The Light of Other Days

{4.5/5} “It was telling that these images, which would have been shockingly revealing just a few months ago, now blared multicolored in the middle of the afternoon from stands in the main street of this Mormon community, unregarded by almost everyone, young and old, children and churchgoers alike.”

The Light of Other Days by Arthur C. Clarke & Stephen Baxter, published in 2000

Hiram Patterson’s company has developed wormhole technology that allows him to see anywhere. He’s using it to get scoops for his news organization. The FBI finds out about it and Patterson makes a deal to let them use it in the public interest. Then his sons discover they can use the technology to look back in time.

It’s a bit slow getting started and it’s a bit science-y at times. It kicks up a notch about halfway through, when they start looking back in time.

It’s about the effects of new technology — on the legal system, politics, archaeology, religion, and on individuals. It’s about deep time — all our ancestors, and our descendants.

The ending is magnificent.

I’ve read 10 books by Clarke. I previously reviewed The Fountains of Paradise.

I’ve read 11 books by Baxter. I previously reviewed The Medusa Chronicles.

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