction, and it served as a great introduction. When I began, I found it a bit mind-boggling because of the technical space language and sophisticated technology. But as the story progressed, I soon acclimatised to this aspect and it did not become ...more
I think it takes some skill for an author to get past my automatic heebie jeebie response to spiders and instead have me cheering their every little development, and worrying at their every setback. I liked the recurring use of specific individuals and ...more
There are so many detailed reviews already, so my highlights:
Ancient human society burns itself out, heads to space to terra form and create life on other planets. That ancient society whittles away until all that is left is a crazy doctor in perpetual ...more
My, my. This one is not easy to write about, no it's not. It came out the same year that Mount Char literally MOVED me. I mean, upon finishing it, it felt like someone had picked me up, and then dropped me, that's how intense the book was for me ... continues to be so, still. It was also the year The Fifth Season entered my life. This book? Children of Time? It passed me by somehow ... until now. :)
This book. It feels like reading something on a gigantic scale. By that, I refer ...more
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