The End Of Eternity
Copyright 1955 by
I first read this in 1967 and most recently on the 4th April 2004.
Andrew Harlan is an Eternal, a specialist Time Technician living
outside of our normal time-flow. He is able to wander freely up and down the
avenues of history and future time. His job is to implement the changes that
lead to the optimum human existence for the next few million years.
Like all Eternals he was taken at a young age from his family and friends and
introduced to this ascetic organization dedicated to achieve the greatest good for the greatest number for the longest
Of course when Harlan meets the delectable Noÿs Lambent, he falls for
her head over heels and, as his hormones surge, his long-held Eternal principles
are cast-away. Now he plans a future for the two of them knowing that such a
relationship is a forbidden crime. What he doesn't know is that this particular
relationship endangers all of Eternity.
This was one of the first SF books I read, somewhere in the first half dozen.
if I recall correctly. I thought it was fantastic: tough guys; passionate
women; an intriguing plot and set in a world of wonder. Fab stuff.
It was books like this
that got me stuck on SF. If not for those first few SF novels, I might never
have developed such an obsession, I could have been a different person, another me,
a better version. I could have been a scientist or an astronaut. Nope, that's the
obsession showing again. I could have been many people, but what's most important
is that this web-site wouldn't exist. It would be probably be a web-site about rocks
or butterflies or porn, rock or butterfly porn probably. No SF. and what a loss to
the world. Thus we all owe a debt of thanks to Asimov.
Loaded on the 5th May 2004.