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3.48  ·  Rating Details  ·  646 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
Set late in the 21st century, Worlds tells the story of a young woman, Marianne, who grew up in one of the orbital habitats (called Worlds, hence the title) surrounding Earth. She journeys to Earth for the 1st time as part of a year-long educational & sightseeing tour. She gets involved with groups & events that give the reader information, in a subtle way, about ...more
Published 1982 by Futura/Orbit Books (London) (first published March 1981)
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Apr 15, 2012 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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SF books written about the near future have a habit of retrospectively turning into alternative histories. This is the case with Haldeman's Worlds which was published in 1950, predicting the Vietnam war in surprisingly accurate detail - apart from the bit where the Communists are defeated, of course. But the book isn't really about that. Instead Haldeman has set up a group of orbiting "Worlds" ranging from hollowed asteroids to tin cans, each with a variant culture, form of government and econom ...more
Feb 04, 2015 Joey rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm sad to say my first NetGalley read was not a very good one. Joe Haldeman may be an award winning writer, but I get a feeling this was not his best work. There are a LOT of issues with this novel but let me see if I can sum them up.

1. The authorial voice jumps around. I think Haldeman was trying to set the book up with a autobiographical/biographical tone but sadly where it might reinforce the novel it actually distracts from it. Sometimes it's a friends diary or retelling of events (good), s
Dec 02, 2014 Koeur rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Publisher: Open Road (Avon Books)

Publishing Date: 2014 (1990)

ISBN: 9781497692374

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 2.2/5

Publisher Description: By the close of the twenty-first century, almost half a million souls have already abandoned Earth to live in satellites orbiting the strife-ridden planet. Each of these forty-one Worlds is an independent entity boasting its own government and culture, yet each remains bound to the troubled home World by economic pressure.

Feb 08, 2015 Oni rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Worlds is an ambitious attempt by Joe Haldeman. The title itself is revealing; it is a story of many worlds. Mankind is starting its next colonization, conquering spaces. Many giant space stations are built as new human habitats. Man also starts mining the moon and asteroids. A new interplanetary politics is building, between the old earth and the Worlds.

The premise is interesting, new politics caused by the new colonization, while the old earth is trapped in conservatism and ecology disaster.
Jan 07, 2015 Patrick rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Marianne O’Hara is a smarty pants student from one of the 41 Worlds. These massive man-made satellites orbit in outer space, and have their own independent governments. They also have cultural traits that are pretty out there (See what I did there? Gotta love space humour). Marianne is sent to Earth as part of a yearlong exchange program.

While it seems to me like these Worlds are a cool idea, this hardly a story plot.

To fill the story in there is a conspiracy, which never feels fully developed.
Oct 23, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Haldeman looks into the future & sees many splinter cultures moving into artificial satellites around the Earth. Our civilization is further splintered by colonies on the moon & other celestial bodies. Earth isn't in great shape & we're given a tour by our heroine from one of the splinter colonies.

Lots of action & adventure while exploring how our civilization has changed in a century (published in 1981 & the story takes place in 2084). Maybe he bit off a bit bigger bite than
Dec 03, 2014 Cait rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somehow I missed that this is a re-issue of a 1981 novel--which is actually kind of a relief as a number of scenes just seemed dated or out of place in a way I can't fully articulate. I've read several of Haldeman's other books--the classic Forever War with its sequel Forever Free and analog Forever Peace (which I think is actually the most interesting of the three). There's something about the set-up of the Worlds/Earth culture clash that now seems kind of retro to me, though I enjoyed it for m ...more
Nov 22, 2015 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
Haldeman tends to be right up my alley--focus on social aspects of hard sci-fi ideas.
Jamie Rich
Dec 28, 2015 Jamie Rich rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joe Haldeman has been a staple of SciFi for many years now. This particular novel was highly recommended to me, and I am quite happy to have made it's acquaintance! Originally written in 1955 (yes really!), it easily could have been written last year. That's silly how good it is.
Our heroine hails from New New York, the largest of some 40 cities in orbit around the planet. Set in the 25th century, the technology is amazingly prescient of how it could be.
Marianne has a singular life up ther

2.5 stars

Marianne O'Hara, highly talented scion of a family in the orbital Worlds, comes down to Earth to study politics and Earth itself. In New York, she meets several men who shape not only her future, but that of the planet and the orbitals themselves.

