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La Captive du temps perdu (Across Realtime #2)

4.06  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,833 Ratings  ·  147 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
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Published November 1st 2000 by Livre de Poche (first published 1986)
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Michael
This one hit the sweet spot for me. An imaginative tale of desperate missions of individual lives colliding with the compelling need to work collaboratively to save the human race, all placed in the frame on an unusual murder mystery.

Vinge had already used the concept of stasis fields, called bobbles, as a one-way time machine to the future to good effect in his “The Peace War”. The plot there involved a government, the Peace Federation, taking over by bobbling up armies, nukes, government head
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Tfitoby
Jul 13, 2015 Tfitoby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, whodunnit
Sharing a fair similarity in style and content to Asimov's classic Robots of Dawn, a far future human colony requires a famous detective to investigate the murder of one of their founders and is loosely partnered with a nine thousand year old partner. It meanders a bit but has a lot of interesting world descriptions, the characters are not exactly rounded but the protagonist is at least interesting. Vinge merges the golden age mystery with far future science fiction very well but I found myself ...more
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
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Greg Curtis
Aug 14, 2011 Greg Curtis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sam
Sep 16, 2007 Sam rated it it was amazing  ·  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
Kay
Apr 05, 2016 Kay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-book-club
This book packed a ton of ideas into it about a pretty cool and interesting hypothetical future, all fit within the constraints of a basic murder-mystery. (I am writing this review post-sci-fi book club, so apologies for any ideas I have accidentally stolen from that discussion.)

The idea is essentially time travel, but the time travel only goes in one direction. People are placed into "bobbles" that suspend people's aging as time moves forward. Thankfully, the mechanics of this fictional technol
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Tudor Ciocarlie
Dec 21, 2011 Tudor Ciocarlie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Peter
Apr 05, 2016 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wil Brierson is a detective, maybe the last one. Sometime in the twenty-second century, every human on Earth disappeared. The only ones left are those who were, at the time, encased in "bobbles", spheres of absolute stasis that many used to jump ahead through the years... and there are only a few hundred people left, trying to build what society they can by jumping further and further ahead to collect more stragglers. Nobody knows what happened to the rest. But that's not Wil's case. Nor is it h ...more
Jason
Feb 17, 2009 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Richard
Jun 22, 2010 Richard rated it liked it  ·  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
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Jennifer Mcgown
Feb 20, 2013 Jennifer Mcgown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 26, 2011 Andreas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Roger
Nov 04, 2011 Roger rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-fantasy
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
Raja99
May 24, 2009 Raja99 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hardcover-v
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
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David Nichols
Oct 28, 2015 David Nichols rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Laurie
Dec 29, 2015 Laurie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Vinge #4 for me, and the first one that did not wow or impress. Yes, I enjoyed reading the story, but it was a short, not as intricately melded tale – rather than the more deeply entwined stories to which I'm accustomed. This was the follow up to the first Vinge book I read, THE PEACE WAR.

With that said, this book focused on The Singularity – a term I believe coined by Vinge (and for which there is now a conference that Chris F attended!) I am not entirely sure what the singularity is – in the s
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Brent
May 03, 2008 Brent rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Malcolm Little
The sequel to Peace War takes the idea of bobbles to a whole new level of execution, while simultaneously taking humanity to a whole new level of time travel. The scope of Marooned is huge, nothing less than the eons of time, where even the tectonic plates readjust Earth into new continental puzzle pieces.

And this book certainly is a puzzle, both in theme and in quality. Whereas any discussions or explanations of the bobble technology is well achieved by Vinge, I found the narrative rushing thro
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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
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Rushabh
May 27, 2008 Rushabh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Michael Scott
TODO:
++ how would humanity use its advanced tools in the long run? How about in 50 million years? Provocative questions, good exploration.
+++ only one big question: how can humanity survive?
+ again an impressive set of sci
++ again lots of creativity
++ very nice ideas related to how access to tech advances of different eras can separate people
- story makes little sense in its minute aspects, perhaps because the main tech (bobbling) is close to near-superpower, so everyone is a superhero and f
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Brad
Apr 27, 2008 Brad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 17, 2014 Shlomi Zilberman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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
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Dan
Jan 18, 2015 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kate
Apr 01, 2016 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rounding up from 3.5 stars. This was a fun, quick read, a detective story that thankfully never veered into noir. The world is patiently constructed and genuinely interesting, and it's so much more palatable in terms of race and gender than a lot of older sci-fi written by white dudes. That said, the characters are so thinly developed that I found myself pretty incurious about the smaller, more murder-y of the two mysteries at the heart of the story and a little indifferent toward the fate of th ...more
Brendan
Mar 08, 2016 Brendan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After finishing The Peace War I dived into this - its sequel - immediately. I had no idea what to expect, but I was hoping for more of the same.

Inevitably, I was disappointed.

Marooned in Real Time is extremely similar to Dan Simmons' Olympos, his follow up to Illium. In both cases, the second-half of a duology falls short of the promise of the first-half. What's more, in both cases the story focuses on a small group of humans left trying to survive on an inexplicably deserted Earth with only
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Parth Bhatt
Jan 01, 2015 Parth Bhatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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,
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Jonathan Palfrey
Sep 16, 2014 Jonathan Palfrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top11
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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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 e ...more
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