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Description

Adrian Tchaikovksy's critically acclaimed stand-alone novel Children of Time is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet.

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?

©2016 Adrian Tchaikovsky (P)2017 Audible Ltd

Critiques

" Children of Time is a joy from start to finish. Entertaining, smart, surprising and unexpectedly human." (Patrick Ness)

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Une autre vision d'humanité

J'ai adoré. Une redéfinition de l'humanité. Une histoire raconté sur deux perspectives dont l'une a des milles de toute personification.

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Captivating and imaginative.

The amount of time which passes during this story is fantastic and kept me hooked to the tale. Listening at every opportunity to ideas and concepts which are unique and inspirational. Great listen, highly recommend.

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  • Kurt Schwoppe
  • 30/07/2017

Fascinating Premise Within an Excellent Story

This is everything you expect from good Science Fiction. I love it when an author can take a potentially hokey storyline and turn it into a stunning work of believable fiction. A work of this type takes detailed knowledge and superior writing ability. Mostly this is a book about the known characteristics and behavior of a certain species, and how that species would hyper evolve with the right catalyst. But it also has some awesome hard science fiction involving terraforming, long distance space travel, and an number of other more common sci-fi themes. The science was logical throughout while the story remained unpredictable - a great combination. Sometimes female narrators struggle with male voices, but Mel Hudson does an excellent job. This book is at the top of my list so far for 2017, so it gets 5 stars across the board.

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  • Simon
  • 17/06/2017

A very pleasant surprise

What a pleasant surprise. I had never heard of this author and have become very hesitant to download books by authors new to me. In a time where the traditional barriers to publishing have crumbled, I tend to start with listening to the narrator in the sample on the premise that a talentless self publisher probably cannot afford a professional.

This is a well written and expertly narrated book. The premise interesting and the science believable. The characters are engaging and the storyline moves along at a nice pace.

Sorry for not giving away any of the storyline. Let's just say it's a story of humanity, survival, and some really intelligent mistakes. I enjoyed it and hope ypu will too.

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  • Jarno
  • 16/05/2017

A unique take on the alien

This was a very nice surprise. I read a lot of science fiction, and it's rare to come across a take on an alien society that is unique, and as well fleshed out as the author has achieved here.

The story concept is great, and the execution does not disappoint.

The start of the book didn't leave me expecting much - I found the main character in that early part pretty... cliche. Very glad to say that quickly got better though, much better.

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  • Michael G Kurilla
  • 24/06/2017

All we need is enough time

Adrian Tchaikovsky's Children of Time presents an interesting take on intelligence development among insect species (mainly spiders) due to unintended human intervention. After an experiment designed to observe evolution at an accelerated pace in primates goes awry and Earth implodes itself, a colony ship is all that remains of humanity. While the terraformed world is lush and inviting, a psychotic human / AI chimera refuses to allow the last remnants of the human race to settle and forces them to wander, all the while slowly devolving, while the rapidly developing insect world is progressing through the stages of creating a sustainable civilization. With nowhere else to turn, humanity must make a play for the planet to survive.

The sci-fi elements are mainly centered around evolutionary biology and the development of intelligence and civilization. Intriguingly, spiders come to dominate with females being the dominant gender evolving as a mirror image of humanity. Rather than a random or artificial rationale for this development, the author identifies size (females being larger as a consequence of reproductive necessity) and the lack of need for child rearing duties as the basis for this development which provides a sharp juxtaposition and contrast relative to humanity. The devolution of humanity on the colony was less well handled and the final denouement was tending towards the preachy, but overall the tale is a fresh take on the evolution of intelligent life in a somewhat alien species without simply "aping" human developmental lines.

The narration was excellent overall with a solid range of voices of both genders. In addition, the insectoid vocals were handled nicely without resorting to nasal or flat affect renditions and rapid transitions between the human / AI chimera were skillfully relayed. This is a thought provoking tale that starkly portrays evolution as an unfeeling taskmaster without the concept of right or wrong, but rather only consequences.

