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Children of time por Adrian Tchaikovsky
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Children of time (edição 2015)

por Adrian Tchaikovsky

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Who will inherit this new earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors they discover the greatest treasure of the past age--a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden. In the long years since the planet was abandoned, the work of its architects has born disastrous fruit. The planet is not waiting for them, pristine and unoccupied. New masters have turned it from a refuge into mankind's worst nightmare. Now two civilizations are on a collision course, both testing the boundaries of what they will do to survive. As the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, who are the true heirs of this new Earth?… (mais)
Membro:Kendrik
Título:Children of time
Autores:Adrian Tchaikovsky
Informação:London : Tor, 2015.
Colecções:A sua biblioteca
Avaliação:*****
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Children of Time por Adrian Tchaikovsky

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Terraforming, human space arks, and cannibal sex among hyper intelligent spiders in a matriarchal society. This book seriously SLAPS.

This was some of the most inventive sci-fi I've read in a long time, filled with very memorable scenes and unique biotechnologies that might if an insect species became the prevailing form of intelligent life on an earth-like planet. Loved the subversion of so many sci-fi tropes, ( )
  jiyoungh | May 3, 2021 |
One of the few books I gave 5 stars. This book has almost everything I wanted from a sci-fi novel. Good character development, good plot and good alien point of view. ( )
  FirstSpeaker | Apr 16, 2021 |
A beautiful, epic science fiction ride.

I loved the author's take on an alternative evolution. I loved the successive societies. I loved how beautifully he integrates an alternate sensory system! Stuff like this is so rare - its not just one exceptional individual but an entire society that functions in a different way from humans.

The long voyages and the epic timescale had me thinking of Alastair Reynolds.

I also loved the ending. I was hoping for an ending that stepped outside conflict and that was beautifully done. ( )
  Andorion | Feb 6, 2021 |
Yeah, it was very well written, original, and earned its awards. But it's also one of the most depressing books I've read in years. So be sure you're in the mood for adowner about how human beings suck, and how everything we touch is destined to end in senseless violence. ( )
  Musaib03 | Jan 28, 2021 |
What an adventure! And all in one thick tome, so no worries about an unfinished story.

Mankind's time on Earth is up: After centuries of evolution, building up societies, trade, warfare, exterminating each other and other species, destroying the environment, ... until it was no longer possible to live on the blue planet. Hence escaping into space to seek a new home.

Prior to this all, an experiment was tried: sending monkeys (who were injected with a nano-virus) out as test material to a terraformed planet (which is already inhabited by other creatures), to see if civilisation could be rebuild through the uplifting of animals (i.e. through that virus). One Doctor Avrana Kern, who was in charge of the project made sure to follow things up very meticulously; she's also very adamant that no one interferes with her project ("Don't you dare interfere or I will destroy you!"). But then something goes wrong - something always goes wrong, otherwise you don't have an exciting story. Avrana Kern manages to flee and still supervise her project and be in touch with the creatures over there. However, there's a last ship (Gilgamesh) with human cargo, so to speak/write, that seeks a new harbour, a new home. And the green planet is the only and best option. But little do they know about the life already thriving on that planet and Kern's involvement.

And now, some spoiling, minor and major:
The new planet harbours other species already, several of which have been touched by the virus. So you get uplifted spiders, ants, beetles, stoma-pods, ... They live happily together. No, they don't. As time progresses and new generations are born (Adrian mainly focussing on the spiders, of the Portia labiata species), it's the spiders that dominate the world and have managed to submit the ants and beetles to do their bidding. So, no extermination (which did happen in the beginning), but considering how other species can be put to use in their (the spiders') view of society and life. How did each generation manage to do better than the previous one? By genetically passing on the Understandings - what they know about their world - and the virus.

But here too, in the spider colonies, a sort of religion comes into existence. In fact, there's an entire, structured civilisation with engineers, soldiers, construction workers, and so on. And they have radio!
Also, contrary to mankind, where man dominates woman, it's the females who fulfil the important, leading roles and call the shots. This works for several generations, until one of the more intelligent males (Fabian) stands up for his sex and demands more respect for males, more equality. As he doesn't get that at first, he decides to flee and work out his plan in another colony.

