End of Eternity

End of Eternity

by Isaac Asimov
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Overview

End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov

One of Isaac Asimov’s SF masterpieces, this stand-alone novel is a monument of the flowering of SF in the twentieth century. It is widely regarded as Asimov’s single best SF novel.

 

Andrew Harlan is an Eternal, a member of the elite of the future. One of the few who live in Eternity, a location outside of place and time, Harlan’s job is to create carefully controlled and enacted Reality Changes. These Changes are small, exactingly calculated shifts in the course of history, made for the benefit of humankind. Though each Change has been made for the greater good, there are also always costs.

 

During one of his assignments, Harlan meets and falls in love with Noÿs Lambent, a woman who lives in real time and space. Then Harlan learns that Noÿs will cease to exist after the next Change, and he risks everything to sneak her into Eternity.

Unfortunately, they are caught. Harlan’s punishment? His next assignment: Kill the woman he loves before the paradox they have created results in the destruction of Eternity.\

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780765319180
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 01/05/2010
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 255
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Isaac Asimov lived in Boston and in New York City most of his life. He died in 1992 at the age of seventy-two.

Date of Birth:

January 20, 1920

Date of Death:

April 6, 1992

Place of Birth:

Petrovichi, Russia

Place of Death:

New York, New York

Education:

Columbia University, B.S. in chemistry, 1939; M.A. in chemistry, 1941; Ph.D. in biochemistry, 1948

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Cyreenik More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous 11 days ago
Great time story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As always, Asimov's knocks it out of the park
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simoA More than 1 year ago
Probably the best novel by Asimov tied with The Foundation. Must read!
Hammylink More than 1 year ago
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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A great read!
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Nhia Yang More than 1 year ago
Very entertaining book.
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Mohammed Gaber More than 1 year ago
Great piece of work, 60 years later still amazing
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