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-->--'''Creator/JosephConrad''', ''Literature/TheNiggerOfTheNarcissus''

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-->--'''Creator/JosephConrad''', ''Literature/TheNiggerOfTheNarcissus''
-->--{{Narrator}}, ''Literature/TheNiggerOfTheNarcissus'' by '''Creator/JosephConrad'''


->"And, alone in the dim emptiness of the sleeping forecastle he appeared bigger, colossal, very old; old as father time himself, who should have come the into this place as quiet as a sepulchre to contemplate with patient eyes the sorry victory of sleep, the consoler. Yet he was only a child of time, a lonely relic of a devoured and forgotten generation. . ."

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->"And, ->''"And, alone in the dim emptiness of the sleeping forecastle he appeared bigger, colossal, very old; old as father time himself, who should have come the into this place as quiet as a sepulchre to contemplate with patient eyes the sorry victory of sleep, the consoler. Yet he was only a child of time, a lonely relic of a devoured and forgotten generation. . ." "''


* MarketBasedTitle: In the USA, the title is ''The Ugly Little Boy', while in the UK, the title is ''Child of Time''.
* MasterComputer: Creator/RobertSilverberg adds to Creator/IsaacAsimov's description of the Stasis control centre, [[Lampshadehanging lampshading]] that it looks like a movie set for some ridiculous ScienceFiction film with huge screens, thick black cables, and a large console of instruments.

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* MarketBasedTitle: In the USA, the title is ''The Ugly Little Boy', Boy'', while in the UK, the title is ''Child of Time''.
* MasterComputer: Creator/RobertSilverberg adds to Creator/IsaacAsimov's description of the Stasis control centre, [[Lampshadehanging [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]] that it looks like a movie set for some ridiculous ScienceFiction film with huge screens, thick black cables, and a large console of instruments.



* Timmie (Timothy in full) is accidentally named so by Nurse Fellowes when one fo the examining doctors asks her to summon him. She retroactively decides that the boy needs a name, naming him would help reinforce that he's a person with a name, not an animal with only a description.

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* ** Timmie (Timothy in full) is accidentally named so by Nurse Fellowes when one fo of the examining doctors asks her to summon him. She retroactively decides that the boy needs a name, and naming him would help reinforce that he's a person with a name, not an animal with only a description.


->"And, alone in the dim emptiness of the sleeping forecastle he appeared bigger, colossal, very old; old as father time himself, who should have come the into this place as quiet as a sepulchre to contemplate with patient eyes the sorry victory of sleep, the consoler. Yet he was only a child of time, a lonely relic of a devoured and forgotten generation. . ."
-->--'''Creator/JosephConrad''', ''Literature/TheNiggerOfTheNarcissus''



* {{Epigraph}}: "And, alone in the dim emptiness of the sleeping forecastle he appeared bigger, colossal, very old; old as father time himself, who should have come the into this place as quiet as a sepulchre to contemplate with patient eyes the sorry victory of sleep, the consoler. Yet he was only a child of time, a lonely relic of a devoured and forgotten generation. . ." --Creator/JosephConrad, ''Literature/TheNiggerOfTheNarcissus''

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* {{Epigraph}}: "And, alone The {{novel}} is prefaced by a quote from Creator/JosephConrad, referencing how far back in the dim emptiness of the sleeping forecastle he appeared bigger, colossal, very old; old as father time himself, who should have come the into Timmie is taken. The original title, ''Child of Time'' is taken from this place as quiet as a sepulchre to contemplate with patient eyes the sorry victory of sleep, the consoler. Yet he was only a child of time, a lonely relic of a devoured and forgotten generation. . ." --Creator/JosephConrad, ''Literature/TheNiggerOfTheNarcissus''quote.

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First published in the United Kingdom as ''Child of Time'' in 1991 by Creator/IsaacAsimov and Creator/RobertSilverberg. American publication followed the next year under the title ''The Ugly Little Boy''. This story is the {{Novelization}} of "Literature/TheUglyLittleBoy" by Dr Asimov.

A prologue introduces [[AdaptationExpansion a new element for this story]]; the tale of Silver Cloud, chieftain of a tribe of neanderthals, and She Who Knows, an old tribeswoman who constantly pesters him.

The story proper opens with Nurse Edith Fellowes entering Stasis Section One for the last time. She's secretly planning to help Timmie, the young neanderthal boy, escape. The story [[HowWeGotHere then jumps back to]] when Dr Gerald Hoskins is interviewing women for the job of caring for a neanderthal child. Miss Fellowes is offered the job, and the first interchapter begins.

