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Far into the future, humanity has conquered the challenge of deep space travl, traversing solar systems while terraforming worlds and increasing the reach of humanity. In one final push toward godhood, a scientist attempts to create a new intelligence by seeding a planet with a nanovirus that essentially speeds up evolution with the intention of landing apes there to be the test subjects. Pushback from people against the idea of humans as creators of sentience derails the project, sparking a massive civil war, and the monkeys never join the lower lifeforms already on the planet. 2,000 years later, the remnants of humanity that survived the war and the subsequent ice age leave the broken Earth en masse, looking for the lost worlds of their ancestors that may provide them with a new home. Little do they know that the nanovirus has been at work the whole time, creating an ecosystem of intelligent (and large) non-vertebrates with their own catalyzed histories, cultures, and mythologies. With the last remaining humans hell-bent on survival and the jumping-spider queens of the planet ready to defend their newfound consciousness to the death, a battle for the survival of the two species is inevitable. Incredible evolutionary and zoological insights set the stage for a beautifully imagined future that puts two species on a collision course that will leave them both irrevocably changed.

— From David's Picks


Adrian Tchaikovksy's award-winning novel Children of Time, is the epic story of humanity's battle for survival on a terraformed planet.

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 borne 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?span

About the Author

Adrian Tchaikovsky is the author of the acclaimed 10-book Shadows of the Apt series starting with Empire in Black and Gold published by Tor UK. His other works for Tor UK include standalone novels Guns of the Dawn and Children of Time (which won the Arthur C Clarke award in 2016) and the new series Echoes of the Fall starting with The Tiger and the Wolf (which won the Robert Holdstock award in 2017). His work has also been nominated for the David Gemmell Legend Award and the Starburst Brave New Words Award. He lives in Leeds in the UK and his hobbies include entomology and board and role-playing games.

Praise For…

"Children of Time is a joy from start to finish. Entertaining, smart, surprising and unexpectedly human."—Patrick Ness

"Brilliant science fiction and far out world building"—James McAvoy

"A refreshingly new take on post-dystopia civilizations, with the smartest evolutionary worldbuilding you'll ever read"
Peter F Hamilton

"A magnificently imaginative space opera."—B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

"Like a Stephen Baxter novel with an epic sweep of history (see his Evolution,
for example), added to a broad cast of a Peter Hamilton Space Opera and
the narrative drive of, say, a David Brin or a Greg Bear old style SF
novel, Children of Time soon got me hooked."SFF World

"Children of Time has that essence of the classic
science fiction novels, that sense of wonder and unfettered imagination
but combined with this is the charm of a writer who really knows how to
entertain, how to spin a good story. Essential science fiction, a book
not to be missed."
SF Book

"The novel's clever interrogation of the usual narrative of planetary conquest, and its thoughtful depiction of two alien civilisations attempting to understand each other, is an exemplar of classic widescreen science fiction."—New Scientist

"This is superior stuff, tackling big themes - gods, messiahs, artificial intelligence, alienness - with brio."
Financial Times

"An entertaining and thought provoking novel of post humanity, survival and legacy."—SF Signal

"Tchaikovsky's prose is superb, and his world-building was exceptional, brilliantly realized on the page, and both fascinating and original."—Civilian Reader

Product Details
ISBN: 9780316452502
ISBN-10: 0316452505
Publisher: Orbit
Publication Date: December 11th, 2018
Pages: 640
Language: English