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La Captive du temps perdu (Across Realtime #2)

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Marooned in Realtime, Vernor Vinge's Hugo Award nominated sequel to his 1984 classic The Peace War, is equal parts murder mystery and hard science fiction adventure that takes place 50 million years in the future as the last remnants of human civilization battle extinction -- and each other.

Like The Peace War, the major plotlines of Marooned in
Published November 1st 2000 by Livre de Poche (first published 1986)
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Vernor Vinge's MAROONED IN REALTIME is a murder mystery set in a strange far-future earth. Not long after our time, scientists had discovered a way to create "bobbles", indestructible stasis fields in which time doesn't pass. (For science-fiction aficionados, these are similar to the Slaver stasis fields in Larry Niven's Known Space books.) Bobbles were used to send a variety of people into the future: investors who wanted to "instantly" get rich by taking advantage of centuries of economic grow ...more
I clicked on 3 stars for the rating, but it deserves a bit more than that.

The book has interesting portrayals of how different groups of people might perceive and choose to exist in a far future.

I had a number of reservations about it. First, I read it as part of Across Realtime (an omnibus of The Peace War, The Ungoverned and Marooned In Realtime). Each of the works in omnibus had some threads connecting them to the other, but I didn't think they made a cohesive unit. Rightly or wrongly, I was
Greg Curtis
The sequel to the peace war, this is very definately a different book to it.

In the Peace War Vinge introduced us to the bobble and showed how it completely transformed / destroyed society. In Marooned, that entire episode in human history has gone, and we are now travelling with a bunch of survivors from and Earth that was destroyed in some mysterious fashion (none of the survivors know how), towards an unknown future using the same technology as a lifeboat.

In the midst of this, as people bobbl
Sep 16, 2007 Sam rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: scifi fans
Shelves: fiction
This was a fantastic little book. Curious - i was taken in by a little glitch in the system because in our library catalog, the book has a pub date of 2006, which i completely believed, all through the book. Actually, it was written in 1986, prior to many of the most significant developments of the internet age. Yet Vinge's predictions as to the development of technology over the course of time seemed right on track. Part of the history of the story involves a war that took place in 1997 - a fac ...more
Tudor Ciocarlie
Only three hundred humans left on earth. A murder mystery across fifty million years. A meditation on deep time and evolution, on civilization and intelligence.

What more could you want?

A very good book.
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Jun 22, 2010 Richard rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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Definitely should be read with — and after — the somewhat better The Peace War , which takes place in the same timestream and introduces some elements important to this book. The novella The Ungoverned (online here) connects that earlier book and introduces the central character used here. All three are in the compendium Across Realtime .

This one is a detective story that takes place in the far, far distant future, long after most of humanity has mysteriously disappeared. The surviving remnant i
Jennifer Mcgown
I really enjoyed Marooned in Realtime. The premise is that time travel is possible, but only in one direction - forward. The mechanism is called bobbling and it puts a whole area and everything inside it in statis . The statis area is protected by a non-permeable bubble that has a mirror finish. The technology in this world has been around since the early 2050s. It has been used by various people to escape their present fates, make money or to get rid of people. At the present is this book, the ...more
The plot of this book is imaginative and thrilling. Humans have invented a way to advance themselves forward in time for however long they wish, bringing with them as much or as little as they want. This leads to murder mystery #1: the victim is 99.9% of the human race. When a group of long-term "bobblers" come out of stasis, they find that at some point in the 23rd century, most of humanity disappeared without a trace. As they work to gather up the remaining bobbled survivors - in the process, ...more
This novel is published both as a singleton and in the omnibus edition Across Realtime together with its prequel The Peace War.

The sequel to “The Peace War” jumps 50 million years into the future. The 300 remaining humans travel forward through the eons with Bobbles, the invulnerable stasis fields introduced in “The Peace War”. One of them is left behind. The only remaining cop in the world must solve the mystery of why she had to die marooned in “realtime” while the rest jumped ahead in time. T
Why I Reread This Book: I enjoyed rereading The Peace War for the SFDG.

Wow. An amazing work indeed.

The Bobble series (for want of a better label) consists of The Peace War, a novella titled "The Ungoverned", and the present book. I reread "The Ungoverned" just before this, and I'm glad I did; it introduces the protagonist, Wil Brierson.

When I first read this book, which I believe I did shortly after it first was first published, I loved it for the ideas but didn't see it as strongly connected t
David Nichols
Other reviewers on this site have done a fine job describing the plot of this seminal book. I would instead like to provide links to a short essay I recently wrote about the intellectual path that took author Vernor Vinge to his discovery of the "Singularity," a concept he first popularized in this novel:

I've also composed a timeline of the events in MAROONED IN REALTIME, THE PEACE WAR, and "The Ungoverned," which appears here:
I am a big fan of Vernor Vinge, but - having said that - I was disappointed when I first read The Peace War. Marooned in Real Time is set in the same universe as The Peace War, but is a far better piece; Vinge returns to his style of big ideas and detailed exploration of technology and its implications for human society. It combines a post-apocalyptic-survivor and a detective-murder-mystery story to very pleasing results.
I'd forgotten about the Bobble things from when I read the Peace War a few years ago... It all came back to me eventually though.

It's a neat idea for giving one's book that sense of cosmic alienness which is the trademark of a particular genre of sci-fi. Glue on top of that what is essentially a detective story and you've got yourself a solid read.

