Released on 04 June 2015.

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Children of Time

Winner of the 2016 Arthur C. Clarke Award

4.3 based on 11203 ratings & 1449 reviews on

2016 Winner

The Arthur C. Clarke Award



The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life.

But all is not right in this new Eden. In the long years since the planet was abandoned, the work of its architects has borne disastrous fruit. The planet is not waiting for them, pristine and unoccupied. New masters have turned it from a refuge into mankind's worst nightmare.

Now two civilizations are on a collision course, both testing the boundaries of what they will do to survive. As the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, who are the true heirs of this new Earth?

In the media

This is superior stuff, tackling big themes - gods, messiahs, artificial intelligence, alienness - with brio
Financial Times
A refreshingly new take on post-dystopia civilizations, with the smartest evolutionary worldbuilding you'll ever read
Peter F Hamilton
Children of Time is a joy from start to finish. Entertaining, smart, surprising and unexpectedly human
Patrick Ness