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Further: Beyond the Threshold

3.28 of 5 stars 3.28  ·  rating details  ·  439 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Humankind is spread across three thousand light years in a myriad of worlds and habitats known as the Human Entelechy. Linked by a network of wormholes with Earth at its center, it is the world Captain RJ Stone awakens to after a twelve-thousand-year cryogenic suspension.

Stone soon finds himself commanding the maiden voyage of the first spacecraft to break the light speed
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Hah. This is like Doctor Who or Hitchhiker's Guide. Deceptive cover. The cover should have a lot of crazy-looking creatures.

Nice vocabulary. Ebook is probably the ideal way to read this. It's nice to be able to quickly look up the occasional exotic word.

59/343: Like science fiction candy. Future earth is cool.

Old interview on Functional Nerds.

He wrote the Fables Cinderella comic too. John Annealio says the science in his books doesn't get in the way of ca
Elijs Dima
This is, on balance, just on the edge between 'not recommended' and 'meh'.

The general concept and ideas Roberson toys with here are promising in potentia. The downfall is the absolutely nothing is being done with them.
There is no character development, no personal arcs. People are introduced, and never ever stray outside their single-paragraph archetypical characterizations.
There are no events happening throughout the first half of the book. Literally nothing.
There is exactly one single confli
At around 50% through this book I felt there had been no plot progression, there was too much explanation, brought on by how widely different this future is from the present. At 70% through there was at last movement through a plot, though it was basically just that, movement, still no real story arcs.

The story itself really happened in the last 30% of the book, and at times could be exciting in it's own right. However, I feel that the most interesting part of this book could have been an explor
Kerry Nietz
I’m torn on how to review this book. I think it is wildly imaginative. For instance, the premise is great—a deep space explorer is woken from cryogenic suspension later than he expected. Sure, that notion has been used before in everything from Rip Van Winkle to Buck Rogers to Aliens. But what sets this book apart is the amount of time involved. Not tens or even hundreds of years, but thousands.

The irony here is that the protagonist (Captain RJ Stone) went out looking for alien life, but by the
Originally reviewed on The Book Smugglers

In the 22nd century, Captain Ramachandra Jason ("RJ") Stone and a small crew of five others embarked on a perilous but hopeful journey to the stars - spending the 10 light-year journey in cryogenic sleep en route to Alpha Centauri B. When RJ awakens, however, he is not surrounded by his fellow travelers on the surface of a new Earth-like planet four decades later, as planned. Instead, the Captain finds himself the sole survivor of Wayfarer One's unlucky f
Kurt Galley
Hmmmm what to say about this book. It was an enjoyable read and I blew through it in a couple of days. When it comes to giving it a star rating I settled on a 3 stars and it just didn't have enough going for it to merit a 4 star review. That being said it is still a strong 3 star review from me.

The author has created a interesting vibrant universe and populated it with a vast array of humans however as much as I enjoyed the book it left me feeling like there should have been more. To many thing
Johnathan Tamayo
Such a fun read!

Set 12,000 years into the future, Roberson is at complete liberty creating a universe all his own. Recreating his vision can be mind boggling at times and that's what makes it such a fun read. I was often left with the thought: "how does he come up with this?!" That, along with a solid storyline with many underlying themes and witty dialogue that is downright hilarious at times easily makes this one of my favorite books.

Granted, he frequently used vocabulary that seemed unnecess
Paul Wunderlich
I was entertained throughout the whole book. What did trouble me is the amount of details involved in almost every aspect, which in the end lead to nothing. I missed more action, more depth, insight, etc.

I am impressed, however, with the imaginative capacity, execution, and creativity of the author. The overabundance of details was enjoyable most of the times, partly because it makes you wonder of how the future's actually gonna turn out.

When it comes to the diversity of intelligent beings, I ha
Arni Vidar Bjorgvinsson
A pretty interesting premise and entertaining characters.

I actually quite liked this book, and would have given it 4 stars if not for one glaring error in timeline control on the author's part, which annoyed me on both ends of the timelapse.. both on the front end when I didn't understand, and then on the ass-end when I found the fault.

It's a worthwhile read, albeit short, and a good start to the series I assume it's supposed to spearhead, but as a stand-alone book it's lacking a little bit of
Francine Zane
The story drags. I tried to finish it, honest I did. Too much time was spent in world building and not enough time on the plot. The author has an amazing imagination. The book reads like he tried to cram every single idea he has ever had into Further: Beyond the Threshold. I have to wonder if he thinks this is the only book he will ever write.

I give Further two stars instead of one because Roberson does such a good job of making the world come alive. That stated, without a steady progression of
David Willson
Found this book at a book sale, and it had a cover note from John Scalzi saying he'd been "reading Chris Roberson for years ... Welcome. Enjoy."

Well, I couldn't pass that up. And it turned out to be a great book.

I particularly liked Roberson's concept of the Human Entelechy that exists 12 thousand years in the future. Not only do AI's coexist with humans but so do uplifted apes, lions, killer whales and just about anything else, because sentience can inhabit any form — and for any of them not to
Iain Gray
This started well and built a well rounded main character transported so far into the future due to cryogenic stasis that lasted 12,000 years. The future is, as expected, a myriad of "human" intellegence in various forms, this is portrayed well. Energy is the currency and transportation is instantaneous to all the now known worlds via portals, though the destinations all have to be travelled to first by sub light transport to build the other end of the portals. The science behind these is plausi ...more
I think its impossible to review this book without commenting on the fact that it was published by Amazon. In terms of the quality of the printing the UK book industry doesn't have much to worry about. Its US style binding so after 10 minutes of reading the front and back cover were already banana-ing away from the book contents. The inks were to heavy for the paper so my brand new book arrived looking like someone head beat me in spilling a cup of tea over it ;) Also, this is only a guess given ...more
Alice Paqman
I have to give this one 5 out of 5!
From beginning to ind this book had my attention and kept it.
I love that in a book! I really hope he writes a sequel to this. I would really love to learn more about Captain RJ Stone and his travelling mates.

