City at the End of Time

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Random House Publishing Group, Aug 5, 2008 - Fiction - 476 pages
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Multiple Hugo and Nebula award-winning author, Greg Bear is one of science fiction’s most accomplished writers. Bold scientific speculation, riveting plots, and a fierce humanism reflected in characters who dare to dream of better worlds distinguish his work. Now Bear has written a mind-bendingly epic novel that may well be his masterpiece.

Do you dream of a city at the end of time?

In a time like the present, in a world that may or may not be our own, three young people–Ginny, Jack, and Daniel–dream of a doomed, decadent city of the distant future: the Kalpa. Ginny’s and Jack’s dreams overtake them without warning, leaving their bodies behind while carrying their consciousnesses forward, into the minds of two inhabitants of the Kalpa–a would-be warrior, Jebrassy, and an inquisitive explorer, Tiadba–who have been genetically retro-engineered to possess qualities of ancient humanity. As for Daniel: He dreams of an empty darkness–all that his future holds.

But more than dreams link Ginny, Jack, and Daniel. They are fate-shifters, born with the ability to skip like stones across the surface of the fifth dimension, inhabiting alternate versions of themselves. And each guards an object whose origin and purpose are unknown: gnarled, stony artifacts called sum-runners that persist unchanged through all versions of time.

Hunted by others with similar powers who seek the sum-runners on behalf of a terrifying, goddess-like entity known as the Chalk Princess, Ginny, Jack, and Daniel are drawn, despite themselves, into an all but hopeless mission to rescue the future–and complete the greatest achievement in human history.


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The imagery is trippy and very cool. - LibraryThing
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City at the End of Time is categorized as science fiction, though many elements closely resemble urban fantasy and at times the feel of the novel is reminiscent of Gaiman’s American Gods or Neverwhere ... Read full review

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Too little, too late. A well-written supernatural mess that picks up in the last hundred pages. But not enough to warrant reading the previous three. Greg Bear may be a science fiction author ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
25
Section 3
43
Section 4
81
Section 5
98
Section 6
116
Section 7
124
Section 8
131
Section 16
240
Section 17
242
Section 18
261
Section 19
273
Section 20
290
Section 21
300
Section 22
301
Section 23
315

Section 9
143
Section 10
160
Section 11
174
Section 12
177
Section 13
184
Section 14
203
Section 15
210
Section 24
381
Section 25
388
Section 26
405
Section 27
451
Section 28
475
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About the author (2008)

Greg Bear is the author of more than twenty-five books, which have been translated into more than a dozen languages. He has been awarded two Hugos and five Nebulas for his fiction. He is married to Astrid Anderson Bear, and they are the parents of two children, Erik and Alexandra.

www.gregbear.com



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