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The Chronoliths - Robert Charles Wilson
The Chronoliths
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Scott Warden is a man haunted by the past-and soon to be haunted by the future. In early twenty-first-century Thailand, Scott is an expatriate slacker. Then, one day, he inadvertently witnesses an impossible event: the violent appearance of a 200-foot stone pillar in the forested interior. Its... show more
Scott Warden is a man haunted by the past-and soon to be haunted by the future. In early twenty-first-century Thailand, Scott is an expatriate slacker. Then, one day, he inadvertently witnesses an impossible event: the violent appearance of a 200-foot stone pillar in the forested interior. Its arrival collapses trees for a quarter mile around its base, freezing ice out of the air and emitting a burst of ionizing radiation. It appears to be composed of an exotic form of matter. And the inscription chiseled into it commemorates a military victory—sixteen years in the future.Shortly afterwards, another, larger pillar arrives in the center of Bangkok-obliterating the city and killing thousands. Over the next several years, human society is transformed by these mysterious arrivals from, seemingly, our own near future. Who is the warlord "Kuin" whose victories they note? Scott wants only to rebuild his life. But some strange loop of causality keeps drawing him in, to the central mystery and a final battle with the future. The Chronoliths is a 2002 Hugo Award Nominee for Best Novel and the winner of the 2002 John W. Campbell Memorial Award.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780812545241 (0812545249)
Publisher: Tor Science Fiction
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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Squee
Squee rated it
2.0 The Chronoliths
This book had a fascinating premise and some nice mystery building up. Unfortunately, the main character's link to the premise and mystery was flimsy and there wasn't much resolution. Also: lots of women getting hurt as plot device for men to angst over (particularly the daughter) in this one. I exp...
Only the good stuff
Only the good stuff rated it
4.0 The Chronoliths
A weak ending did not spoil the excellent story. It is more modern day drama than scientific fiction, but a good story never-the-less.Robert Charles Wilson writes very well. I stopped reading a few times just to admire a clever turn of phrase.
Nancy
Nancy rated it
4.0 The Chronoliths
A good solid read, but a little too much family drama for my liking. I enjoyed Darwinia and Spin much more.
futurista
futurista rated it
2.0 The Chronoliths
I may be over my Robert Charles Wilson kick after this book. I found it boring, and it ultimately went nowhere. *sigh*
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3.0 Chronoliths
This book is a bit of a hard sci-fi with political (and even religious) overtones, but the great thing about this book is that "our hero" is not really at the center of things, but is rather giving his perspective of what is going on from just off of center - he is familiar with the people most deep...
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