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Firstborn

(2007)
(The third book in the Time Odyssey series)
A novel by

 
 
The Firstborn - the mysterious race of aliens who first became known to science fiction fans as the builders of the iconic black monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey - have inhabited legendary master of science fiction Sir Arthur C. Clarke's writing for decades. With Time's Eye and Sunstorm, the first two books in their acclaimed Time Odyssey series, Clarke and his brilliant co-author Stephen Baxter imagined a near-future in which the Firstborn seek to stop the advance of human civilization by employing a technology indistinguishable from magic.

Their first act was the Discontinuity, in which Earth was carved into sections from different eras of history, restitched into a patchwork world, and renamed Mir. Mir's inhabitants included such notables as Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan, and United Nations peacekeeper Bisesa Dutt. For reasons unknown to her, Bisesa entered into communication with an alien artifact of inscrutable purpose and godlike power - a power that eventually returned her to Earth. There, she played an instrumental role in humanity's race against time to stop a doomsday event: a massive solar storm triggered by the alien Firstborn designed to eradicate all life from the planet. That fate was averted at an inconceivable price. Now, twenty-seven years later, the Firstborn are back.

This time, they are pulling no punches: They have sent a “quantum bomb.” Speeding toward Earth, it is a device that human scientists can barely comprehend, that cannot be stopped or destroyed - and one that will obliterate Earth.

Bisesa's desperate quest for answers sends her first to Mars and then to Mir, which is itself threatened with extinction. The end seems inevitable. But as shocking new insights emerge into the nature of the Firstborn and their chilling plans for mankind, an unexpected ally appears from light-years away.

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Hardback Editions

May 2008 : UK Hardback
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Title: Firstborn: A Time Odyssey Book Three
Author(s): Sir Arthur C Clarke, Stephen Baxter
ISBN: 0-575-08340-9 / 978-0-575-08340-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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December 2007 : USA Hardback
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Title: Firstborn (Time Odyssey)
Author(s): Arthur C Clarke, Stephen Baxter
ISBN: 0-345-49157-2 / 978-0-345-49157-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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Paperback Editions

February 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Firstborn: A Time Odyssey Book Three
Author(s): Sir Arthur C Clarke, Stephen Baxter
ISBN: 0-575-08341-7 / 978-0-575-08341-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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October 2008 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Firstborn (A Time Odyssey)
Author(s): Arthur C Clarke, Stephen Baxter
ISBN: 0-345-49158-0 / 978-0-345-49158-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Del Rey
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May 2008 : UK Paperback
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Title: Firstborn: A Time Odyssey Book Three (Time Odyssey S.)
Author(s): Sir Arthur C Clarke, Stephen Baxter
ISBN: 0-575-08339-5 / 978-0-575-08339-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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Audio Editions

August 2012 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Firstborn (A Time Odyssey, Book 3)
Author(s): Stephen Baxter, Arthur C Clarke
ISBN: 1-4332-5243-0 / 978-1-4332-5243-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
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May 2011 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Firstborn (A Time Odyssey, Book 3)(Library Edition) (Time Odyssey (Blackstone Audio))
Author(s): Arthur C Clarke, Stephen Baxter
ISBN: 1-4332-5241-4 / 978-1-4332-5241-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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May 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Firstborn (A Time Odyssey, Book 3)(Library Edition) (Time Odyssey (Blackstone Audio))
Author(s): Arthur C Clarke, Stephen Baxter
ISBN: 1-4332-5242-2 / 978-1-4332-5242-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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May 2011 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Firstborn (A Time Odyssey, Book 3)
Author(s): Arthur C Clarke, Stephen Baxter
ISBN: 1-4332-5244-9 / 978-1-4332-5244-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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June 2008 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Firstborn: A Time Odyssey, Book 3
Author(s): Arthur C Clarke, Stephen Baxter
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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June 2008 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Firstborn: A Time Odyssey, Book 3
Author(s): Arthur C Clarke, Stephen Baxter
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon CA   


June 2008 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Firstborn: Time Odyssey, Book 3
Author(s): Arthur C Clarke, Stephen Baxter
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

July 2009 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Firstborn: A Time Odyssey Book Three
Author(s): Arthur C Clarke, Stephen Baxter
Publisher: Gateway
Availability: Amazon UK   


December 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Firstborn (Time Odyssey)
Author(s): Arthur C Clarke, Stephen Baxter
Publisher: Del Rey
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