Children of Time (novel)

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Children of Time is a 2015 science fiction novel by author Adrian Tchaikovsky.

The work was praised by the Financial Times for "tackling big themes—gods, messiahs, artificial intelligence, alienness—with brio."[1]

It was selected from a shortlist of six works and a total pool of 113 books to be awarded the Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction of the year in August 2016.[2][3] The director of the award program said that the novel has a "universal scale and sense of wonder reminiscent of Clarke himself."[4]

In July 2017, the rights had been optioned for a potential film adaptation.[5]

A sequel, Children of Ruin, was published in 2019.

Plot[edit]

The book's plot involves a planet inhabited by evolved spiders uplifted by human scientist Avrana Kern, and their much later discovery by the last humans alive in the universe.[6][7][8] The work plays off the contrast between the societal development of the spiders and the barbaric descent of the starship crew of the last humans.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lovegrove, James (July 3, 2015). "'Children of Time', by Adrian Tchaikovsky". FT.com. Nikkei Inc. Archived from the original on May 4, 2017. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  2. ^ "Adrian Tchaikovsky wins Arthur C Clarke Award for science fiction". BBC.com. British Broadcasting Corporation. August 25, 2016. Archived from the original on May 4, 2017. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  3. ^ Anders, Charlie Jane (April 27, 2016). "The Clarke Award Shortlist Includes Some Great Surprises". Gizmodo. Gizmodo Media Group / Univision. Archived from the original on May 4, 2017. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  4. ^ Flood, Alison (August 24, 2016). "Arthur C Clarke award goes to Adrian Tchaikovsky's novel of 'universal scale'". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Archived from the original on May 4, 2017. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  5. ^ Cowdrey, Katherine (July 19, 2017). "Pan Mac's Children of Time optioned for film". The Bookseller. Bookseller Media Ltd.
  6. ^ Gaschke, Susanne (February 28, 2017). "Wie Spinnen die Welt sehen" [How Spiders See the World]. Welt.de (in German). de:WeltN24. Archived from the original on May 4, 2017. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  7. ^ Pearson, Gwen (June 17, 2016). "Bugging Out: The Must-Read Insect Books of the Summer". Wired.com. Conde Nast. Archived from the original on May 4, 2017. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  8. ^ Quach, Katyanna (August 25, 2016). "Arthur C Clarke award won by Adrian Tchaikovsky: Children of Time features talking space spiders". TheRegister.com. Situation Publishing. Archived from the original on May 4, 2017. Retrieved May 3, 2017.
  9. ^ Quach, Katyanna (August 25, 2016). "Tale of world of supersmart spiders takes Clarke SF award". New Scientist. Reed Business Information. Archived from the original on May 4, 2017. Retrieved May 3, 2017.