Children of Time

January 14, 2019 - Comment

WHO WILL INHERIT THIS NEW EARTH? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age – a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not

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WHO WILL INHERIT THIS NEW EARTH? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age – a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden. In the long years since the planet was abandoned, the work of its architects has borne disastrous fruit. The planet is not waiting for them, pristine and unoccupied. New masters have turned it from a refuge into mankind’s worst nightmare. Now two civilizations are on a collision course, both testing the boundaries of what they will do to survive. As the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, who are the true heirs of this new Earth?

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Anonymous says:

Really enjoyed this. With detailed and fascinating world-building and a … Really enjoyed this. With detailed and fascinating world-building and a fantastically well-drawn ‘alien’ perspective (and an AI viewpoint thrown in for good measure), it’s long, takes its own time to get to a satisfying and surprising conclusion and I found it utterly satisfying. The freshest piece of hard sci-fi I’ve read in years. It’s got spaceships, terraforming, conflict, suspended animation, lots of time passing and characters that you build a relationship with, despite their many…

Anonymous says:

A masterclass of modern science fiction. Quite simply a stunning piece of work. I’m a fussy reader and have struggled to find anything to compare with the best of Asimov, Clarke, Bear and Bradbury (etc), but this book was the first I’ve read in a long time that I couldn’t wait to get back to between reading sessions.Who’d have thought it possible to conceive of a civilisation of spiders that feels entirely realistic in its construction and how it evolves over time? By sensitive, imaginative writing and the clever trick of…

Anonymous says:

It’s a story of challenge and technology and people and civilisations, and it’s definitely worth reading. Definitely sci-fi, but good sci-fi. And this is coming from someone who definitely dislikes the This-Is-How-It-Works-In-Ten-Pages-Of-Detail that seems to plague so many of the classics. I did find it slightly heavy going (and tended to read in chapter-sized chunks) but the payoff is absolutely worth it.It’s a story of genetics and modification and evolution, but it’s also characters. It’s humanity’s last rag-bag of peoples who have clawed their way up through the ruins of our…

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