One downside however: the book is now rather old, and it is starting to show. References to the Great War of 1997 doesn't resonate quite as much as it
Great fiction from an accomplished writer. It is not a Fire Upon The Deep, but it is still an extremely compelling and rather fast read. Armchair detective novel - except with statis based time travel.
Fantastic book, loved all the far-future implications of bobbles. The plot is a high-tech mystery/adventure set fifty million years in the future and Vinge keeps you on your toes.
Shlomi Zilberman
Almost a Masterpiece
ar superior to the previous book in the sequence, this novel explores to more depth the possibilities of the bobble technology. Vinge succeeds in portraying a mysterious yet very realistic far-future environment. This hard SF novel is wrapped up in an intriguing detective-story plot, which adds a thrill to the book, although in retrospect its the relative weak spot of the book, that keeps it from getting my 5-star (I would have given it 4 and a half...). One good thing about
I love all of Vernor Vinge's books, but I've never known him to write such a page-turner! With a cold, rainy weekend to kill, I read this cover-to-cover. As with all of Vinge's books, there are a few core ideas (the Bobbles, the Singularity) which he explores to their logical ends. Ultimately, his vision here is explained by one of the characters: life in the universe is exceptionally common, intelligent life rare. And when intelligent life does arise, it eventually reaches a technological Singu ...more
Parth Bhatt
Marooned in Realtime is a well written Sci-Fi murder mystery based in an era 50 million years from now. In this novel, Vernor Vinge presents an unconventional view of rather conventional Sci-Fi ideas like time travel, technological singularity, immortality etc. And he does so as innovatively as convincingly.

There are only about 300 humans left on Earth and there are mixed opinions about what may have happened that led to the disappearance of mankind. This is an era when human beings can travel,
Jonathan Palfrey
If you read this book as a vision of the future, as I do, it's a powerful and exciting story, full of imagination and the sense of wonder.

If you read it as a whodunnit that happens to be set in the future, it's not a particularly good whodunnit, and there's a lot of other stuff going on that you may consider irrelevant distraction. The author wanted to tell us a story of the future, and threw in a murder to liven up the plot. Crime isn't his main preoccupation.

In writing this story, I think Ving
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A singular whodunit: in a world where only 300 or so humans remain, someone is sabotaging plans to revive the human race.

Wil Brierson, previously the hero/policeman in The Ungoverned, has been bobble-shanghaied 10,000 years into a future where only several hundred humans remain (because of alien invasion? human warfare? ecological collapse? the Singularity?). When one of the high-tech leaders of a project to rebuild the human race, Marta Korolev, is murdered (by stra
Patrick Gibson
Taking place 50 million years after The Singularity -- a point in the 23rd century in which most of humanity disappears mysteriously -- The Peace War's sequel, Marooned in Realtime, centers around a murder mystery. Who killed one of the few remaining humans left on Earth by stranding the person outside of the bobbles -- a spherical stasis field in which time stops -- inside which everyone else was letting the centuries slip by?

‘Marooned in Realtime’ is probably the equal of its predecessor, The
It is ironic that I read the The Peace War by Vinge so that I could read this book, a sequel, because I heard that this book was great. But I liked the Peace War much more. You could call them the Bobble series. Marooned was interesting, and I think I would read it again if I could go back in time. The use of bobbles was extremely imaginative. But the story was a bit flimsy, and the characters were not really developed. I felt like I hardly knew the villains, and they were interchangeable. Never ...more
Great science fiction mystery novel. In The Peace War Vinge used his "bobble technology" to tell an interesting tale about authoritarianism and technological progress leading to a dystopian society. In this sequel, that same technology leads to a time-travel murder mystery novel that, while different on the surface, feels like a very natural progression from the original. The mystery is compelling, the characters are interesting, and the socio-political development is fascinating. Highly recomme ...more
After reading 'The Peace War' I raced to the library to pick this one up and continue the story. I had no idea that I was embarking on a space opera (excuse me, a time opera would be more accurate) with only a very loose relation to the first book. I thought he was brilliant in taking some of the ideas to their extreme conclusions, but it wasn't nearly as fun to read as the first.
Opal Trelore
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K. Blaha
A great far-future sequel to The Peace War, set 50 million years in the future. If you like other Vinge stuff, you'll probably like this, and it's a lot shorter than some of his things. I recommend reading The Peace War first, although I think I like this book slightly better. There are some references back to the characters in the first book and a novella written between the two, which got a little annoying eventually. Also, I am not sure if the ubiquitous bobbles and their governing rules woul ...more
Chuck Emmer
Vernor introduces, at least to me, a new concept in his "bobbles" as a way of traveling in time. It strikes me as a lonely journey if you undertake it by your self. The people in the book have access to life prolonging technologies and other advancements, but the warring nature of our species continues to plague our existence.
Of course you can only travel forward in time. Stephen Hawking makes that point repeatedly in his wonderful A Brief History of Time. The temporal arrow cannot change direction.

Marooned in Realtime is the most creative murder mystery I have ever read because murder after murder is committed in this novel, but no one is ever killed. A person is put into stasis and sent forward in time while the rest of their family must live out their lives without him. This is murder. Another woman is left behin
What happens when an A-list writer combines a detective story with time-travel themes? Five stars, that's what.

It introduced me to one of my new favorite sci-fi toys: the bobble, which encompasses a large or small area into an impermeable bubble that stops everything inside it, enabling people to pop out of the bubble many years later - even millions of years later.

Great quote (p 261 in ebook): "Biological evolution has no special tendency toward sapience; it heads blindly toward local optima.
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Vernor Steffen Vinge is a retired San Diego State University Professor of Mathematics, computer scientist, and science fiction author. He is best known for his Hugo Award-winning novels A Fire Upon The Deep (1992), A Deepness in the Sky (1999) and Rainbows End (2006), his Hugo Award-winning novellas Fast Times at Fairmont High (2002) and The Cookie Monster (2004), as well as for his 1993 essay ...more
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