The Light of Other Days: A Novel of the Transformation of Humanity

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Tom Doherty Associates, Jan 11, 2010 - Fiction - 320 pages
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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.


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User Review  - RandyStafford - LibraryThing

My reactions to reading this novel in 2000. Spoilers follow The title of this novel (and the dedication and the afterword) explicitly allude to Bob Shaw’s famous story of the same. It mentions it as ... Read full review

THE LIGHT OF OTHER DAYS

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

This first collaborative effort from Clarke, the venerable author of 3001: The Final Odyssey (1997), etc., and the up-and-coming Baxter (Manifold: Time, Jan. 2000, etc.), exploits an old SF idea: a ... Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
The Goldfish Bowl
The Casimir Engine
The Minds
The Wormworks
Wormwood
Virtual Heaven
The BillionDollar Pearl
The Water
The Debunk Machine
Hindsight
Time
Crisis of Faith
Behold the
The Verdict
The Light of Other Days

The Wormcam
Scoops
The Agent
The Guardians
The Brain Stud
Spacetime
The Eyes of
Walls of Glass
Light Years
Confabulation
The Floodlit Stage
Watching Bobby
Refugees
The Grandmothers
Family History
The Ages of Sisyphus
Epilogue
Afterword
Copyright

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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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