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The Light of Other Days

(2000) Arthur C. Clarke & Stephen Baxter, Voyager, £17.99, hrdbk, 312pp, ISBN 0-00-224704-6


Hiram Patterson, media tycoon and head of Our World corporation, invents the WormCam which, through the use of wormholes, can first bring realtime events to the watching world, but eventually penetrates time itself. The world has a lot of readjusting to do as the secrets of the past are revealed, as well as the secrets of the present - no one can hide from the WormCam. Hiram has another plan though, involving his son Bobby. Can his lover, journalist Kate Manzoni, discover this secret before she is framed for a crime she did not commit? And will anybody care, since she brought the world’s attention to the asteroid Wormwood which is destined to destroy the Earth?

As you would expect from such a high-powered collaboration, this is a thought-provoking read, and a fascinating new take on an old SF concept. Treading boldly in the footsteps of Bob Shaw, this book should please everyone.

Tony Chester

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