The End of Eternity by Isaac Asimov

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One of Isaac Asimov’s SF masterpieces, this stand-alone novel is a monument of the flowering of SF in the twentieth century. It is widely regarded as Asimov’s single best SF novel.

 

Andrew Harlan is an Eternal, a member of the elite of the future. One of the few who live in Eternity, a location outside of place and time, Harlan’s job is to create carefully controlled and enacted Reality Changes. These Changes are small, exactingly calculated shifts in the course of history, made for the benefit of humankind. Though each Change has been made for the greater good, there are also always costs.

 

During one of his assignments, Harlan meets and falls in love with Noÿs Lambent, a woman who lives in real time and space. Then Harlan learns that Noÿs will cease to exist after the next Change, and he risks everything to sneak her into Eternity.

Unfortunately, they are caught. Harlan’s punishment? His next assignment: Kill the woman he loves before the paradox they have created results in the destruction of Eternity.

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About Isaac Asimov

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Isaac Asimov began his Foundation Series at the age of twenty-one, not realizing that it would one day be considered a cornerstone of science fiction. During his legendary career, Asimov penned over 470 books on subjects ranging from science to Shakespeare to history, though he was most loved for his award-winning science fiction sagas, which include the Robot, Empire, and Foundation series. Named a Grand Master of Science Fiction by the Science Fiction Writers of America, Asimov entertained and educated readers of all ages for close to five decasdes. He died, at age of seventy-two, in April 1992.
 
Published January 5, 2010 by Tor Books. 256 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Time theories set the story of Technician Harlan's journeys upwhen and down-when until he meets Noys Lambent who cracks his observer's objectivity.

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After years of being out of print, Isaac Asimov's The End of Eternity has been reissued. Now, a new generation of science-fiction readers can enjoy Asimov's obsessions with time travel and the very nature of the universe.

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Pajiba

The End of Eternity is seen through the eyes of Andrew Harlan, a time technician for the organization Eternity.

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SF Site

So too his sex scenes and love scenes are awkward (and the book does have a sex scene, albeit a very discreet one, despite Asimov's habit of joking that he didn't write about sex until he wrote about alien sex in The Gods Themselves): but 50s SF writers were rarely allowed much practice in that a...

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SF Signal

He works hard and resents how the others who work towards the changes they all make in history shun him as one who actually performs those changes.

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io9

If you have ever been a fan of science fiction, you cannot do better than to return to the works of Isaac Asimov, argues The Threepenny Review's Wendy Lesser in her review of Asimov's The End Of Eternity.

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Boomtron

Even though the entire book constitutes one big time travel extravaganza, you learn closer to the end that there is a more urgent time travel element that will determine the ultimate fate of the Eternals.

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SF Book Reviews

The first thing you wonder about with time travel stories is how you handle the obvious paradoxes, especially when it's not just one person skipping through time and trying to avoid trouble, but an entire society that meddles with time on a regular basis.

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