A World Out of Time (The State #1)
But Corbell picked his time and made his own move. Once he was outbound, where the Society that ruled Earth could not reach him, he headed his starship tow...more
Maybe it was a mistake to not read Ringworld first. It is going to be hard for me to come...more
I know so little about Freudian psychology that I imagine these scenes tell us something about the state of Mr Niven's psyche. Marvel at my naïveté if you will!
(Re-read this as part of summer-long nostalgia trip of Larry Niven's Known Space books. Although A World Out of Time, takes place in a different fictional universe, I had good memories of the book and this felt like the right time to revisit.)
There is one major difference between this book and any of the Known Space series that you should know about --- no FTL --- hence no hyperspace, no Outsider drive, no instantaneous communication. What we have is the lightspeed-observing Buzzard ramjet - on...more
I have always enjoyed a good Niven story. IMHO this is no exception. (I'll get to the 3 star rating).
I've often said nobody does aliens like Niven. Well this story takes a different turn. He shows us an alien earth after millions of years of evolution and genetic engineering. I think his use of relativistic time and it's effect on deep space travel is fascinating. He can take hard science and big ideas and write a story that is easy and enjoyable to follow.
Reasons for 3 star and not 4 or 5
This one starts out feeling like a short-story, and as such it is fantastic. Without giving away too much of the plot, the first part of the story is a grand adventure of galactic proportions. Then the reader, along with the protagonist, comes back to a well-worn Niven cliche of blazing fast scene changes, obscure science and an ultimate adherence to the law of Chekhov's gun.
Some parts are fun, action...more
A man named Jaybee Corbell was frozen in the late 20th century due to incurable cancer. Since the freezing process destroys cells, Corbell is revive...more
Read by Tom Weiner
Duration: 7 hours, 59 minutes
First published in 1976, A World Out of Time is a grand adventure that literally follows its hero, Corbell, across the galaxy and across three million years of time as he reacts to one twist after another that eventually finds him carrying the fate of the entire world on his shoulders.
The story begins with Corbell being revived from being frozen in a cryogenic chamber almost 200 years after he had been froze...more
A World Out of Time started off pretty well, with the very intriguing concept of bringing cryogenically frozen patients back to life by transplanting their personalities into convicted felons whose punishment is essentially being turned into empty vessels for other personalities to take over.
It continues to be an interesting read during the ma...more
part 2/9 - Fatally ill guy gets frozen, gets new body in the future. I thought it would be grisly, but then he gets into space. Woohoo! Kind of funny. Not that many characters so far. For an Sffaudio recording on Sunday. I'm still hoping to discuss 'The Soft Weapon' short story someday (was adapted in the Star Trek cartoon), but there's no audio version yet.
I finished it quickly for a discussion on Sffaudio. As usual in these things, I liked the outer space parts more than the on the ground in p...more
If it were in my means i would make a anime movie of this book...
20 January 2014
There are a number of science-fiction books around where the author attempts to chart the future history, in a speculative manner of course, of humanity. Isaac Asimov does that in his Foundation universe (which begins with the Robot stories and ends with Foundation and Earth) and Larry Niven does the same thing with A World Out of Time. The theme that I see in this idealistic setting is how humanity can create the perfect society in the perfect w...more
This novel has a lot of Niven tropes: revived frozen dead, immortality treatments, and unpronounceable names. But it generates some real sense of wonder: Corbell's time dilation flyby of the G...more
Now that you know what kind of reader I am: I keep reading A World Out of Time. I picked up a copy in 1983 when I was 13, enjoyed it, read it again a year or two later, and have probably read it seven times altogether. Since I rarely read a bo...more
a criminal's body. In crowded quarters on Earth he
is trained to be a full on good joe to dump algea
zip lock packs on planets that have Sol type stars.
He's all set to be the good state wanna be
citizen...and gets in the ship....and bails. Looping around a
black hole after being thawed out he goes back to Earth
(a coupla million years later) with his computer who
talks about the state, the state, the state. The state
has met it's fat...more
Having read most of the rest of Niven, this was interesting too in that I could see the seeds of several other things he later spent more time going into - tree of life, surprises at the galaxy core, etc...
The basis is available on the cover / synopsis, no reason to rehash here, and I wont say there arent problems. Like why no one in the center where JB awakens can speak english or understand...more
This book is pieced together from some of Niven's short stories--the first few chapters are really just his short story "Rammer," but in "World," Niven expands upon the semi-unwilling starship captain's rebellions journey, describing his return from his near-suicidal relativity trip around the black hole at the center of the galaxy a...more
Sure, the characters are sometimes spotty, but as a fantastic idea-generator, Niven excels. I think I might enjoy the novels even more b...more
Corbell begins this tale as a corpsicle, frozen on the off chance getting revived in the future. And lucky for him he does... sorta. Waking up in a new body he finds he...more
Perhaps it's so iconoclastic for the time that everything now feels cliched, but it doesn't have that feel somehow. It's almost a blend of Lord of the Flies-meets-Planet of the Apes, only without the simians.
My fault, I know, in part for not cutting it enough slack for tech predictions the author made in the 1970s when the book was written. But the charac...more
Niven shows us a world, its advanced but decaying technology and its splintered culture in detail you can almost touch.
Riveting - a real page-turner, with the hero moving from one desperate scrape to another, as differe...more