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Firstborn. 2007 Firstborn
by Arthur C. Clarke
and Stephen Baxter

First Edition 2007.
Del Rey / Ballantine Books.
New York.
ISBN 9780345491572.
Hardback in dust jacket.
Cover illustration by David Stevenson.
364 pages.
Price: $25.95.

Notes
Firstborn, a novel by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter.

The third and final part of the A Time Odyssey series.

The image opposite and the blurb below are from the 3rd printing of the 2009 Gollancz paperback edition, ISBN 9780575083417. Cover illustration by iStockphoto.

Publisher’s Blurb – Lower Cover
The Firstborn - the builders of the iconic black monolith - 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 A 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 civilisation.

First came 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 Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and United Nations peacekeeper Bisesa Dutt. Bisesa fought to return to true Earth where she played an instrumental role in humanity's race against time to stop a second doomsday event: a massive solar storm triggered by the alien Firstborn, designed to eradicate all life from the planet. That fate was averted, but now, twenty-seven years later, the Firstborn are back.

This time they are pulling no punches: they have sent a quantum bomb. Speeding towards Earth, it cannot be stopped or destroyed. 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.

'Clarke and Baxter have mastered the art of saving the world in blockbuster style'
Entertainment Weekly

 
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