5.0 out of 5 stars If you like to think, this book is for you.
This book was excellent. I am a long time fan of Arthur C. Clarke and a fan of Stephen Baxter. I was surprised that some reviewers thought it was such a grim perspective on the future of Humanity. I thought it was very positive and thought provoking
Published on May 19 2004 by Emily Braun
2.0 out of 5 stars A disapointment
A brilliant idea for a novel but sadly lacking Clarke's usual genius, my guess is that this is far more Baxter's work then Clarke's. The story limps along, heavily padded out by speculations on the impact of the technology on civilisation, all very interesting but the story-line gets swamped in it. For the first time in my life I struggled to keep with a Clarke fantasy,...
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2.0 out of 5 stars A disapointment,
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This review is from: The Light of Other Days (Paperback)A brilliant idea for a novel but sadly lacking Clarke's usual genius, my guess is that this is far more Baxter's work then Clarke's. The story limps along, heavily padded out by speculations on the impact of the technology on civilisation, all very interesting but the story-line gets swamped in it. For the first time in my life I struggled to keep with a Clarke fantasy, at no point did I find myself immersed in the story.
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting ideas,
This review is from: LIGHT OF OTHER DAYS (Hardcover)I picked this book up because of Arthur C. Clarke, and it is my first time reading Stephen Baxter. I thoroughly enjoyed it. The exploration of how society reacts when all privacy is absolutely stripped away, and when all of Earth's history - back to the first life form - is available for everyone to see with 100% accuracy, could have been explored at greater length. "True biographies" of famous people such as Jesus and Abraham Lincoln are obtained with the WormCam technology, and found to be significantly different from what is widely believed. I found the book somewhat predictable, but the ideas were engaging.
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like to think, this book is for you.,
This review is from: LIGHT OF OTHER DAYS (Hardcover)This book was excellent. I am a long time fan of Arthur C. Clarke and a fan of Stephen Baxter. I was surprised that some reviewers thought it was such a grim perspective on the future of Humanity. I thought it was very positive and thought provoking
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing,
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This review is from: The Light of Other Days (Mass Market Paperback)The Light Of Other Days, by Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen Baxter (though by the style of writing, it appears Clarke had little input outside of the basic concept), was sadly a tremendous disappointment.
The premise is simple: In the near future, scientists discover how to generate tiny wormholes that can peer anyplace, anytime - even into the past. They are cameras of unlimited and unstoppable power. Naturally, society must adapt to this great change.
The idea of scientists being able to unravel the past makes for a great story that could really touch on some fantastic issues. Filled with promise, it fell flat. The themes and situations that could have been explored were barely touched on. What could have been thought provoking was instead a gigantic let down. It wasn't even worth it for the revelation near the end, which was interesting but anti-climatic in much the same way as "Clarke's" Rama sequels were.
The story touched on privacy issues and other such concerns, because the device central to the plot acts as a kind of remote camera, able to see anywhere and everything, but that theme is badly managed and poorly handled. An underground society that arises is painted half-heartedly, and the paranoia of those gripping with this changed world does not come across.
Even the writing is less than gripping, often slow and boring. The characters are stale, the prose sloppy. Both men are better writers than this.
Fans of either author would do well to save their money.
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, couldn't put it down!,
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This review is from: LIGHT OF OTHER DAYS (Hardcover)I don't know whats wrong with that JRH fella below...but he is way off base. This book is about a boy and a girl who like to eat cheese. Sometimes they buy swiss but mostly it's just cheddar. The climax really choked me up - can't go into details because I don't want to spoil it for you but OMG!!111
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a great story, but a very intriguing concept,
This review is from: LIGHT OF OTHER DAYS (Hardcover)I had read the Rama series by Arthur C. Clarke, and liked the sequels which had been co-authored with Gentry Lee than the original which Clarke wrote himself, as well as Manifold: Time, by Stephen Baxter, which I hated, so I wasn't sure I would like this book. But it was highly recommended by a co-worker and the subject sounded interesting enough that I gave it a try.
