Part of the Gollancz S.F. series
Two of the biggest names in SF together again; the sequel to the acclaimed TIME'S EYE The observatory on the moon has the proof.
Life on earth will be incinerated in April 2037 by a massive solar flare.
It is building down and it is unstoppable. With only 18 months until doomsday mankind must unite and embark on the most ambitious engineering project ever: the construction, at the La Grange point between the sun and the earth, of a deflecting mirror the diameter of our home planet.
The price of failure? Extinction. One scientist, an expert on the sun, predicted the flare.
One person who knew nothing about the sun nevertheless knew the exact date that life on earth would come to an end.
She had witnessed the bizarre time dislocations brought by the 'eyes'.
She knows who is responsible. This is hard SF in the grand tradition of the genre.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 13/04/2006
- Category: Science fiction
- ISBN: 9780575078017
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Review by pauliharman
A great read and an interesting sequel to Time's Eye. In this book, the Firstborn have arranged the destruction of the Earth via massive solar events, and our heroes must engage in mammoth feats of terrestrial and solar engineering in order to save humanity. As ever with Clarke and Baxter the story is gripping and bristling with scientific ideas. Unfortunately, as has become common with Clarke's work, there is also a distasteful and wholly unnecessary anti-religious (and in particualr anti-Christianity) theme. In this book religion is "explained" as a mere side effect of electromagnetic interference that has in some way corrupted poor unfortunates' brains, and the advent and rise of Christianity as side-effects of the Firstborn's actions (although since this is clearly an alternate universe to our own, one wonders exactly what the point of this digression was). Someone should tell Mr Clarke that it is not religion per se that is responsible for all the worlds ills, but intolerance - and that it is something that all humans can suffer from, not just the religious.