Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

Children of Time

A race for survival among the stars... Humanity's last survivors escaped earth's ruins to find a new home. But when they find it, can their desperation overcome its dangers?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...

Details Children of Time

TitleChildren of Time
Release DateJun 4th, 2015
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Space, Space Opera

Reviews Children of Time

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    Holy guacamole! This book rocked! I had a feeling I would like this book but hells bells, I had no idea how much I would love it. You have Earth that is pretty much going to pot, then goes to pot because of some stuff. Then people wake up a million years later on their ships. Well, okay not a million but still. So there is space! There is a new planet that continued to make itself from the start of terra forming many years ago < -- I don't think ...
  • Bradley
    There's something wildly giddy welling up within me, and I blame it entirely on this book.There have been a couple of brilliant SF titles to come out this year and I would swear belong on the Hugo list, and this is yet one more. Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora was one, as was Scott Hawkins's The Library at Mount Char, but if I had to break down the individual merits of each, I might wind up saying that this one deserves it the most. For pure SF, it...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    This was such an interesting read!If you're looking for a different take on the whole alien thing... try this book. I never thought I would end up rooting for spiders... but I did!
  • Carol.
    Sympathetic spiders? Inconceivable!–I do not think that word means what you think it means–Nope, in this case, it pretty much does. It's not that I have a spider-phobia--I like to think we have a truce regarding squishing and biting--it's that something about their structure and movement speaks to a primeval instinct to run away. Children of Time popped up in friend reviews, but I'll be honest--it wasn't until I realized there were giant spi...
  • Petrik
    Smart and imaginative, highly recommended for everyone who loves Sci-Fi and not recommended for anyone with arachnophobia.Children of Time is Adrian Tchaikovsky’s first Sci-Fi and also my first experience with his work. This is a highly praised book, it won Arthur C. Clarke Award for Best Novel in 2016 and most likely, will be 5 stars read for anyone who has never read anything like it. Plus, for even more praise, the film rights to the book ha...
  • Philip
    5ish stars. An unqualified masterpiece. This is some of the smartest, most exciting, and most imaginative fiction I've read in a long time. It's grand, expansive, and both character-driven and plot-driven.Uplifted spiders. So cool and creative. The evolution of the Portias and their clusters is endlessly compelling. The journey that the humans take over the millennia, if not as thrilling, is dramatic in its buildup to the inevitable convergence o...
  • Dana Ilie
    Children of Time’ is one of those books one devours obsessively and then mourns once it’s finished. Yes, ‘Children of Time’ is that good.The author acknowledges our implicit arachnophobia and then very cleverly turns it on its head; indeed, after a while you kind of forget that these characters are spiders at all, even when they get stuck in to very spiderish behaviour. Their cities, for example, are great forests festooned with web compl...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum of Time was my first novel by this author, and wow, what a way to start my initiation into the Adrian Tchaikovsky fan club! I have never read anything quite like this book before, and I have to say the praise it’s gotten has been well deserved. I just loved this.First of all we have this incredible story, which has everything in place for a space opera of the gra...
  • Phrynne
    What a beautiful book. Six hundred totally absorbing pages. One of the best Science Fiction books I have ever read. Not being particularly coherent here but let me say again it is very, very good.It shows mankind at its worst - I would not have cared if the last human being in the universe had died at the end. I hate spiders but was converted to the sentient kind and I was cheering them on as they grew smarter and smarter. I could not imagine how...
  • Robyn
    Five stars because this puppy had me rooting for arachnids. Five stars for carefully crafted characters, humans and otherwise alike. Five stars because of the incredible, millennia- spanning plot. Five stars because of that ENDING! Not what I expected and so satisfying.
  • Mayim de Vries
    “We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.”Professor Stephen Hawking”What have you done with my monkeys?”Doctor Avrana KernI do not sci-fi that much but when I do, I do it only with books that make me cheer for spiders.Adrian Tchaikovsky is famous for infusing his books with themes and motives related to his interests. He stu...
  • Apatt
    “Children of Time: Winner of the 2016 Arthur C. Clarke Award”. Most cumbersome book title ever (this is the full title of the edition I bought). Why did the publisher have to tag the award thing on the book’s original title? Fortunately, on the bright side, this is my only complaint about this book!This book takes David Brin’s “uplift” concept and really runs with it. In Brin’s popular Uplift series, humanity have used technology t...
  • Choko
    *** 4.65 *** "... ““You can never know. That is the problem with ignorance. You can never truly know the extent of what you are ignorant about.” ... I wanted to read this book only because it was recommended to me by a friend. I never expected to love it so much, despite never having read anything by the author. Boy am I glad I read it! I was raised on Science Fiction and Fantasy. Every week my family would receive in the mail the newest Sc...
  • Algernon
    This is the future.This is where mankind takes its next step.This is where we become gods. Science has given mankind the tools to travel to distant stars, to terraform their planets and to play with the building blocks of life : genetics.It sounds like a dream come true, an utopian future in which everything is possible.In practice, the deployment of miraculous scientific discoveries from the laboratory to the real world is fraught with the same ...
  • Emma
