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  • Posted October 14, 2010

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    Technofiction review of End of Eternity

    End of Eternity is a little-recognized Asimov gem. It's old, it's obscure, but it's a great read. It was written in 1955, near the end of his first SF writing time, and it's first noticeable charm is his depiction of the relations between men, computers and information - this book tells well how people of the mid-1950's thought about these things, and it's surprisingly different from how we think about these things in the 2010's. The story setting is the second charm. This is a time-travel story, but Asimov delightfully sidesteps most of the cleche's of time travel stories - it's not about interfering with a famous historical event, it's not about some hero or small team getting trapped in a strange time, it's not about some evil overlord conspiring to rule the universe through controlling time. The setting is the existence of an alternate dimension that sits outside of time - Eternity -- and this dimension can be used to physically travel from one place in time to another - think of a really long subway with stations at each century of real existence. Within this Eternity setting lives a monkish society - the Eternals - who watch the real universe and busy themselves with tweaking it to make life better for all of humanity - something they call making a Reality Change. This reality changing they do is very altruistic, but very secret. Their "cover" is temporal trade - they move goods between the centuries. The third charm is telling about this setting as a love story. We follow the adventures of Harlan, a Time Technician, as he falls in love with Noys - something Eternals aren't supposed to do. His love makes him do crazy things, which he also isn't supposed to do - no surprise there. But Asimov has his impetuousness become key to the existence of Eternity itself! The last third of the book is a combination of resolving how Harlan's actions will save or end Eternity mixed in with philosophic considerations about roles of free will, social planning, evolution, and human advancement. Heady stuff, and well handled. All-in-all, End of Eternity, in spite of being fifty-year-old science fiction, is still a fun story. I heartily recommend it.

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  • Posted December 21, 2012

    Probably the best novel by Asimov tied with The Foundation. Must

    Probably the best novel by Asimov tied with The Foundation. Must read!

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  • Posted September 23, 2012

    So far ahead of his time. Some people believe that this book is

    So far ahead of his time. Some people believe that this book is a precursor to his "Foundation" series although there is nothing explicit to nail down that fact.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Way ahead of its time!

    A great read!

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  • Posted July 26, 2011

    Amazing read

    Very entertaining book.

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  • Posted June 19, 2011

    Great novel

    Great piece of work, 60 years later still amazing

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