[bksvol-discuss] Submitted: City At the End of Time by Greg Bear

  • From: "EVAN REESE" <mentat3@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <bookshare-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Feb 2010 17:28:37 -0500


I just put City At the End of Time by Greg Bear up on the Check Out page. As I 
mentioned in the Comments section of the Submission form, I read through the 
entire text, and I checked every word that Ranked Spelling listed. All page 
breaks are accounted for, and there are no split paragraphs. I can't be quite 
as confident that there are no merged paragraphs, but I am certain that there 
are very few.

While I do not think it was a complete success, I enjoyed the book overall. It 
was good to see Bear doing the kind of more ambitious work he was doing earlier 
in his career.

The synopsis from inside flaps is below. I wrote a short synopsis, however I'm 
not sure I can do justice to the book in such a short space. Feel free to 
improve it if you think you can.

Any questions, write to:


My email address is also in the Comments section of the Submission form.

[from inside flaps]

In a time like the present, in a world that may or may not be our own, three 
young people--Ginny, Jack, and Daniel--dream of a decadent, doomed city of the 
distant future: the Kalpa. Ginny's and Jack's dreams overtake them without 
warning, leaving their bodies behind while carrying their consciousnesses 
forward, into the minds of two inhabitants of the Kalpa--a would-be warrior, 
Jebrassy, and an inquisitive explorer, Tiadba--who have been genetically 
retro-engineered to possess qualities of ancient humanity. As for Daniel: He 
dreams of an empty darkness--all that his future holds.

But more than dreams link Ginny, Jack, and Daniel. They are fate-shifters, born 
with the ability to skip like stones across the surface of the fifth dimension, 
inhabiting alternate versions of themselves. And each guards an object whose 
origin and purpose are unknown: gnarled, stony artifacts called sum-runners 
that persist unchanged through all versions of time.

Hunted by others with similar powers who seek the sum-runners on behalf of a 
terrifying, goddess-like entity known as the Chalk Princess, Ginny, Jack, and 
Daniel are drawn into an all but hopeless mission to rescue the future--and 
complete the greatest achievement in human history.


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