    I have really struggled with this book. Really the only science fiction I tend to like is character driven so I was up against it from the start! I've always thought that insect and deep sea creatures have much potential as horror/ monster elements in a story. The look of them close up is just as awful as anything fictitious- it's only that, in the case of insects, they're small and in the case of deep- sea creatures, far down and away, that save...
  • Kaitlin
    This book is one I have meant to get to for quite a while, but I must admit, I knew it was about Spiders and I reaaaaally don't like them so I let that put me off for quite a while. However, after reading and loving Guns of Dawn by Tchaikovsky earlier in August I decided I would pick this one up...and I am glad!This story is told fro three main PoVs. At the start of the book we're following a scientist who is working on a terraforming project on ...
  • Trish
    I had this book on my shelf for a long time. I like scifi in generational, but especially deep space explorations of the last humans (usually on board a generational ship) are one of my favourite topics. That plus the green cover drew me in and made me buy it bac then, but it wasn't until now (a buddy-read with the group) that I finally picked it up. Had I known what was to await me between the pages ... I could smack myself for not reading this ...
  • Justine
    An absolutely brilliant and fantastically imaginative piece of science fiction. This is one of the best books I've read this year.
  • Scott Hitchcock
    I read my first Adrian Tchaikovsky book earlier this month Guns of the Dawn. It was an easy 5* for me. I decided to take this on next since the two subject matters could not be more different. While the first book made my 5* shelf this book blew me away and made my special beyond 5* shelf taking it's place among the elite books of my stack. For a book to be this great it has to tick some boxes for me. Did it elicit empathy? Check. Not only did it...
  • Lata
    I loved this book! It's got an arrogant and brilliant scientist (Doctor Avrana Kern), an ark ship full of desperate humans, who are a remainder of a dead Earth looking for a new planet, a deadly AI guardian/god, and an amazing bunch of spiders.I think it takes some skill for an author to get past my automatic heebie jeebie response to spiders and instead have me cheering their every little development, and worrying at their every setback. I liked...
  • Claudia
    Hard science fiction = a category of science fiction characterized by an emphasis on scientific accuracy or technical detail or both. Just to be sure what are we talking about.The detailed info about Portia, the jumping spider and Scytodes, the spitting spider are as accurate as they can be, no doubt here. In fact, there is an entire chapter at the beginning with characterizations of both species, which is, after all, fascinating, but non-fiction...
  • Basia
    What an adventure!My, my. This one is not easy to write about, no it's not. It came out the same year that Mount Char literally MOVED me. I mean, upon finishing it, it felt like someone had picked me up, and then dropped me, that's how intense the book was for me ... continues to be so, still. It was also the year The Fifth Season entered my life. This book? Children of Time? It passed me by somehow ... until now. :)This book. It feels like readi...
  • Paul O'Neill
    What a fantastic read. Truly creative. Sentient spiders anyone?Highly recommended and the best sci-fi book I've ever read.
  • Ɗẳɳ 2.☊
    Ah, who am I kidding? I actually read this thing weeks ago. Not a fan, sorry Carol. I may elaborate further, if I ever attempt to catch up on reviews.
  • Monica
    What can you say about a book that spans eons, traverses across the galaxies, has no likeable human characters, and has a very cynical view of mankind? In my view you say "Brilliant!!" This one for me pushed all the buttons. There was a sense of wonder and creativity and empathy and social commentary and of course some humor (though sparse) and TALK about a different perspective!! I loved this!! It was packed with reminders for me as to why I gra...
  • Seán
    "This is us."One of the more interesting and well-executed sci-fi ideas, Children of Time offers a truly epic tale which packs an unexpected emotional punch. The writing is at times dry and textbook-like, but this is balanced with moments of such raw emotion that I can easily forgive this. The clinical writing serves to make the alien 'alien', but Tchaikovsky finds ways to flip this instantly, letting us see ourselves in something other in moment...
  • Andreas
    Copy from my blogSynopsisEarth was dying long ago in war and pollution. A scientific mission terraformed a couple of planets, one of them with the target to uprise monkeys in a closed environment using nanocytes. The experiment went wrong and right at the same time: The monkeys never landed, but the nanocytes formed other lifeforms on the planet – spiders, ants, and beetles. The novel follows the accelerated rise of their cultures through exemp...
  • Melissa (Mel’s Bookshelf)
    Don't you love those years where you think that you have read the best books of the year already, and then in December one book comes along and BLOWS THEM ALL OUT OF THE WATER!!!! Its difficult to condense this extraordinary tale that spans thousands of years, into a single paragraph. Also, I don't want to give anything away because it will spoil it. So ill be as simple, and as vague as possible. Humans go out of the solar system to colonise othe...
  • Gary
    Children of Time finds the last survivors of the war-ravaged human race travelling through space on an ark ship, seeking out planets that had been terraformed for human habitation by a long dead interstellar empire. Eventually they find what should be a perfect home; except it is defended by an insane AI whose scientist forbear had inadvertently uplifted the planet's spider population to sentience.From this whacked out setup (which I fully admit ...
  • Lindsay
    An amazing novel following the evolution of a completely different sort of civilization and technology and its interactions with the last desperate elements of our own.A mad genius scientist at the pinnacle of Humanity's progression towards the stars claims the first terraformed planet for an ambitious experiment in nanotech uplift on monkeys. Just as her experiment is about to begin civilization itself implodes in an ideologically driven conflic...