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Worlds (Worlds #1)

3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  420 ratings  ·  23 reviews
"In the year 2084, nearly a half million humans have escaped pollution and overcrowding to live in the hollowed-out asteroids miles above the Earth. For Maryanne O'Hara--born and raised on New New York, one of several orbiting Worlds--the prospect of attending college on the home planet is both frightening and exhilirating. But things are very different down below. Violenc...more
Unknown Binding, 262 pages
Published 1982 by Pocket Books (first published March 1981)
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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
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...more
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
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...more
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...more
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 O´Hara es una joven habitante de cuarta generación perteneciente a una familia lineal que mientras crece va conociendo la soc...more
¿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...more
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.
Fun read. As with Haldeman there great political and social themes being explored all the way through.
This was an interesting read. I picked it up because I saw it on sale for $2 on a remaindered table at my local bookstore; I'd recognized Haldeman's name although I hadn't read anything by him previously, and thought I would give him a shot.

It was an interesting read because there's a lot of potential buried in here; a lot of the concepts used are ones that I like (multiple narratives, storytelling through "found" documents, the idea of humanity moving beyond Earth, and the political frictions t...more
Eric Lawson
Worlds, by Joe Haldeman, is the first part of a trilogy also including Worlds Apart and Worlds Enough and Time. It is the story of Marianne O'Hara, an intelligent, 22 year old, clarinet playing visitor to Earth. Marianne was brought up in New New York, a hollowed out asteroid, which is one of the orbiting Worlds. A very small number of the citizens of the Worlds get to go down to earth. Marianne is going to further her education.

I enjoy coming back to read this series regularly. I enjoy the comm...more
Un libro entretenido que se lee de un tirón. El mundo que presenta es atractivo y creíble, aunque el personaje principal resulta un poco cargante a veces y tiene un bajón de ritmo a partir de la mitad. Sin embargo se recupera para un final que engancha y deja con ganas de empezar en seguida con el siguiente volumen de la trilogía.
Erik Graff
Apr 22, 2011 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Haldeman fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
After Haldeman's exceptionally good The Forever War, this was a disappointment, probably because it had much less of an existential connection to the present in general and to my own experience in particular. Still, it is a decent science fiction novel, the first volume of what became a trilogy.
Patrick Tobin
Dull. Boring lead character. Confusing narrative -- told in a combination of letters, 3rd person past, diary entries. You end up not caring about any of the characters or the situations.

My first Joe Haldeman book and it will be my last -- not enough time to waste on mediocrity.
Bit pedestrian I'm afraid - cross between Arthur C Clarke and Kim Stanley Robinson, but very cut down. Mini chapters in some cases only a page or so long, and the 3R stuff just didn't cut the mustard. But what the hell, volume one of a trilogy, so I suppose I'll plod on to the end...
Sort of walks the line between a 3 and 4 star (I guess that would make it 3 1/2). I love his style, but the plot is built up out of nothing. Most of the book is a quiet study in relationships, then becomes a raucous action piece for the last 30 pages. It's just a little too disjointed.
I enjoyed this book. The story of tensions between Earth and planets that have been settled by humans. It was told from the perspective of a young adult who was sent to Earth to study. She finds herself in the middle of a major upheaval.
Rob Schmidt
Mildly entertaining story about a student on the fringe of a revolution in the near future.
A quick read. Solid science fiction. Distopian. Not as memorable as the Forever War but still enjoyable.
Carl Afk
A very interesting concept, And like any other Haldeman book, short and nice. In the whole trilogy the story is continuous. The books are simply split into three small volumes of the... epic story.
Sam Reeves
It's a wonder that I would have finished this book. Not only is it pretty dry science fiction, but my copy had the pages printed in reverse order.
Fantastic first book, can't wait for book 2 to arrive
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Brother of Jack C. Haldeman II

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...more
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