Meanwhile in space, another spaceship, carrying the last humans, is heading for the green planet. but Dr. Kern won't have it, fears her project will be endangered, because humans are scum; proof of which: Earth has been destroyed. As the crew of Guyen (commander), Karst (security), Lain (engineering), Mason Holsten (classicist / historian), Vitas and others tries to land a first time - because of internal mutiny with hostages -, it doesn't take long before the ship returns to space: the welcoming by the spiders isn't liked by all and Avrana Kern meanwhile tried to sabotage the Gilgamesh (the spaceship commanded by Guyen, who sees himself as the saviour of mankind, leading to a growing ego). However, and I found it a little strange that no further news was given, one of the mutineers is left behind and flees the welcoming committee on the green planet. What becomes of her is unknown, although I think this is divulged somewhere towards the end.

As the story spans several thousands of years - to survive, there are the special sleeping coffins - you can imagine that the human cargo doesn't sit still. They procreate, if only because the current generation won't live forever and someone must keep the ship going; other offspring is kept into special deep-freezers, to be "woken up" at a later time and when needed. Also, when living so long together in the same ship, there must be a certain hierarchy, but as Guyen saw himself as the saviour of mankind, and new generations seeing him in that way, he proceeds to be able to upload himself into the Gilgamesh's computers, so he can control it all without worries. He's come at a very old age, all the more reason for him to realise his "wet dream". His colleagues obviously have every reason to object and will try to do so with any means necessary, although it will be hard.

What is unexpected, is that at least two of the original characters (Mason and Lain) have to save the day in the end. You would almost feel sorry for them, that they had to carry this heavy responsibility. Prior to this all, however, there was a heavy fight in space between the spiders and our human crew. Avrana Kern, whose divine position came to a halt at some point, informed the uplifted spiders about the approaching Gilgamesh and the history of mankind, by which she continued to try to hold off human intervention. The spiders hold their ground, eventually manage to install peace between the humans and the creatures on the terraformed, green planet. For generations to come.


Mr. Tchaikovsky managed to use a very nice prose... with the occasional profanity, but that also made the story and dialogues more lively, considering the situation the spaceship Gilgamesh was in. This stand-alone novel is well worked-out (world-building, interesting characters and what not), except for some details, but I guess those would have made the story a bit more tedious and long-winding. As it spans many thousands of years, you need to put your mind to it, to understand the scope. I agree with Brad's review, in that it reminds of the older/classic kind of science-fiction / space opera. The tackled issues of ethics, male-female relationship and hierarchy, religion vs science, ... well, everything combined, make this a very worth-while novel. Very much recommended!

A few similar (one way or another) stories, of which there are much more out there:
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[b:Alien Earth|2037610|Alien Earth|Megan Lindholm|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1408926924s/2037610.jpg|1590168] by [a:Megan Lindholm|53255|Megan Lindholm|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1205023699p2/53255.jpg] (my review)
[b:Cities in Flight|8390322|Cities in Flight (Cities in Flight, #1-4)|James Blish|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1348123320s/8390322.jpg|136770] by [a:James Blish|43625|James Blish|https://images.gr-assets.com/authors/1227585761p2/43625.jpg] (my review) ( )
  TechThing | Jan 22, 2021 |
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The concept of “uplift” has been around for a while; in this version, humans have destroyed Earth, and are making a last ditch effort to terraform a new home planet. The last stage of the terraforming includes uplifting some apes to serve as slaves for colonists via a nanovirus.

Alas for the humans, things do not go as planned. They accidentally create a planet of sentient spiders.
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Who will inherit this new earth? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors they discover the greatest treasure of the past age--a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden. In the long years since the planet was abandoned, the work of its architects has born disastrous fruit. The planet is not waiting for them, pristine and unoccupied. New masters have turned it from a refuge into mankind's worst nightmare. Now two civilizations are on a collision course, both testing the boundaries of what they will do to survive. As the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, who are the true heirs of this new Earth?

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