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The End of Eternity

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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
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ebook, 256 pages
Published January 5th 2010 by Tor Books (first published January 1st 1955)
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Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος   Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο   Αμούν Arnum
ΤΕΛΟΣ ΤΗΣ ΑΙΩΝΙΟΤΗΤΑΣ ΑΡΧΗ ΤΟΥ ΑΠΕΙΡΟΥ.

Μυθιστορηματική γαλαξιακή παραδοξολογία του "χρόνου" που σε συγκλονίζει.

Η επιτομή της επιστημονικής εξωφρενικής έμπνευσης,
η αιωνιότητα με τις απαραίτητες αλλαγές πραγματικότητας,
οι "Αιώνιοι",που πράττουν με εγωιστική τεχνητή νοημοσύνη και αλλάζουν την ιστορία του γαλαξία με απρόσμενες συνέπειες.

Το καλύτερο βιβλίο επιστημονικής φαντασίας που έχω διαβάσει ως τώρα!!

Ποτέ δεν ήμουν οπαδός της τετράγωνης λογικής,των μαθηματικών,της χρονικής μηχανικής και των ε
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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
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Re-reading a favorite book from your teenage years is always a risky endeavor. I’ve been dismayed by how often my youthful memories are tarnished by a re-read, and I end up wondering if my taste as a young adult was all in my mouth.

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But I couldn’t resist trying The End of Eternity (1955) by Isaac Asimov again, partly because I remembered liking it so well as a teenager, but my memories of it were so extremely hazy (for the longest time, until a Goo
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Manny
Dec 01, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Azumi
Jan 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Me he propuesto este año empezar, timidamente, con lecturas de ciencia ficción y pensé ¿por qué no empezar con uno de los grandes? Así que elegí a Asimov y su fin de la eternidad

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Al principio pensaba que me iba a perder entre tanta explicación y palabra técnica pero enseguida me enganchó la historia, y como siempre me pasa con novelas cuya temática tiene que ver con los viajes en el tiempo, me entró la paranoia y ya no puede dejar de pensar en las paradojas temporales, y en este libro hay muchas:
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Hazal Çamur
Jan 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Öncelikle şunu söylemeliyim ki, Yosun Erdemli'nin ortaya koyduğu çeviri muazzam. Eserin ilk baskısını alıp adeta baştan çevirmiş ve okurken beni hayretlere düşüren işlere imza atmış. Özellikle bazı cümlelerde uzun uzun nasıl böyle başarılı aktarabildiğini düşündüm. Ellerine sağlık.

Gelelim Asimov'a. Ondan dilimizde bir şeyler okumayalı uzun zaman olmuştu. Nihayet sahaflarda koşmak yerine, baskısı taze taze çıkmış bir eserine kavuştuk.

Asimov, tam da ondan beklendiği şekilde bir esere imza atmış.
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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
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Nandakishore Varma
This is a unique one for Asimov, and not connected to his usual fictional universe. Ironically, this is his first book I tried to read, in Malayalam translation, no less! But either the translation was bad, or the story was untranslatable, or I was too young for it... I dropped it after a few pages. I am glad I did, because I could read the original afresh.

This story is about a group called Eternals who travel outside of linear time, stepping in when required within the time-stream to make thing
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Nanu
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: time-travel
Es genial, Asimov no deja un cabo suelto. Hasta las cosas que no me terminaban de cerrar tuvieron su explicación.
La lectura es muy adictiva. ¡Si les gustan las historias de viajes en el tiempo, tienen que leerlo!
Maria
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cartea asta mi-a adus aminte de ce îmi place Asimov atât de mult, pentru mine e una dintre cele mai strălucite opere ale sale.

Zeci de secole în viitor: evoluția umanității este corectată de Eternitate, o organizație care există în afara Timpului și poate modela realitatea prin implementarea unor măsuri atent analizate în momente strategice ale istoriei. Călătorind înainte și înapoi pe axa temporală, Eternii aleg variantele de viitor care oferă cea mai mare siguranță socială și economică, încerc
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Amy
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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fromcouchtomoon
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Asimov is doing a couple of things here that raise a dull story to interesting, but you won't be able to catch it until the final two chapters. Dare I say this is a feminist critique of society?... I mean, as critical as a '50s dude from sexist academia could deliver? And delivered in quite possibly the most offensive way possible, at least to modern sensibilities? It partly serves as a polemic against critics of the space program (I smell a colleague confrontation brewing, Asi), partly an effor ...more
Albert
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Redondísimo. Bello. OBLIGATORIO.
Anand Srinivas
May 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: asimov
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
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Stephen
4.0 to 4.5 Stars. Superb Asimov story and his best novel not set within the Foundation and Robot Universe.
Lynley
Aug 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: america, sci-fi
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
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Fuad Fidah
May 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
আমার ইংরেজী বই পড়ার হাতে খড়ি হল আইজযাক আসিমভের রোবটস এযানড এমপায়ার পড়ে। আর ইবুক পড়ার হাতে খড়ি হল এই এনড অফ ইটারনিটি পড়ে। বইটার সমপরকে পরথম জানতে পারি মুহামমদ জাফর ইকবালের ছেলেমানুষী বইটিতে। সেখানে কোন একটা গলপের এক চরিতরের মুখে উচচারিত হয় - 'আইজযাক আসিমভ। দারূন লেখেন না? উনার এনড অফ ইটারনিটি পড়েছিস?' (এরকমই কিছু একটা) আমি তখন মাথা নাড়িয়ে জানাই না পড়ি নি, সিদধানত নেই - না, পড়তে হবে।
এরপর সারা নিউমারকেট ঘুরে বইটি পাই নি। আমার মনে আছে, থারড ইয়ারে ডেডিডসন কেনার কথা বলে আমমুর কাছ থেকে টাকা নিয়েছিলাম।
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Bar Tube
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Officially my favourite book read in 2016!
Eric Allen
Jun 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recently watched a TV series called Steins;gate. It started out as a lighthearted comedy, where a self-proclaimed mad scientist creates a time machine that allows him to send text messages into the past, by making the plate in his microwave turn backwards. It was really funny and entertaining, and then it went really, really dark as all of the consequences to changes in the past that they made with the machine started hitting, and they spent the rest of the series trying to undo or otherwise f ...more
Mark Harding
Mar 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Krbo
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Moja najdraže Asimovljevo djelo.