The concept was everything that I had hoped for with the invention of the WormCam and the fall-out from their use. The implications regarding privacy, honesty, history and religion were all very intersting to consider and were presented well in the book. Where I thought the story was lacking was in the more focused plot involving the inventor of the WormCam and his family. That story wasn't terribly interesting, and the characters were all fairly shallow and I didn't care too much about what happened to them. I was also a little annoyed that the authors didn't seem to know when the Colosseum was built, as it appears in the story around 40 years before it existed. There were also some othe minor things that annoyed me, such as how quickly the breakthroughs were made in the WormCam development, and also some of the more practical aspects of using the WormCam that weren't explained well. Like, for example, if someone is walking around "in the past" using his WormCam, how does he avoid walking into walls in the present? Overall, however, I thought the concept of the WormCam was interesting enough to overshadow the other problems, and it's capped off with a very well done ending that ties everything up pretty well.
I would recommend this book even if you don't necessarily like the authors because of the interesting subject, and if you are a fan of Clarke or Baxter, then you will probably enjoy it that much more.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another amazing story by two giants of science fiction,
This review is from: LIGHT OF OTHER DAYS (Hardcover)This is one of those rare science fiction books that combine hard science fiction with philosophy in a well-paced and entertaining plot. But then, what would you expect when two masters of the field combine their considerable talents?
The Light of Other Days revolves around the development of microscopic worm holes, and the resulting ability to ingest light from their surroundings. The enterprising developers soon create "WormCams," and society shutters under a complete loss of privacy. Then, just as people start to come to grips with their new "public" life, another shock is unleashed. The WormCam's developers discover a way to see back in time, hence the book's title.
The Light of Other days is a wonderful read, and the surprise ending is very gratifying.
--David Hitchcock, author, VIRTUAL LIFE and PATENT SEARCHING MADE EASY
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Science Fiction,
This review is from: The Light of Other Days (Mass Market Paperback)This book is what science fiction is all about melding the science of tomorrow with an exciting fictional story.
This one of those rare science fiction book that makes you think even long after you finish reading it. The more we learn about quantum physics the less that seems undoable or unimaginable. This book looks at the issue of time travel in a whole new light.
It also deals with the social impacts of technology. Today you see teens dealing with life much differently than the generations before them. This book does a great job of showing the potential social impacts of a technology that lets people see all.
I'm a bit biased Clarke fan, having enjoyed all his works I've read thusfar. This book continues the run. I strongly recommend you give this book a read.
Though I haven't read it yet (it wasn't quite out when I wrote this review) you may want to also look at the next book these two fine authors have written Time's Eye.
4.0 out of 5 stars Chicken Soup For The Brain,
This review is from: LIGHT OF OTHER DAYS (Hardcover)This was a well executed concept. Clarke and Baxter do an excellent job exploring the social, cultural, and political consequences of life-changing techology.
The reason for four instead of five stars: the characters, as with many works of sci-fi, are extremely flat and static. I didn't really care about them. Also, for anyone with a modest background in Quantum Mechanics, the science behind the invention will seem rather transparent, i.e. too farfetched to be plausible.
BUT, the end of the novel is very satisfying. The concepts and propositions explored are absolutely fascinating. If you're a deep thinker--one of those people who loves to ponder the Big Questions--you will undoubtedly enjoy this.
4.0 out of 5 stars Great,, with Misgivings.,
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This review is from: LIGHT OF OTHER DAYS (Hardcover)The science extrapolations are phenomenal, but unlike some of the other reviewers, I found the foundational theories in the early chapters too vague to be plausible.
Also, although I do not fear to question religion, experience has made me a mystic. Clearly Jesus was a mystic, as well as Mohammed and numerous others. I wonder why the authors did not explore Mohammed. (I doubt they were honoring his adamant demand that no likenesses be made of him and that no one re-enact him.) Speculation on the Vedas could have been fodder, too.
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