The Firstborn, the mysterious race of aliens best known as the builders of the iconic black monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey, have inhabited the writing of science fiction master Arthur C. Clarke for decades. In the first two books of his acclaimed Time Odyssey series, Clarke and 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. That fate was narrowly averted, at an inconceivable price. But now, 27 years later, the Firstborn are back. This time, they have sent a "quantum bomb" speeding toward Earth, a device that human scientists can barely comprehend, let alone stop or destroy. But when shocking new insights emerge about the nature of the Firstborn and their plans, an unexpected ally appears from light-years away.More
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The end to the Trilogy!
The way the story all tied together. The three books are very different but the main message seemed to be the indomitable strength of the human spirit to never give up.
Give it a happier ending? Then it wouldn't be the same book though, right?
He is always wonderful, his nuances on different words and characters he portrays are certainly his greatest strengths.
The ending. Three women coming together, all I can say without being a spoiler.
Arthur C Clarke was able to take all of his works and tie them into this trilogy. The firstborn from 2001 and the space elevators from Fountains of Paradise and even a bit of Rama thrown in.
I am very happy I took the time to listen to this trilogy, it helps me to remember that maybe humans aren't the greatest things in the universe, but we may be the most tenacious!
- Kristi Richardson
Believable Time Travel and Aliens Great Books
- Terrance Hanna