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The far shore of time
Pohl, Frederik.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : TOR, 1999.
Physical Description:
317 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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SF Grandmaster Frederik Pohl tops himself once again with the fantastic climax to the story begun in The Other End of Time and brought to a boil in The Siege of Eternity. When the Horch set free the copy of Dan Dannerman theyd been holding on one of their worlds, little did they realize that he would soon lead an attack on the Beloved Leaders. The attack not only succeeds, but gives Dannerman control of technology previously known to the alien enemy. Returning to Earth, its up to Dannerman, all three of him, to figure the ins and outs of the alien technology in time to stave off the imminent destruction of Earth.

Author Notes

Frederik Pohl was born in New York City on November 26, 1919. More interested in writing than in school, he dropped out of high school in his senior year and took a job with a publishing company. After serving as a public relations officer in the United States Army from 1943 to 1945, he returned to publishing as copywriter for Popular Science, a literary agent for several sci-fi writers, and the editor for the magazines Galaxy and If from 1959 until 1969, with If winning three successive Hugo awards.

His first published work, a poem entitled Elegy to a Dead Satellite: Luna, was printed in Amazing Stories magazine in 1937 under the pen name Elton Andrews. His first science fiction novels were published in the mid 1960's, some written in collaboration with other writers, others created alone. During his lifetime, he won over 16 major awards for his writing (much of which was published pseudonymously) including six Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards. His works include Gateway, which won the Campbell Memorial, Hugo, Locus SF, and Nebula Awards, Beyond the Blue Event Horizon, and Jem, which won the National Book Award in 1979. He also embraced blogging in his later years, using his online journal as an ongoing sequel to his autobiography, The Way the Future Was. He died on September 2, 2013 at the age 93.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The conclusion to the Eschaton Sequence, begun in The Other End of Time (1996), resumes with the original Dan Dannerman stranded on a distant prison planet. His clones have made their escape back to Earth, leaving Dan to be interrogated by the terrible Horch. Also captive is Dan's erstwhile captor, the grumpy, jingoist alien Dopey. With no hope of escape and no way for him to return to Earth, Dan's situation looks bleak. But in typical Pohl fashion, a subtle reversal of attitudes and understanding leads Dan to consider the Horch a potential ally of humanity, particularly after he discovers the internal controls that the Dopey placed in Dan's brain. Longing for the colleague he fell in love with, who has also been cloned and is on Earth, Dan jumps at the first opportunity to return to Earth and damage his enemies at the same time. Besides his stock-in-trade of genuinely alien aliens and matter-of-fact heroes, Pohl gives readers something to chew on concerning the nature of individuality and self-determination. --Roberta Johnson

Publisher's Weekly Review

In the admirable conclusion to Pohl's 21st-century trilogy of alien invasion, the Eschaton Sequence (The Other End of Time; The Siege of Eternity), Federal agent Dan Dannerman survives another perilous series of other-worldly encounters before returning home to save Earth. At the start of the novel, Dannerman is cloned by a group of alien Horch and imprisoned so they can interrogate him about life on our planet. The Horch are a threatening, reptilian people who are battling the most dangerous aliens of all, the mind-controlling, empire-building Beloved Leaders, for dominion of the universe. Nonetheless, a faction of independently minded Horch rescue Dannerman from captivity. With the help of a Horch named Beert and a six-armed female "medical sapient" named Pirraghiz, the human finds a way back to Earth. There he faces another sequence of trials: he must prove his identity several times, keep the National Bureau of Investigation from concealing Horch technology and defeat the Beloved Leaders' elaborate plans for subjugating the blue planet. Much of the novel won't make sense to those who haven't read the preceding volumes, but Pohl's fertile imagination and subtle characterizations are as evident as ever. The book's densely packed action and impressive world-building make it a gratifying wrap-up to an entertaining series. (Aug.) FYI: Pohl has won multiple Hugo and Nebula awards, including the Grand Master Nebula, and is the author of more than 50 novels. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Held captive by the alien Horch, agent Dan Dannerman learns that the race of interplanetary conquerors has a more complex agenda that he once believed. Dannerman's escape and return to Earth prove to be just the beginning of a bold scheme to lead a revolt against the Beloved Leaders who control the Horch and numerous other alien races. The conclusion of Pohl's madcap Eschaton series provides a fitting end to a rollicking galactic escapade. Full of the author's biting wit, this sf adventure belongs in most collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



CHAPTER ONE We were actually on our way home when it happened. We didn't have any doubt that that was where we were going, and we were, boy, ready . We had been months and months in the captivity of a weird alien creature from another world, the one we called Dopey. He was alien, all right. He looked sort of like a large chicken with a kitten's face and a peacock's tail, and he had kidnapped the lot of us--snatched us right out of the old Starlab astronomical satellite and thrown us into some kind of space-traveling machine that whisked us from here to some unbelievably distant there in no time at all. And there was where Dopey kept us, in one damn miserably uncomfortable prison or another, on this unpleasant planet we had never heard of before. That was a truly nasty experience, but, the way it looked to us at the time, it was over ! Against the odds, we had escaped! Our chance to get away came when some rival gang of nonhumans, these ones called the "Horch," invaded our prison planet. In the confusion we fought our way to the matter-transmitter thing, and jumped in, and were on our way home. I was the last to climb into the machine.... And I saw the pale lavender flash that meant it was working.... And I came our again.... But I wasn't home at all. The place I was in didn't look at all like Starlab. A pair of those silvery-spidery Horch wheeled fighting machines that had been trying to kill us were standing there, not half a dozen meters away. This time they weren't shooting at me, though. If they had been, I couldn't have shot back, because something I couldn't see grabbed me behind--no, enveloped me, in an all-points hug that didn't let me move a muscle--as I heard the machine's door open again. Dopey spilled out on top of me, plume all ruffled, little cat eyes glaring around in terror. He took one look at the machines and began to shake. Something hard and painful was pressing behind my right ear. I managed to yell a question at Dopey; and just before the lights went out he sobbed in answer: "Agent Dannerman, we are in the hands of the Horch." And that was the nastiest, the very nastiest, moment of all. Copyright (c) 1996 by Frederik Pohl Excerpted from The Far Shore of Time by Frederik Pohl All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.