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  • Kirk
  • 07/12/2017

Thought provoking, timely and optimistic

Adrian Tchaikovsky is a busy author. Children of Time is the first book of his I have read and visits a familiar landscape in contemporary sci-fi: the Earth is becoming unlivable and great ships are being built to send stores of humans to far off worlds to begin new, terraformed colonies.  In this story there are some fascinating wrinkles.

The story opens with a ceremony marking the beginning of a terraforming project on one such far off world. The point of view is the narcissistic designer of this world drearily waiting through the formalities of her grand plan being put into effect. At the penultimate moment the pilot of the lead ship reveals himself to be a saboteur, a man whose personal convictions are that humans should not be imposing their view of the Universe on unsuspecting worlds. His efforts result in the grand plan mostly failing and the designer escaping death by placing herself in a hibernation chamber.

The plan for this project centered on a proto-virus that was introduced into the planetary ecosystem. The intent was for it to act as a catalyst and accelerator for evolutionary development of monkeys who were also to be introduced. The idea was to inoculate the planet with these elements, wait a few thousand years then descend a world pre-populated with humans at an early technological age and live as gods.

The monkeys did not make it and though the proto-virus had constraints to keep it from affecting every species, because only the monkeys were supposed to be affected, it turns out the native spider and ant populations were affected.

Meanwhile, time passes for the Earth. A lot of time. Time enough for the fall of the technological greatness allowing such project, an ice age, and a rebirth of technology eventually allowing for a new series of colony ships to be built and sent out.

Time is everywhere in this story. We watch the spiders evolve on their planet. The humans traveling in their colony ship have a stasis like sleep which can last for hundreds of years. They are periodically woken by the ship when their input or expertise is required to deal with issues and return to sleep. It's a fascinating plot device that allows for characters to age at different rates and wake to completely different realities within the confines of the same ship they start in.

The inevitable meeting of the two species, humans and spiders, in space is entertaining and exciting. I've written before about an author's ability to tell a story without breaking my suspension of disbelief and Tchaikovsky manages it well with his telling of the battle that ensues.

There is a fair amount of what I consider contemporary commentary of issues of the day like power, fairness, equality and the effects of technology on life.

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  • Irene
  • 10/06/2017

Extraordinary, mind-twisting ideas

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Absolutely riveting, unexpected. Best book I've listened to since The Name of the Wind (different genre completely but I have very eclectic tastes) Ending did not quite resonate, Octavia Butler would have done better with the concept, but it is what it is. Still, what a concept!

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  • Angelus56
  • 29/05/2018

Slow and miserable read

I tried. I really tried to like this novel. It was just not possible. Incredibly slow and full of unlikable characters, it was an exercise in futility for me. Would not recommend this book to anyone.

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  • logicwins
  • 04/06/2017

Absolutely fantastic book

This book is so well written and intelligent. For me, this was the perfect book. Fantastic characters, amazing plot. Great performance. I'd say more but I wouldn't want to spoil anything. One of the best books I have read in a long time, I needed a smart, thoughtful, and believable story like this.

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  • Anna gold
  • 25/02/2018

Beyond inspiring

As a huge fan of science fiction I have read countless works by countless authors, non have ever touched me as this book. An understanding of life, in my opinion, has never been expressed so eloquently and so broad at the same time. This story is possibly a gateway to a new and improved perspective of humanity and of life itself. Amazing fantasy yet hopeful potential to be so much more. What we can achieve if only we can identify ourselves and the commonality between us and any other sentient being in the vast cosmos. A small, simple unique something that can bridge all the differences, that can connect to others and express one simple thought “This is us, we are like you”. This book deeply touches on all aspects of known and unknown qualities that make up our human intellectual capacity as well as those of other life forms. Then the question of “what can be achieved” is explored from a very unique alien yet familiar perspective. I cannot get enough of this book, and I pray that Adrien Tchaikovsky has planned more books along the same idea : “this is us” and what can we not reach together if we can break barriers of division. Beyond great, this book is a start in understanding more in every direction possible.

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  • Laura A Despres
  • 07/06/2017

Brilliant

Really well thought out very different and unique. The start may come off as slow but its worth it once things get going.

