By Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
The Firstborn–the mysterious race of extraterrestrial beings who first turned identified to technology fiction enthusiasts because the developers of the long-lasting black monolith in 2001: an area Odyssey–have inhabited mythical grasp of technology fiction Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s writing for many years. With Time’s Eye and Sunstorm, the 1st books of their acclaimed Time Odyssey sequence, Clarke and his terrific co-author Stephen Baxter imagined a near-future during which the Firstborn search to prevent the improvement of human civilization by means of applying a expertise indistinguishable from magic.
Their first act was once the Discontinuity, during which Earth was once carved into sections from diversified eras of background, restitched right into a patchwork international, and renamed Mir. Mir’s population incorporated such notables as Alexander the good, Genghis Khan, and United countries peacekeeper Bisesa Dutt. For purposes unknown to her, Bisesa entered into conversation with an alien artifact of inscrutable objective and godlike power–a strength that finally back her to Earth. There, she performed an instrumental position in humanity’s race opposed to time to forestall a doomsday occasion: a tremendous sunlight hurricane brought on through the alien Firstborn designed to eliminate all lifestyles from the planet. That destiny used to be avoided at an unimaginable fee. Now, twenty-seven years later, the Firstborn are back.
This time, they're pulling no punches: they've got despatched a “quantum bomb.” rushing towards Earth, it's a equipment that human scientists can slightly understand, that can not be stopped or destroyed–and person who will obliterate Earth.
Bisesa’s determined quest for solutions sends her first to Mars after which to Mir, that is itself threatened with extinction. the tip turns out inevitable. yet as surprising new insights emerge into the character of the Firstborn and their chilling plans for mankind, an unforeseen best friend appears to be like from light-years away.
From the Hardcover edition.