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The Chronoliths is a 2001 science fiction novel by Robert Charles Wilson. It was nominated for the 2002 Hugo award. 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... DeFoes Robinson Crusoe, Newspaper edition published in 1719 A novel (from French nouvelle, new) is an extended fictional narrative in prose. ... Robert Charles Wilson (born 1953) is a science fiction author. ...


A paperback edition was issued in New York by Tor Books in 2002 with ISBN 0812545249. 2002 (MMII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Story

In the early 21st century, journalist Scott Warden is on an expedition in Thailand when a monolith-like artifact appears from nowhere. Upon closer examination, the artifact bears an inscription commemorating the conquest of southeast Asia by an entity known only as "Kuin" -- twenty years in the future. The 21st century is the century that began on 1 January 2001 and will last to 31 December 2100. ... A monolith is a monument or natural feature such as a mountain, consisting of a single massive stone or rock. ... ur mom looks like a horse sucker hahahahqahahahahahahahahahah ...


Over the next twenty years, similar artifacts with graven images (assumed to be of Kuin, an Oriental warlord) appear all over the world, and Scott is trailed by researcher Sue Chopra at each of the appearances (others are documented in Jerusalem and Mexico, and one is predicted to appear in Wyoming). The majority of humanity has created a fatalistic cult of Kuin due to these incursions onto the past that, constructed of exotic matter, appear indestructible. The term the Orient - literally meaning sunrise, east - is traditionally used to refer to Near, Middle, and Far Eastern countries. ... Jerusalem Municipal Emblem Jerusalem (31°46′N 35°14′E; Hebrew: â–¶ (help· info); Yerushalayim; Greek Ιεροσόλυμα; Arabic: â–¶ (help· info) al-Quds; (alternative Arabic found in Bible translations: أُورْشَلِيم Urshalim); see also names of Jerusalem) is an ancient Middle Eastern city. ... Official language(s) English Capital Cheyenne Largest city Cheyenne Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 10th 253,554 km² 450 km 580 km 0. ... In religion and sociology, a cult is a cohesive group of people (often a relatively small and new religious movement) devoted to beliefs or practices that the surrounding culture or society considers to be far outside the mainstream. ... Exotic matter is a hypothetical concept of particle physics. ...


Scott, Sue, and Scott's daughter Kaitlyn arrive in Wyoming where another Kuin monument is determined to appear. Sue is determined to destroy the chronolith as it appears, to prove that neither they nor Kuin is all-powerful; a side effect of the chronoliths' appearance has been to discourage human technological achievement. With its destruction, which Scott deduces could have only been done by someone with "inside information", Sue Chopra disappears. The novel ends some years later with a newly-constructed vehicle utilizing some principles of exotic matter lifting off. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ...


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Review | The Chronoliths by Robert Charles Wilson (812 words)
Considering the big idea at the heart of The Chronoliths, it's surprising how low-key Robert Charles Wilson's novel actually is. An enigmatic warlord from the future, Kuin, is sending giant monuments some 20 years into the past at the sites of his victories.
The chronoliths, with all their reality-altering implications, make governments more paranoid than ever, and Scott's life -- along with that of many others -- is henceforth under the microscope.
It is itself a chronolith of sorts: an artifact of future times that invites reflection on the present.
Yet Another Book Review Site (441 words)
Whether it be through trials, like his wife and child leaving him, or through triumphs, as in being part of Chronolith (as the monuments are dubbed) study team, Scotty can't escape the shadow of the ominous structures, nor the destiny they ordain for him.
The story of Scott Warden and the CHRONOLITHS is one of loneliness and self discovery.
Scott is pulled into the Chronolith phenomena by being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
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