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
Country United States
Language English
Subject Retelling of Icarus' tale.
Genre Science fiction
Publisher Alfred A. Knopf
Publication date
Media type Print
Pages 34
ISBN 978-0307268884
Preceded by The Fabric of the Cosmos
Followed by The Hidden Reality

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 2015-11-27. 
  6. ^ "Icarus at the Edge of Time" Opens the 2012 World Science Festival, WNET, New York, May 21, 2012

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