I read Worlds at the same time as Orson Scott Card's The Lost Gate. I had worried about Card's possible inclusion of politics, but it didn't happen. Haldeman's book, on the other hand, is all about politics. The Lost Gat
Zeb Kantrowitz
Dec 08, 2014 Zeb Kantrowitz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-read
At the end of the twenty-first century, half a million people have gone to live in orbit around the earth. They live in forty-one satellites (each called a World), some to get away from religion persecution, and others trying to create the perfect ‘World’. The largest of the Worlds is New New York. New New (as the inhabitants call it) is a captured asteroid that has been hollowed out.

Each year, a few candidates are chosen to be sent to Earth for a year. In that year they learn about the economi
John Purvis
“Worlds” was published in 2014 and was written by Joe Haldeman ( Mr Haldeman has written or co-written more than a dozen books.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through I would categorize this Science Fiction novel as ‘R’ as there are instances of Violence, Mature Situations and Mature Language. This novel is set in a future where more than 40 orbital habitats have been constructed in orbit around the Earth.

The major character o
Ralph Blackburn
Jan 12, 2015 Ralph Blackburn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally published in 1981, Worlds by Joe Haldeman is a near future cautionary tail O'Hara lives in an orbiting habitat, New New York and as a student plans to study in the real New York, planet-side. The story follows her fish-out-of-water experiences in America of 2100's. Haldeman does a lot of world-building to create a logical Earth of the future, and adds a lot of social/political background. Essentially the first two-thirds of the book is a travelogue of O'Hara seeing the World. Then thi ...more
William Bentrim
Dec 13, 2014 William Bentrim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Worlds are the satellite homes of thousands who have left the confines of the planet Earth. Marianne O'Hara lives on New New York, the largest of the orbiting habitats. She goes to Earth to further her education, meets a diverse cast of characters and grows intellectually and emotionally.

Haldeman postulates some interesting changes in societal structure. In some ways his changes are a logical extension of some of the current political deficiencies.

The story has political intrigue with cons
Diego González
Primera parte de la trilogía de los M undos. En un futuro no excesivamente lejano, una parte de la población humana ya no es nacida en la Tierra, sino en una serie de satélites artificiales que orbitan en torno a ella. Una estudiante de estos mundos baja a la Tierra para ir a la Universidad, y la novela es, básicamente, su diario, que sirve de ventana a un mundo que es el nuestro pero que es difícil de reconocer. Nevada es un estado independiente y anarcocapitalista, todo el Magreb está tomado p ...more
Matthew Bourns
This book was originally published in 1950 but is still a fun and relevant read. I'm glad to see that RadioShack will be still be around when we have space colonies.

The book is partially written as diary entries and travel guide to our future world and a sub story of political unrest and revolution. I enjoyed the description of how society changes with technology advances even if our responses to it don't. The story was slow going and I didn't think I would be able to get through it. The story s
Mallory Heart Reviews [Year of Cthulhu-#Vote Cthulhu]

WORLDS is an exciting, engrossing, tremendously thought-provoking science fiction story, every bit as important a sci fi classic as on its original publication in 1981. The eponymous "Worlds" are a collection of orbiting colonized asteroids, with all the variety one might expect: worlds focused on religion; corporate culture; bloodlines. Perhaps even more importantly, WORLDS' protagonist is a strong, empowered, young female (some might say "headstrong
Jan 08, 2016 Daniel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
This review originally published in Looking For a Good Book. Rated 2.25 of 5

There are a few authors that I will consistently read because they are reliable and dependable. Joe Haldeman has always been one of those authors, for me. Yet for all the works of his that I've read, I've somehow missed this book (and this trilogy).

This is, in my opinion, not one of Haldeman's finest.

There are forty-one satellites, called Worlds, orbiting Earth. The Worlds export resources to the Earth and sometimes welc
Casey Wheeler
I received a prerelease e-copy of this book through NetGalley (publication date December 2, 2014) with the expectation that I will post a review on their site and others (my blog, Goodreads, Facebook, Google +, LinkedIn, Twitter, Amazon, etc.).

This book was sent to me by the publisher and the first that I have read by Joe Haldeman in several years. I will give you my opinions on this book without giving away the substance of the book. I hate it when reviewers do that and if I read the review fir
Feb 10, 2015 Bruce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
This book very much occupies a place in time, both in terms of when it was written in a historical sense (1980) and at a particular point in Haldeman's career.

