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Time's Eye, the first book in Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter's Time Odyssey duology -- a companion series of sorts to Clarke's seminal Space Odyssey saga (2001: A Space Odyssey, 2010: Odyssey Two, et al.) -- is set on an Earth that has been inexplicably rearranged into a patchwork of different historical time periods. In the blink of an eye, the planet and every living thing on it no longer exist on a single timeline: United Nations peacekeepers from the year 2037 inhabit the same continent as Genghis Khan's Mongol horde, Neanderthals, and sabre-tooth tigers!
As refugees stream toward Babylon, a military chess match like the Earth has never seen ensues -- Genghis Khan versus Alexander the Great. A young Rudyard Kipling sums it up: "Here I stand at the confluence of history, as mankind's two greatest generals join in combat, with the prize the destiny of a new world." But as what's left of civilization struggles to start anew, small, floating orbs are seen to spread out all over the globe. Are they the surveillance devices of some advanced race? The eyes of God? Or something more sinister?
Time's Eye has been praised as the "2001 for the new millennium." And while it may not have the sensational response that 2001: A Space Odyssey did when it was first released in 1968, this novel is just as ambitious and just as mind-blowing -- and hard-core fans of Clarke's original Odyssey will love all the references to the monolithic classic. Paul Goat Allen