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Firstborn

Firstborn

(2007)
(The third book in the Time Odyssey series)
A novel by

 
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 Odyssey - have 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.

Genre: Science Fiction
 
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Hardback Editions

May 2008 : Hardback
Title: Firstborn: A Time Odyssey Book Three
Author(s): Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
ISBN: 0575083409 / 9780575083400 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon   

December 2007 : Hardback
Title: Firstborn (Time Odyssey)
Author(s): Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
ISBN: 0345491572 / 9780345491572 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon UK   

Paperback Editions

February 2009 : Paperback
Title: Firstborn: A Time Odyssey Book Three
Author(s): Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
ISBN: 0575083417 / 9780575083417 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon   

October 2008 : Mass Market Paperback
Title: Firstborn (Time Odyssey)
Author(s): Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
ISBN: 0345491580 / 9780345491589 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   Amazon UK   

May 2008 : Paperback
Title: Firstborn: A Time Odyssey Book Three
Author(s): Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
ISBN: 0575083395 / 9780575083394 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon   

Audio Editions

August 2012 : Audio CD
Title: Firstborn (A Time Odyssey, Book 3)
Author(s): Stephen Baxter, Arthur C. Clarke
ISBN: 1433252430 / 9781433252433
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Availability: Amazon UK   Amazon   

May 2011 : Audio Cassette
Title: Firstborn (Time Odyssey (Blackstone Audio))
Author(s): Arthur C. Clarke
ISBN: 1433252414 / 9781433252419
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

May 2011 : Audio CD
Title: Firstborn (Time Odyssey (Blackstone Audio))
Author(s): Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
ISBN: 1433252422 / 9781433252426
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

May 2011 : MP3 CD
Title: Firstborn (A Time Odyssey, Book 3)
Author(s): Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
ISBN: 1433252449 / 9781433252440
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

July 2009 : Kindle edition
Title: Firstborn: A Time Odyssey: Book Three
Author(s): Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
ISBN: B003151JSS
Publisher: Gateway
Availability: Amazon UK   

December 2007 : Kindle edition
Title: Firstborn (Time Odyssey)
Author(s): Arthur C. Clarke, Stephen Baxter
ISBN: B000W93AEC
Publisher: Del Rey
Availability: Amazon   

 


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