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La Captive du temps perdu (Across Realtime #2)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  2,914 ratings  ·  117 reviews
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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...more
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Published November 1st 2000 by Livre de Poche (first published 1986)
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Christopher
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
David
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...more
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...more
Sam
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.
Jason
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Richard
Jun 22, 2010 Richard rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Richard by: Borderlands-Books.com
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...more
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
Joe
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
Andreas
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...more
Raja99
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...more
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: http://ramshacklevampire.blogspot.com...

I've also composed a timeline of the events in MAROONED IN REALTIME, THE PEACE WAR, and "The Ungoverned," which appears here: http://ramshacklevampire.bl...more
Brent
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.
Drsilent
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...more
Rushabh
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.
Brad
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...more
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...more
Isk
One-sentence summary:
A singular whodunit: in a world where only 300 or so humans remain, someone is sabotaging plans to revive the human race.

Summary:
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...more
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...more
Roger
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
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.
Kathleen
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...more
Abbey
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....more
kvon
I think I liked this better in the 1980s, when the Singularity was a new and shiny concept (and also probably right after I'd read The Peace War). I was fairly uninterested in the murder mystery, or the disappeared humans mystery, which left the political shenanigans going on (not my cup of tea) and WW learning to live with the fact that his tormentor was free in their small society. I liked that Vinge acknowledged the pitfalls of taking liberated women and turning them into baby-making machines...more
Jessica
This is a murder-mystery, sci-fi gem. Classic but not dated.

Imagine a technology that allowed you to encase yourself in an indestructible bobble where you are in stasis until the bobble opens after a predetermined amount of time - a year, 10 years, 10,000 years. Some might play the stock market then bobble themselves for 100 years and come out to claim their riches. Some might just want to travel ahead to enjoy a more advanced civilization. What would happen when this technology is abused and u...more
Jonathan
Mar 11, 2007 Jonathan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like good Sci-Fi
So I'll admit that I have a soft spot for Sci-Fi. I like the whole unlimited canvas that authors have to work with. That said, there is some really terrible Sci-Fi out there and just because you have an unlimited canvas, doesn't mean you have to use it.

That said, this is great Sci-Fi. The kind of Sci-Fi that extrapolates ideas from our own time and follows them forward. Which, as the title might suggest, is really what the plot of the story focuses on. Following things forward through time, be i...more
Dan
This is the follow-up to The Peace War. It was the rare sequel that was better than the original. The story was more interesting, the bobbling technology was more advanced and much more mind-blowing, and the whole thing was even a mystery novel. I had high hopes for the mystery part of it because the author had the main character dissing on mystery novels by saying how they always end, but it ended up being a Scooby Doo type mystery, where it ends up being some people that just sort of jumped ou...more
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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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