I was once a big Haldeman fan. On the strength of Forever War I read everything else he had published and followed every new book. At some point along the way, my memory is Tool of the Trade, I found his plots progressed reasonably enough until a point 3/4 through the book, when a ridiculously huge unforeseeable deus ex machina is introduc
Jul 08, 2013 Xavi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: llegits-2013
Entre 3'5-4.
El argumento de la novela me llamó mucho la atención: parte de la humanidad vive orbitando alrededor de la Tierra en unos asteroides modificados llamados Mundos. La primera parte de la novela se centra en la descripción de estos mundos, su variedad y sus relaciones entre ellos y con la Tierra y es muy interesante.
A partir de que la protagonista (un poquito cargante) viaja a la Tierra con una beca ( mas o menos como las becas de aquí) la novela baja un pelín el ritmo, para acabar recu
Dec 12, 2013 Jon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've always liked this author and some of his novels are classics of the genre, but this was something of a disappointment. The premise is a common one in Sci-Fi: in the future, humanity has gradually expanded into the solar system and, over time, the off planet colonies and orbital habitats begin to experience increasingly tense relations with the home planet. However, the political tensions are mostly kept to the background of the novel as Haldeman focuses on one citizen of the New New York ha ...more
-Un vistazo imaginativo a un posible futuro próximo.-

Género. Ciencia-Ficción.

Lo que nos cuenta. En el siglo XXI comenzó la expansión de la Humanidad fuera del planeta Tierra y se fueron estableciendo colonias, hasta 41, de todos los tamaños y fruto de diferentes iniciativas. En Nueva Nueva York, más conocida como Nueva Nueva y construida a partir de un asteroide, Marianne OHara es una joven habitante de cuarta generación perteneciente a una familia lineal que mientras crece va conociendo la soci
Jan 13, 2016 Xan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Haldeman recoge la idea de Heinlein de los mundos orbitales, la Luna como colonia en proceso de desconexión de la Tierra, etc; para dar su visión de la misma aún más pesimista. Paranoia, conspiraciones mundiales y seres inocentes envueltos en los engranajes de las alcantarillas de la política. Con un poco de sexo desenfadado y permanente crisis económica. Al final engancha, pero no deja de ser una remezcla de "La Luna es una cruel amante" y "Viernes" entre otros.
¿hace falta escribir 200 páginas de novelilla para terminar con 30 de verdadera ciencia ficción? Pues eso es lo que hace el Sr Haldeman en esta novela. Plantéa un interesantísimo futuro con la humanidad explorando y habitando asteroides, para luego perderse durante más de 200 páginas en una novelita sin interés ni ritmo sobre la estancia de una mujer de los asteroides en la Tierra. Menos mal que al final lo arregla con 50 confusas páginas de ciencia ficción...

Pudo ser una gran novela, pero se qu
Nov 30, 2014 Kallierose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the idea of Worlds orbiting above our own, each one a (mostly) independent, culturally separate place. When you add in the "fish out of water" concept, and set it against the backdrop of international (and interplanetary) politics...well, there is a lot going on in this book, but I enjoyed it all. I look forward to reading the next book in the series as soon as it is available.
Feb 02, 2014 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I felt the book was scattered. (Some reader may like that it covers various things.) Much of the latter part of the book has more to do with the lead-up to apocalyptic events on Earth (as opposed to life on "the worlds" - space habitats). Perhaps, the reduced role of Earth is significant for the rest of this series, although that doesn't mean we need so much detail about the precursors of it. In any case, the book ends on a not-entirely-but-relatively gloomy situation.
Timothy Boyd
Jan 26, 2016 Timothy Boyd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not sure how Haldeman does what he does with a story. If I were to read "Worlds" written by another writer I am sure I would find the story boring ad bland. Somehow Haldeman always makes me enjoy whatever kind of story he writes and identify with the characters. I am looking forward to seeing where he takes the rest of the trilogy. Highly recommended
Dave West
I liked the Forever War by Haldeman, so I thought I'd pick this up. It was good, but a little slow to get going. The style is a little strange, where it feels like part travelogue, part journal, part novel. Once I got into it it was exciting and interesting though. If you pick it up, give it a chance to get through to the end. You'll be glad you did.
Denyse Loeb
Sep 27, 2015 Denyse Loeb rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
Read more like a history book than a novel. 8 (granted, very short) chapters in, I still had no idea what the story was supposed to be about. And the voice was thst dry, distant tone used in textbooks more than anything. With little characterization and even less action, there wasn't anything there to draw me in as a reader, so I'm moving on. Too many books in my tbr pile to keep at it.
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Haldeman is the author of 20 novels and five collections. The Forever War won the Nebula, Hugo and Ditmar Awards for best science fiction novel in 1975. Other notable titles include Camouflage, The Accidental Time Machine and Marsbound as well as the short works "Graves," "Tricentennial" and "The Hemingway Hoax." Starbound is scheduled for a January release. SFWA pres
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