Ne znam zašto, možda jer posebno volim dio SF koji se bavi time-travelom.

A Asimov je ovdje apsolutno genijalno sredio probleme oko najpoznatijeg vremenskog paradoksa "ubijanja svog vlastitog djeda".

Ako ništa drugo pročitajte kako bi saznali "možete li ubiti svog djeda" - ne doslovno nego tek da vidite bi li nastavili postojati poslije toga.


Čista petica s moje strane!


Pročitao mali milijun puta :)




Omaira
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: LECTURA IMPRESCINDIBLE ANTES DE MORIR.
Recommended to Omaira by: Los Hacedores (@hacedores3).
Shelves: tetitas
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Asimov.
Uno de esos autores de los que siempre has oído hablar.

Autor reconocido por su trilogía “Fundación” o por sus relatos sobre robots como “Yo, robot” .

Decidí que probaría la pluma del autor con “El fin de la eternidad” un día este pasado agosto tirada en una cama y cotilleando pertenencias ajenas. Entre ellas encontré este libro y cuando leí sus sinopsis supe sencillamente que ese libro debía leerlo.

Y como lectora maniática, solo podía ser en una edición. Cualquier edición que no
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Pablo
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ciencia-ficci-n
Buen libro, sin embargo no cumplió con mis expectativas. Muchas veces había leído que era uno de los mejores libros de Asimov, junto a Los Propios Dioses, (aun no leo este último), pero personalmente no supera a la saga de la Fundación.

Como la mayoría de los libros de Asimov, tiene un final sorprendente, sin embargo, creo que el desarrollo de la historia, y parte del desenlace de esta, no están contados de una manera perfecta, confundiendo un poco al lector, introduciendo sucesos que al poco an
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Beatriz
El planteamiento del libro es realmente alucinante y de una originalidad increíble. Muy bien hilvanados todos los acontecimientos de principio a fin, con un desenlace genial, aunque un poco previsible. De muy fácil lectura y comprensión a pesar de los tecnicismos.

Sin embargo, no puedo darle una puntuación tan alta como merece la historia porque realmente odié al personaje principal, Andrew Harlan. Un tipo anodino, inseguro, irritable, contradictorio en su accionar, pesimista y egoísta, que cayó
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Kelsier
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
İlk bakışta, bir insanın aşkı uğruna ne kadar ileriye gidebileceği, o güne kadar benimsediği tabuları nasıl bir bir yıkacağı yönündeki basit kurguya sahip bir eser gibi görünse de, karakterimizi saran/sarmalayan/sarsan oyun çok çok ve çok devasadır.
(Ve hayır bu basit bir kurguya sahip bir eser değil, tam aksine kusursuz bir kurguya sahip etkileyici bir eser.)

Tahmin edilmesi zor, etkileyici bir sona sahip olan bu yapıt insanı düşünceleri arasında terk edip sorgulamasına sebep oluyor.

-spoiler-

"Kit
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James Renner
Dec 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sara Mazzoni
Nov 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Asimov scrive nel 1955 l’unico suo romanzo ambientato in un universo dove non esiste il viaggio spaziale. In La fine dell’eternità l’uomo ha però sviluppato una tecnologia che gli permette non solo di spostarsi nel tempo, ma anche di controllare la storia dell’umanità. La natura di quest’eternità ipercontrollata si mostra rapidamente come distopica, collocando le avventure dei protagonisti in un mondo dove il delirio di onnipotenza di una casta di controllori del tempo tiene segretamente in scac ...more
Ari
May 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
i've always liked time travel stories and was looking forward for this one coming from DA master. and although i liked the story well enough i think that it becomes convoluted toward the end when it deals with the scientific aspect of his logic in the tale and, hence, looses momentum. in spite of that, the overall premise is really interesting and it deals more with destiny/free will than time travel which is a nice mix always. it amazes me still how many different stories can be created around ...more
იოსებ
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
კარგი იქნება როგორც კლარკი გამოიცა ხელახლა, ისე ამის საბჭოთა დროს გამოცემული ვარიანტიც ხელახლა თუ გამოიცემა.
Gürkan Akkaya
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
O nasıl bir son öyle!! *-*
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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
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