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  • Lilli
  • 22/02/2018

maybe better when reading

As an audio book sometimes very hard to follow. can't exactly tell if it because of a confusing interwoven storyline. or because of the voice and manner. still happy that I listened till the unexpected ending.

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  • werauchimmer
  • 15/01/2018

Conceptually very interesting

"Story"
There are a whole range of really interesting concepts and ideas in this this book. This makes the story quite unique and gives you plenty to think about.

"Writing Style"
In many ways this is refreshingly different. No classic story arch, barely any clichée. But the story is spread out over quite a long time and characters, so I couldn't really bond with any of them. About half the chapters are written like lab book entries (not really, but at least really detached and observing).

"Narrator"
I think I would have chosen a male speaker - partly for just personal preference, partly because most main characters (that actually have a spoken language) are male. Anyways, I think Mel Hudson does a quite good job -- the sample provided is quite indicative.

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  • Steffen
  • 10/12/2017

One of the best SciFi I have read in a long time!

On par with the Hyperion Cantus. Amazingly mind-boggling. A whole new world. 1 2 3

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  • LTomsik
  • 01/09/2018

Breathtaking book, innovative story, brilliant.

I loved it and was sorry, that my commute is over and I'm at work or at home and have to wait so long for continuation.

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  • SciFi Fan
  • 21/07/2018

Wirklich guter und kurzweiliger SciFi

Ob jetzt bei dieser Geschichte jedes Detail wirklich wissenschaftlich/physikalisch korrekt ist vermag und will ich auch gar nicht beurteilen. Die Grundidee der Geschichte erscheint mir jedenfalls glaubhaft und das reicht mir. Hardcore SciFi der Sorte Enceladus, bei der aber auch jedes kleine Detail wissenschaftlich präzise erläutert ist, langweilt mich eh nur zu Tode. In der Mitte war die Geschichte der Menschen manchmal ein wenig ermüdend. Dafür entschädigte mich der wirklich gute und überraschende Schluss. Das Englisch ist - wie auch von anderen hier empfunden - schon ein wenig schwieriger, was an der Wortwahl und nicht an der guten Sprecherin liegt.

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  • dandibar
  • 19/07/2018

Fresh Sci-Fi with an original perspective

This story was a delight, a fresh addition to the sci-fi genre with some unique sociological perspectives in the old vance-ian style (although not as dark). Its interesting and gripping despite the story encompassing millenia. Highly recommended for every fan of the sci-fi genre and beyond.

The audiobook narration is very good. Mel Hudson manages to give it the right amount of emotion, gravitas and madness.

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  • Fab
  • 02/07/2018

Beautifully Imaginative

Tchaikovsky builds a beautiful world that's deep but unlike Baxter he also creates meaningful characters.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11/06/2018

Very imaginative story and a fitting narrator

Story:
I really liked the overall story. It's very imaginative and puts the whole topic of preserving the human race as a whole into perspective. The premise feels somewhat construed at first, but it lays the perfect groundwork for a thrilling story and opens up a whole bunch of interesting problems for the protagonists to solve.
There are basically two points of criticism for me:
1. The story feels rushed at several points. At some points within the story line this makes perfect sense and really conveys the (human) protagonist's feeling of being in and out of time, again and again. But sometimes I feel there would have been so much more to tell about this very special experience aboard the Gil. There's a lot left open to the reader's imagination.
2. I feel that humanity as a whole is portrayed very one-dimensional. Humans are mostly characterized as brutal conquerors and eternal warmongers. Even though this may essentially be true in this story, I feel it overly simplifies the human condition and is really not necessary to convey the message of the book.

Narrator:
I feel the narrator was great for several characters and OK for others. Especially her rendition of the extremely arrogant and increasingly mad Doctor Kern is brilliant! In general, having this book read by a Woman was a very good decision, as there are very strong female characters in this story.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • RoyalTree
  • 23/05/2018

Ist ok

Das letzte Drittel könnte etwas mehr Inhalt vertragen, vielleicht wären zwei Bücher möglich gewesen. Der Sprecher hat gute Arbeit geleistet

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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 16/04/2018

Fascinating story

The speaker was good and the story was simply captivating! I thoroughly enjoyed the read.