I love books that explore a unique way of looking at things. Trust me when I say the Chris Roberson has quite the imagination and would truly love to hear his thoughts on a few subjects.
I loved his approach to RJ Stone and RJ's thoughts when thrown into suc
Jeff Raymond
This is a book that I've had in my Kindle for a while, and being that I'm becoming more and more of a fan of Chris Roberson by the day, I finally bumped this one into the front.

There are two great things about this book:

1) It is solid, five-star, classic science fiction worldbuilding. In a sense, half the book is worldbuilding, and it's glorious. We spend a ton of time establishing everything around us, it's not hard science but feels like it, and so on. It's great fun.

2) In the same classic se
John Mann
I had a lot of fun reading this book. It reminded me of a futuristic Rip Van Winkle story. I liked the author's approach to technology in the future, and the story was just right in weight for my taste. However, I would have liked to have had a few surprises along the way!

I haven't looked into the author's other books, but this could easily be the first book of a series. The ends are mostly tied up at the end, but I could definitely see more 'adventures' to come, as it's really only getting star
Read Ng
A very interesting take off on the Planet of the Apes time shift plot. Roberson does not try to overwhelm you with all of the possible advances that could be made in 12,000 years of human advancement and to the associated future shock. He leaves himself plenty of room to explore the world for future books in a possible series. But this story screams "I'm the start of a series!" I feel too many authors focus on developing series and trilogies without properly "setting the hook" to get me addicted ...more
I rolled my eyes when I read the description, a man wakes up in the far far future... how trite and over used! Well, it is, but it's well written and within that plot outline a little odd enough to keep my interest. It sort of has a feel of several ideas mashed together, a man wakes up into the far future, barely has time to orient himself and is suddenly the captain of a starship... weird. BUT it is well written, I had a good time, definitely escapist literature. The end part IS almost space op ...more
Well the book theme was interesting that is why i kept reading it. But in terms of plot is a bit lacking, nothing much happens until at the end of the book,(view spoiler). It seems more a philosophic book, while i expected a more action based one.
Doug Paulson
Interesting future

Interesting future

recommend. good view of what 30,000 yr could do.
New concepts 're future views of life and continuation.
entertaining good hard scifi
Paul Wunderlich
I was entertained throughout the whole book. What did trouble me is the amount of details involved in almost every aspect, which in the end lead to nothing. I missed more action, more depth, insight, etc.

I am impressed, however, with the imaginative capacity, execution, and creativity of the author. The overabundance of details was enjoyable most of the times, partly because it makes you wonder of how the future's actually gonna turn out.

When it comes to the diversity of intelligent beings, I ha
The book was not what I was looking for in a science fiction book. It was too long winded and the characters were hard to relate to. I would not recommend reading it.
Great read with quirky twists

sometimes the retelling of an age old tale is a good thing...Further:Beyond the Threshold takes a bit of the Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, marries it With the original Planet of the Apes and gives you a fun to mms space and time . pick it up and give it a read...
Derick Douglas
Some good popcorn sci-fi. Not to sell the book short calling it popcorn. It does a great job of world building. Roberson creates 2 futures. One the near future after a global disaster. The other 12000 years later. It is a unique take on culture and identity as sentience evolves. It does introduce many new culture/species which don't feel fully explored/presented before abandoning them for space action-adventure. The fish out of water, first act could have filled the whole book and it would have ...more
Donna Church
Buck Rogers meets Star Trek meets. . . When RJ Stone is awakened several centuries after boarding an exploratory starship, he finds a whole new world waiting for his exploration. In this world, many animals have been uplifted to sentience and several galaxies connected. And, the inhabitants have created a faster than lightspeed ship that will venture further into space at his command. [return]This was a fun, funny book that played with all of the usual space travel tropes without taking itself t ...more
This sci-fi book takes place in the distant future-12,000 from now. It has characters in it like talking dogs and sentient killer whales, usually turn offs for me, but this book was quite entertaining. A man from the 22th century in a space ship, heading for a potential site of an earth colony, wakes up 12,000 years in the future. He has survived a system failureand is barely alive. He makes his way in an unimaginable future, finding out he and his original mission are the stuff of legend. First ...more
Jeni De Jesús
I loved this book! Not just saying that because I love future Oregonian Chris Roberson, think his wife Allison is the coolest person on Twitter, and his kid Georgia will be a have a great future in comics. It was a great old school type sci-fi novel...when I have access to a computer other then at work, I will post a complete review of the novel on my blog ( You must go straight to Amazon, do not pass go, and buy this book! Otherwise the Chimp in a silk robe may poke ...more
Michele Calabrese
Stephen King wrote in his famous memoir/how-to guide that everyone aspiring writer reads a book one day and says "I could do better than this". Now in my years on this Earth, I have read multiple books like that and this is just another one to add to that pile
This book starts with an interesting premise: a 22nd century astronaut, placed in cryogenic hybernation for a trip to an extra solar planet, awakes twelve millennia later to find that the galaxy is a very different place. Intriguing right? What would the world of 12,000 years in the future be like?

The answer, sadly, is "full of stilted exposition and sci-fi cliches." I guess if this was one of the first sci-fi books you had ever read it would be interesting. As a longtime veteran of the genre, I
Wesley Tamkin
fun, enjoyable, well -rounded scifi.
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