Icarus at the Edge of Time

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Icarus at the Edge of Time
Icarus at the Edge of Time - bookcover.jpg
Hardcover edition
Author Brian Greene
Language English
Genre Science fiction
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 34
ISBN 0-307-26888-8
Preceded by The Fabric of the Cosmos: Space, Time, and the Texture of Reality
Followed by The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos

Icarus at the Edge of Time is a 2008 novella by physicist Brian Greene, illustrated by Chip Kidd with images from the Hubble Space Telescope.

Plot introduction[edit]

The book is a science fiction retelling of Icarus' tale. It is about a young man who runs away from his traveling, deep-space home to explore a black hole.


Publishers Weekly review said, "Attractive on the shelf as both contemporary and science-focused, it is exactly what the author is trying to accomplish with his re-told fable, as well as a fine treatment of already beautiful imagery; not a lot of pushing and pulling is needed."[1] A Trashotron review said, "fiction space opera as well as a new kind of children's book. It really does hold up with an appeal for anyone who is interested in science, storytelling or fathers and sons. That might add up to a sizable audience. They'll be well-rewarded, and it's good that the book can withstand multiple readings. It will get read and re-read; it is, after all, a myth."[2] Booklist in their review called the novel "clever, charming, and mind-expanding, the perfect vehicle for conveying the astonishingly supple nature of space, time, and the human mind." [3]

Film adaptation[edit]

In 2010 Icarus at the Edge of Time was made into a film by British filmmakers AL and AL.[4][5] It was written by physicist Brian Greene and playwright David Henry Hwang, with a score by Philip Glass, and narrated by LeVar Burton.[6]


  1. ^ "Jackets Required: Icarus at the Edge of Time". Fwis. Publishers Weekly. August 8, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-29. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Icarus At the Edge of Time". Rick Kleffel. Trashotron. August 28, 2008. Retrieved 2008-10-29. 
  3. ^ Seaman, Donna (August 1, 2008). "Icarus at the Edge of Time". Booklist 105 (1): 48. 
  4. ^ "Icarus at the Edge of Time". See Further Festival. July 3, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-11. 
  5. ^ "Icarus at the Edge of Time". World Science Festival. June 6, 2010. Retrieved 2010-07-11. 
  6. ^ "Icarus at the Edge of Time" Opens the 2012 World Science Festival, WNET, New York, May 21, 2012

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