The book continues to [[SwitchingPOV switch between stories]]; present-day Stasis Technology, Ltd., where Nurse Fellowes monitors the health and development of Timmie, while [[OneMillionBC the prehistoric tribe]] of neanderthals believes that Skyfire Face was taken by the goddess to show her displeasure with the tribe.
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!!''The Ugly Little Boy'' provides examples of:
* OneMillionBC: Half of the story takes place forty thousand years ago, from the perspective of the neanderthal tribe to whom the titular child belonged to. This tribe is frightened of the [[HumansByAnyOtherName Other Ones]] who have been encroaching on their territory, and may need to go to war against them to defend themselves from complete eradication.
* AdaptationExpansion: When Creator/RobertSilverberg undertook expanding the original {{Novelette}} to {{Novel}} length, he added several [[CanonForeigner new characters]], new subplots, and a new setting.
* BilledAboveTheTitle: Every cover of this book (including [[MarketBasedTitle both versions of the title]]) publish the authors' names above the title, several covers displaying the names larger than the title itself.
* CanonForeigner: Due to Creator/RobertSilverberg [[AdaptationExpansion adding sub-plots to extend]] the story length from {{Novelette}} to {{Novel}}, this included brand-new characters and [[SwitchingPOV their perspective]] on events [[OneMillionBC forty thousand years in the past]].
* {{Dedication}}: To Creator/MartinHGreenberg, a double helping of dedication.
* DistinguishingMark: Timmie has a birthmark [[FacialMarkings on his cheek]] that Miss Fellowes describes as a lightning bolt, and the neanderthal People call Skyfire (thus naming him Skyfire Face).
* {{Epigraph}}: "And, alone in the dim emptiness of the sleeping forecastle he appeared bigger, colossal, very old; old as father time himself, who should have come the into this place as quiet as a sepulchre to contemplate with patient eyes the sorry victory of sleep, the consoler. Yet he was only a child of time, a lonely relic of a devoured and forgotten generation. . ." --Creator/JosephConrad, ''Literature/TheNiggerOfTheNarcissus''
* FacialMarkings: Timmie has a birthmark on his cheek that Miss Fellowes describes as a lightning bolt, and the neanderthal People call skyfire (thus [[DistinguishingMark naming him]] Skyfire Face).
* HumansByAnyOtherName: The B-plot neanderthals call themselves the "People" and call humans the "Other Ones".
* MarketBasedTitle: In the USA, the title is ''The Ugly Little Boy', while in the UK, the title is ''Child of Time''.
* MasterComputer: Creator/RobertSilverberg adds to Creator/IsaacAsimov's description of the Stasis control centre, [[Lampshadehanging lampshading]] that it looks like a movie set for some ridiculous ScienceFiction film with huge screens, thick black cables, and a large console of instruments.
* MeaningfulRename:
** Falling River renamed herself to She Who Knows because her husband had died at a young age and [[OldMaid she was aging quickly]]. Since she couldn't join any of her tribe's groups, she took a name that created a sense of mystery and danger.
** Goddess Women are the priests of the neanderthal tribe, who [[NoNeedForNames give up their old name]] to take on (part of) the identity of their goddess. The oldest doesn't remember her own name any longer, barely remembers the name of the second oldest (maybe), and only remembers the name of the youngest member (Bright Sky At Dawn) of their trio because they're mother and daughter.
* Timmie (Timothy in full) is accidentally named so by Nurse Fellowes when one fo the examining doctors asks her to summon him. She retroactively decides that the boy needs a name, naming him would help reinforce that he's a person with a name, not an animal with only a description.
* NoNeedForNames: Goddess Women are the priests of the neanderthal tribe, who [[MeaningfulRename change their name to Goddess Woman]] to represent them taking on (part of) the identity of their goddess.
* SwitchingPOV: Everything is written in a third-person limited fashion, with the "limited" changing on a chapter-by-chapter basis. The [[AdaptationExpansion new]] "interchapter" perspectives gives insight into Timmie's tribe from prehistoric days, from several different character perspectives. The regular chapters use mostly Edith Fellows' viewpoint, but not exclusively so.
* {{Tagline}}: "A novel of time and transcendence from the authors of Literature/{{Nightfall|1990}}" -- Creator/BantamBooks edition, 1993.
* TitleDrop: The title's description of Timmie is first used when Nurse Fellowes realizes that everything that Stasis will be providing for Timmie is present only at her behest; Dr Hoskins, CEO of Stasis, has set things up so that she is the only one in charge of the neanderthal project, and supplies will be not be provided unless there is a demand from her. Even Timmie seems to have intuited this in the early moments of their first meeting.
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