First Born

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Random House Publishing Group, 2008 - Fiction - 410 pages
15 Reviews
The Firstborn–the mysterious race of aliens who first became known to science fiction fans as the builders of the iconic black monolith in 2001: A Space Odysseyhave inhabited legendary master of science fiction Sir Arthur C. Clarke’s writing for decades. With Time’s Eye and Sunstorm, the first two books in their acclaimed Time Odyssey series, Clarke and his brilliant co-author Stephen Baxter imagined a near-future in which the Firstborn seek to stop the advance of human civilization by employing a technology indistinguishable from magic.

Their first act was the Discontinuity, in which Earth was carved into sections from different eras of history, restitched into a patchwork world, and renamed Mir. Mir’s inhabitants included such notables as Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, and United Nations peacekeeper Bisesa Dutt. For reasons unknown to her, Bisesa entered into communication with an alien artifact of inscrutable purpose and godlike power–a power that eventually returned her to Earth. There, she played an instrumental role in humanity’s race against time to stop a doomsday event: a massive solar storm triggered by the alien Firstborn designed to eradicate all life from the planet. That fate was averted at an inconceivable price. Now, twenty-seven years later, the Firstborn are back.

This time, they are pulling no punches: They have sent a “quantum bomb.” Speeding toward Earth, it is a device that human scientists can barely comprehend, that cannot be stopped or destroyed–and one that will obliterate Earth.

Bisesa’s desperate quest for answers sends her first to Mars and then to Mir, which is itself threatened with extinction. The end seems inevitable. But as shocking new insights emerge into the nature of the Firstborn and their chilling plans for mankind, an unexpected ally appears from light-years away.


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Review: Firstborn (A Time Odyssey #3)

User Review  - Robert - Goodreads

I liked the story and the scientific concepts. I thought the characterization was thin and not really developed, which I felt undercut the motivations of the characters as the story moved forward. The ... Read full review

Review: Firstborn (A Time Odyssey #3)

User Review  - Dan - Goodreads

The third in the trilogy by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter which sees the Earth of the near-future face the threat of the firstborn, a malevolent alien race who want to destroy humanity. The book ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
8
Section 3
19
Section 4
45
Section 5
78
Section 6
104
Section 7
112
Section 8
123
Section 15
237
Section 16
246
Section 17
254
Section 18
276
Section 19
291
Section 20
321
Section 21
323
Section 22
332

Section 9
135
Section 10
143
Section 11
163
Section 12
183
Section 13
218
Section 14
230
Section 23
351
Section 24
358
Section 25
361
Section 26
390
Section 27
393
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About the author (2008)

Arthur C. Clarke is considered the greatest science fiction writer of all time and is an international treasure in many other ways, including the fact that a 1945 article by him led to the invention of satellite technology. Books by Clarke–both fiction and nonfiction–have sold more than one hundred million copies worldwide. Mr. Clarke passed away March 19th, 2008.



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