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The Light of Other Days Audiobook

The Light of Other Days

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Publisher's Summary

The Light of Other Days tells the tale of what happens when a brilliant, driven industrialist harnesses the cutting edge of quantum physics to enable people everywhere, at trivial cost, to see one another at all times: around every corner, through every wall, into everyone's most private, hidden, and even intimate moments. It amounts to the sudden and complete abolition of human privacy - forever.

Then, as society reels, the same technology proves able to look backwards in time as well. Nothing can prepare us for what this means. It is a fundamental change in the terms of the human condition.

©2007 Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein succeeded. . .and now Stephen Baxter joins their exclusive ranks, writing science fiction in which the science is right. A sheer pleasure to read." (New Scientist)
"Extraordinarily rich in ideas." (Los Angeles Times)
"A sweeping, mind-boggling read!" (Booklist)

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    Lisa Callihan 11-30-08 Member Since 2017
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    "When Seeing All is not Understanding All"

    Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter do not disappoint in their joint effort, "The Light of Other Days" If clones, wormholes, cloaking technology, brain implants, and the ability to alter the space-time continuum tend to rock-your-world - then this read/listen is for you. The unfortunate passing of Arthur C. Clarke marked the end of a science-fiction era of heyday popularity and futuristic envisioning. If there is another dimension available to this beloved carbon-based biped - I hope he has journeyed there and is happy discovering new mysteries of our universe.

    One has to wonder if Clarke ever progressed beyond his early obsession with ground-controlled approach radar. Without an instrument landing system or modern navigational capability one would be entering the unknown in a hazardous fashion, counting only on the guidance and accuracy of a ground-based air traffic controller. There are some similarities in the journey of the main characters in this novel, but, to avoid spoiling the plot I will end now.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    scott Columbia, Moldova, Republic of 11-11-15
    scott Columbia, Moldova, Republic of 11-11-15 Member Since 2015

    I live in Columbia Maryland not Columbia Moldova! I haven't turned into a Groucho Marx character yet.

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    "The end is worth the read."

    I found much of the novel pedestrian because touching on the nervous system, microphysics, anthropology, comparative religion, astronomy, information systems, etc. to be only a superficial survey of each subject.

    This may be why I didn't feel connected to any of the characters. The thin breath of the topics discussed combined with a much greater number of characters than is usually found in Arthur C. Clarke novel may account for the lack of character development.

    Having said having written this, I would also comment that the ending is a startling and surprising that is the trademark Clarke's novels. If the reader is willing to wade through a lack of character development the end is worth the wait.

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    Wes Athens, TX, USA 10-04-09
    Wes Athens, TX, USA 10-04-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful story of realistic future"

    I love this book! Recently I've been considering the possibility of using quantum wormholes for "seeing" the past - no need to actually go there when we can just look and learn all we want about distant times. So it was by chance I stumbled upon this book about just that subject. Clarke's writing is always a joy to follow and his consdierable sciantific insight was brough to bear on the subject. I found the story to be believable and rooted in the current knowledge of theoretical sciences. His characters were well rounded and added to the intrestingness of the story. And for me, the ending was superb! Although pure fiction, for now :), I found myself searching the bookstore for more information on wormholes and quantum theory. If you're into such subjects, whether fiction or nonfiction, this book will be an excellent read!

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    Donald 04-21-17
    Donald 04-21-17
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    "excellent. wish there was more"

    very imaginative good writing good performance the plot captures your imagination and does not let go

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    sirdroid Buffalo, NY 04-10-17
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    "always a great read"

    I've read the physical copy of this book a few times.
    a good mix of hard science and pure fiction, the story telling is very well done.
    it's a unique theory he explores, and imo he does it justice.

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    Daniel 02-23-17
    Daniel 02-23-17
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    "UNBELIEVABLY AWESOME"

    OH... DEAR... GOD...

    Life just wants to live on.

    Please go to the Three Body Problem trilogy.

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    ZroXorZ 10-13-16
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    "Wow"

    Simply amazing. Heavy science fiction with big, bold ideas. Like Gene Roddenberry's Star Trek, which some argue was the seed for our modern wireless communication devices, science fiction like this could very well plant the seeds that one day mature into world changing technological breakthroughs. I absolutely loved it and the journey it took me on.

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    Amazon Customer Mass. 05-23-16
    Amazon Customer Mass. 05-23-16 Member Since 2011

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    "this was a re-visit"

    and I had no idea how much the original reading many many years ago had impacted my life until I listened again. This book has transformed my life, subtly over the years. I highly recommend it.

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    SherryH 05-07-16
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    "Awesome"

    One of the best sci Fi novels I've read, and I've read a lot of them.

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    Maura Smith-Mitsky 07-11-15 Member Since 2011
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    "At the end, regressing through time following the mothers was like a religious experience."

    Good read. Excellent concepts. So scientific yet painfully human. The ending parts were the best.

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