The Light of Other Days

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Macmillan, Jan 15, 2001 - Fiction - 384 pages
126 Reviews
When a brilliant, driven industrialist harnesses the cutting edge of quantum physics to enable people everywhere, at trivial cost, to see one another at all times: around every corner, through every wall, into everyone's most private, hidden, and even intimate moments. It amounts to the sudden and complete abolition of human privacy--forever.

Then, as society reels, the same technology proves able to look backwards in time as well. What happens next is a story only Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter could tell. The Light of Other Days is a novel that will change your view of what it is to be human.
 

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Fun read with an interesting premise. - Goodreads
Clarke, in my opinion, wasn't such a great writer. - Goodreads
It's less story telling and more pure imagination. - Goodreads
I really liked the ending too. - Goodreads
It's my favourite literary premise. - Goodreads
But his actual prose was clunky. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Peter B - Goodreads

Clarke, in my opinion, wasn't such a great writer. He had remarkable vision and his concepts and story points were fabulous. But his actual prose was clunky. Baxter, on the other hand, is quite simply ... Read full review

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User Review  - Dániel Darabos - Goodreads

I am interested in the idea of a total erosion of privacy, and that is the central theme of this book. I think it does a fair job of covering this subject. But I found the book on the whole boring and ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

Born in Minehead, Somerset in 1917, Arthur C. Clarke is perhaps the most celebrated science fiction author alive today. He is the author of more than sixty books with more than 50 million copies in print, and the winner of all the field's highest honors. He was named Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America in 1986.

In 1945 he published the technical paper "Extra-terrestrial Relays", which in essence invented the principle of worldwide communication via geosynchronous satellite.

His well-known novels include Childhood's End; Against the Fall of Knight; 2001:A Space Odyssey; Rendezvous with Rama; Imperial Earth; The Fountains of Paradise; 2010: Odyssey Two; 2061: Odyssey Three, and 3001. In 1968, he collaborated with director Stanley Kubrick on the screenplay for the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was derived from his story "The Sentinel."

He has lived in Colombo, Sri Lanka since 1956. He was awarded the CBE in 1989 and knighted in 1998.

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