By Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
Sir Arthur C. Clarke is a residing legend, a author whose identify has been synonymous with technological know-how fiction for greater than fifty years. An indomitable believer in human and clinical strength, Clarke is a real visionary. If Clarke has an inheritor between today’s technological know-how fiction writers, it really is award-winning writer Stephen Baxter. In every one of his acclaimed novels, Baxter has validated extraordinary presents of mind's eye and mind, besides an extraordinary skill to carry the main cerebral technological know-how dramatically to lifestyles. Now those champions of humanism and clinical hypothesis have mixed their skills in a unique absolute to be essentially the most talked-about of the yr, a 2001 for the recent millennium.
For eons, Earth has been lower than statement by means of the Firstborn, beings nearly as previous because the universe itself. The Firstborn are unknown to humankind— until eventually they act. right away, Earth is carved up and reassembled like a major jigsaw puzzle. abruptly the planet and each dwelling factor on it not exist in one timeline. as an alternative, the area turns into a patchwork of eras, from prehistory to 2037, each one with its personal indigenous inhabitants.
Scattered around the planet are floating silver orbs impervious to all guns and most unlikely to speak with. Are those technologically complex units chargeable for developing and maintaining the rifts in time? Are they cameras wherein inscrutable alien eyes are staring at? Or are they anything stranger and extra terrifying still?
The resolution could lie within the old urban of Babylon, the place teams of refugees from 2037—three cosmonauts returning to Earth from the foreign area Station, and 3 United international locations peacekeepers on a venture in Afghanistan—have detected radio indications: the one such signs on this planet, except their very own. The peacekeepers locate allies in nineteenth-century British troops and within the armies of Alexander the nice. The astronauts, crash-landed within the steppes of Asia, subscribe to forces with the Mongol horde led by means of Genghis Khan. the 2 facets set out for Babylon, every one decided to win the race for wisdom . . . and the facility that lies within.
Yet the true strength is past human regulate, maybe even human figuring out. As nice armies face off prior to the gates of Babylon, it watches, ready. . . .
From the Hardcover edition.