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American Book 408880 The Light of Other Days

By Sir Arthur C Clarke, Stephen Baxter

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Format: Paperback, 316 pages
Other Information: black & white illustrations
Published In: United States, 01 December 2009
From Arthur C. Clarke the brilliant mind that brought us 2001: A Space Odyssey and Stephen Baxter one of the most cogent SF writers of his generation comes a novel of a day not so far in the future when the barriers of time and distance have suddenly turned to glass. When a brilliant driven industrialist harnesses cutting-edge physics to enable people everywhere at trivial cost to see one another at all times—around every corner through every wall—the result is the sudden and complete abolition of human privacy forever. Then the same technology proves able to look backward in time as well. The Light of Other Days is a story that will change your view of what it is to be human. Author: Clarke Arthur C. Publisher: Forge. Pages: 320. Dimensions: 8.2" x 0.9" x 6.7".

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ARTHUR C. CLARKE was the most celebrated science fiction author of the twentieth century, the author of more than sixty books, and the winner of all the field's highest honors. He coanchored the Apollo 11, 12, and 15 missions with Walter Cronkite and Wally Schirra for CBS. He died in 2008.STEPHEN BAXTER is the author of many major SF novels. He has won the Philip K. Dick Award, the John W. Campbell Award, the British Science Fiction Association Award, the Lasswitz Award (in Germany), and the Seiun Award (in Japan).

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HTwo titans of hard SF--multiple award-winning British authors Clarke (Rendezvous with Rama, etc.) and Baxter (The Time Ships, etc.)--team up for a story of grand scientific and philosophical scope. Ruthless Hiram Patterson, the self-styled "Bill Gates of the twenty-first century," brings about a communication revolution by using quantum wormholes to link distant points around Earth. Not content with his monopoly on the telecommunications industry, Patterson convinces his estranged son, David, a brilliant young physicist, to work for him. While humanity absorbs the depressing news that an enormous asteroid will hit Earth in 500 years, David develops the WormCam, which allows remote viewers to spy on anyone, anytime. The government steps in to direct WormCam use--but before long, privacy becomes a distant memory. Then David and his half-brother, Bobby, discover a way to use the WormCam to view the past, and the search for truth leads to disillusionment as well as knowledge. Only by growing beyond the mores of the present can humanity hope to survive and to deal with the threats of the future, including that asteroid. The exciting extrapolation flows with only a few missteps, and the large-scale implications addressed are impressive indeed. For both authors the novel's conclusion takes place in familiar thematic territory, offering a final, hopeful transcendence for humanity. With Clarke's and Baxter's names behind its potent story, this one could sell big--and to the movies as well as to the reading public. $250,000 ad/promo. (Feb.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.

EAN: 9780765322876
ISBN: 0765322870
Publisher: Tor Books
Dimensions: 21.34 x 13.97 x 2.54 centimetres (0.50 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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The physics in this one gets a bit high level for me after a while, but it's a great story. The premise - being able to see any past point in space and time - is mindblowing, and the authors do a great job of examining various angles and implications of the idea. This is not really a light read, but if you like your science fiction fairly hard, it's worth sitting down to read this book.

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