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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

Ce que les critiques disent

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

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Au global

  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
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  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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Loved it.

Really great read. very enjoyable hard SciFi. has a different perspective that was fascinating to see.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Satisfying

I was not expecting to like this story but it turns out this was a really satisfying listen. Very nicely written and performed. Recommend for sure.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

Excellent book

A superb story. A real gem. One of the best sci-fi stories I’ve read and listened to in a long time. Very original. Highly recommended.

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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars

Not what I expected.

There were a lot of positive reviews for this book on both the Canadian site and the US site but I fail to understand what people found intriguing about the book. Yes it was science fiction but more precisely it was a story about biology let loose.
I did a lot of skipping ahead in the book just to get the feel for the story and to get to the end. Too strange for me.
Obviously I’m in the minority.
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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

An absolutely excellent audio-book

I very much enjoyed this audio-book. I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys a great story.
It enthralled me in its depth and riveting story lines. I took a chance on it when it came up in my "recommended for you" feed. I'm very glad I did. It spans multiple points of view and keeps up with a good flow. I was always happy to listen to it whenever the chance presented itself from beginning to end.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

unbelievably unique book

didn't know what to expect, but this was an incredibly awesome and unique take on a space epic.

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars

Fantastic premise, uneven character work

The overall plot and human characters were far less interesting than the "others". The human half of the novel is a little dry. The protagonist does little but observe what's going on, and even thinks the things you wish he would have said in key scenes, but never voices it out loud. It's interesting, but ultimately frustrating.

The other side of the story, which I'll try not to give away here, is surprising and very imaginative. The characters have agency, and DO make choices that effect the rest of the book. I found myself far more invested in the "others", particularly Portia and Bianca, whos personalities evolve and weave around each other during the course of the novel.

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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

SF masterwork in the style of Brin or Vinge

OK, wow. Occasionally a book comes along that makes me want to go back and downgrade all my previous 5-star reviews to 4-stars just so this one can be clearly ahead of all the rest. This is definitely that book. I picked it up fairly randomly on Audible and holy crap, this is an amazing masterwork. Apparently winner of the 2016 Arthur C. Clarke Award, and can we give it all the other awards too? If you enjoyed David Brin's Uplift Trilogy, if you enjoyed Diane Duane's spider scientist K't'lk, if you enjoyed Raising the Stones by Sherri Tepper .... then you will love this book, and love finding elements of all of these in it.

It starts with a clear nod to the Uplift Trilogy as the terraforming ship "Brin II" begins preparing a potential colony world for a long process of terraforming, ultimately with the hope of creating a new earthlike planet and "uplifting" monkeys using a custom nanovirus. Long story short - things don't go according to plan, either for the human race or the monkeys, nor for a charming and unusually intelligent species of jumping spider that turns out to be somewhat susceptible to the virus also.

The scope is literally epic, spanning millenia, and touching on humanity's self-destructive instincts, the end of the human race as we know it, space exploration, uplift, insane artificial intelligence, extremely sympathetic spider characters, and programming via ants (couldn't help wondering if this was a nod to Terry Pratchett also...) It is a LONG book, 16.5 hours in audio form and massive in scope, but beautifully written and I can't imagine any science fiction fan who enjoys authors like Brin and Vinge would not also enjoy this. But enough review writing, I must now go and read everything else by this author. #Audible1

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars

Amazing listen

Children of time was by far my favourite listen. The two story’s so well thought out and coming together for an unpredictable ending. A few very short parts kinda got dry but didn’t last long. 10/10 would recommend for any science fiction fan.

  • Au global
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Engrossing to the End

I didn't know what to expect when I listened this book as it was a book recommended from an article that I really didn't like the other books suggested and wasn't sure if I really wanted to listen to it. I'm so glad I did.

The concept and world building was imaginative and very well thought out bring to life a story I didn't expect. The characters were subtle in their inventiveness but still relatable. This is definitely at the top of my list for best science fiction I listened to this year.
It really was a masterfully written piece of science fiction.
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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • leloo
  • 2018-01-25

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.

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-08-09

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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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Kurt Schwoppe
  • 2017-07-30

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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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Simon
  • 2017-06-17

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.

250 personnes sur 273 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jarno
  • 2017-05-16

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.

224 personnes sur 246 ont trouvé cette évaluation pertinente

  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Michael G Kurilla
  • 2017-06-24

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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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Kirk
  • 2017-12-07

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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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Irene
  • 2017-06-10

Extraordinary, mind-twisting ideas

Any additional comments?

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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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • logicwins
  • 2017-06-04

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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  • Au global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Kevin Bauman
  • 2018-07-09

I want my 16 hrs back

the author jumps around a ton passage of time is extremely hard to follow. spiders are violent? wait.. their not? I found myself eager to finish the book just to be done with it for a cheesy sucker punch ending. probably more appealing to female readers since EVERY person of power happens to be female. And the spiders in power are all female.

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  • Au global
    1 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    1 out of 5 stars
  • Angelus56
  • 2018-05-29

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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  • Au global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anna gold
  • 2018-02-25

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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