The End of Eternity

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The End of Eternity (1971)

English language

Published Nov. 1, 1971

ISBN:
9780449016190

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5 stars (23 reviews)

The End of Eternity is a 1955 science fiction novel by Isaac Asimov with mystery and thriller elements on the subjects of time travel and social engineering. Its premise is that of a causal loop, a type of temporal paradox in which events and their causes form a loop. In The End of Eternity, members of the time-changing organization Eternity seek to ensure that the conditions that led to its founding occur as history says that they occurred. The protagonist, Andrew Harlan, is placed in a situation in which he must decide whether to allow the "circle" to close and Eternity to be founded or to allow the opposite to happen and prevent Eternity from having ever existed. Many years later, Asimov tied this novel into his broader Foundation Series by hinting in Foundation's Edge that it is set in a universe where Eternity had existed but was destroyed by …

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4 stars

Asimov is brain candy, but gourmet candy... His books are brain bonbons.

It's difficult to write a review about a book about time travel without spoilers, but this one is on par with the best Doctor Who episodes, but less convoluted than Primer.

It's a human-scale story about how time travel might be used by humans and how it might change humanity.

Review of 'The End of Eternity' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

At one time Isaac Asimov wrote novels that were not connected to a series, and this is one of them, though later in life he tied it into his Foundation/Robots universe. This is a good enough novel and Asimov is a good writer, but this is not the best thing he ever wrote, even though it was on the short-list for a Hugo. Most of the novel is about a group of people in an organization called Eternity that have time travel technology. They have taken it upon themselves to preserve the safety of their timelines by making "reality changes". But the protagonist, Andrew Harlan, is eventually placed in a position where he needs to decide if this is such a good idea. He has fallen in love with a woman from the "hidden centuries" who tells him that in every time line where Eternity has smoothed things, the human …

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