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Children of Time

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The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age—a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden. In the long years since the planet was abandoned
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Paperback, 600 pages
Published April 21st 2016 by Pan Macmillan (first published June 2015)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Oct 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
UPDATE: $1.99 on Kindle US 3/7/19

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 right but
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Bradley
There's something wildly giddy welling up within me, and I blame it entirely on this book.

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,
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Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
This was such an interesting read!

If you're looking for a different take on the whole alien thing... try this book.

I never thought I would end up rooting for spiders... but I did!
carol.
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: sci-fi fans, people who wanted to like Aurora and didn't, fans of Charlotte's Web

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 intr/>–I
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Petrik
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sci-fi and Space Opera fans
Recommended to Petrik by: Scott Hitchcock
Shelves: owned-ebooks
Smart and imaginative, highly recommended for everyone who loves Sci-Fi and not recommended for anyone with arachnophobia.

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. The plot revolved aroun
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James Tivendale
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I received a review copy of Children of Time in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Adrian Tchaikovsky and Pan Macmillan for the opportunity.

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 individua
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Dana Ilie
Aug 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookclub
Children of Time’ is one of those books one devours obsessively and then mourns once it’s finished. Yes, ‘Children of Time’ is that good.



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 machin
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Philip
5ish stars.

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 chroni
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André Oliveira
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't ready for this book. WOW

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 unbelie
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2017/06/12/...

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 last legs and humani
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Mayim de Vries
“We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.”
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 natural history, with p/>Doctor/>”What/>Professor
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Phrynne
May 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5000-books
What a beautiful book. Six hundred totally absorbing pages. One of the best Science Fiction books I have ever read. Not being particularly coherent here but let me say again it is very, very good.

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 so
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Robyn
Oct 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Five stars because this puppy had me rooting for arachnids. Five stars for carefully crafted characters, humans and otherwise alike. Five stars because of the incredible, millennia- spanning plot. Five stars because of that ENDING! Not what I expected and so satisfying.
Dan Schwent
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, 2018-books
As humanity's fortunes fade, an engineered nanovirus, not finding the monkeys it expected, begins elevating the insects and spiders of an earth-like world. Will it be the humans aboard the space ark Gilgamesh or the spiders of the green planet inherit the universe as... The Children of Time?

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.
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Claudia
Feb 05, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hard science fiction = a category of science fiction characterized by an emphasis on scientific accuracy or technical detail or both. Just to be sure what are we talking about.

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 abou
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Apatt
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, sci-fi
Children of Time: Winner of the 2016 Arthur C. Clarke Award”. Most cumbersome book title ever (this is the full title of the edition I bought). Why did the publisher have to tag the award thing on the book’s original title? Fortunately, on the bright side, this is my only complaint about this book!

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 sentience level. I can’t quite remember the re“Children
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Emma
Jul 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I have really struggled with this book. Really the only science fiction I tend to like is character driven so I was up against it from the start!
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
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Choko
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
*** 4.65 ***

"... ““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 goi/>
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Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Jan 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016

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
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Justine
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An absolutely brilliant and fantastically imaginative piece of science fiction. This is one of the best books I've read this year.
Scott
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Hey you! Yeah you - the person reading this review!

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 some ser
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Trish
Aug 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had this book on my shelf for a long time. I like scifi in generational, but especially deep space explorations of the last humans (usually on board a generational ship) are one of my favourite topics. That plus the green cover drew me in and made me buy it bac then, but it wasn't until now (a buddy-read with the group) that I finally picked it up. Had I known what was to await me between the pages ... I could smack myself for not reading this sooner!

The story is about humanity tra
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Scott  Hitchcock
I read my first Adrian Tchaikovsky book earlier this month Guns of the Dawn. It was an easy 5* for me. I decided to take this on next since the two subject matters could not be more different. While the first book made my 5* shelf this book blew me away and made my special beyond 5* shelf taking it's place among the elite books of my stack.

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 race not even hu
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Kaitlin
Aug 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book is one I have meant to get to for quite a while, but I must admit, I knew it was about Spiders and I reaaaaally don't like them so I let that put me off for quite a while. However, after reading and loving Guns of Dawn by Tchaikovsky earlier in August I decided I would pick this one up...and I am glad!

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?
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Will.J.R. Gwynne
Jul 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
My expanded review of this great book is now on BookNest... Children of Time Review

“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 as/>“That
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Lata
I loved this book! It's got an arrogant and brilliant scientist (Doctor Avrana Kern), an ark ship full of desperate humans, who are a remainder of a dead Earth looking for a new planet, a deadly AI guardian/god, and an amazing bunch of spiders.

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 individ
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Paul O'Neill
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic read. Truly creative. Sentient spiders anyone?

Highly recommended and the best sci-fi book I've ever read.
Sh3lly
This is a buddy read we planned like a year ago and kept putting it off. We finally read it and the couple of us that hadn't gone ahead and read the dang thing were like, WHY did we wait so long?! This was great. Masterful science fiction.

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 perp
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Basia
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What an adventure!

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 th
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Monica
What can you say about a book that spans eons, traverses across the galaxies, has no likeable human characters, and has a very cynical view of mankind? In my view you say "Brilliant!!" This one for me pushed all the buttons. There was a sense of wonder and creativity and empathy and social commentary and of course some humor (though sparse) and TALK about a different perspective!! I loved this!! It was packed with reminders for me as to why I gravitate towards science fiction. Frankly it's been ...more
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ADRIAN TCHAIKOVSKY was born in Lincolnshire and studied zoology and psychology at Reading, before practising law in Leeds. He is a keen live role-player and occasional amateur actor and is trained in stage-fighting. His literary influences include Gene Wolfe, Mervyn Peake, China Miéville, Mary Gently, Steven Erikson, Naomi Novak, Scott Lynch and Alan Campbell.

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