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Worlds (Worlds #1)

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  811 Ratings  ·  68 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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Mar 03, 2012 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf
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
Jan 25, 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
Jan 26, 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.
Nov 21, 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.

Dec 15, 2014 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.
Aug 28, 2008 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
Mar 16, 2016 Joanna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was enjoying it, even though some parts seemed dated. Then the middle got a little slow. Then the entire fabric of peace disintegrated. Violently. In stages. Looks like this is book 1 of a trilogy, but I think I am done here.
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.
Nov 08, 2016 Tim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of Haldeman, but was disappointed by this one. The protagonist pretty much was carried along by events and had no real goals. It only got interesting to me in the end, but the journey wasn't really worth it.

I'll still give the sequel a try, because like I said this one got interesting at the end, and I do want to see what happens next.
cheryl a collins
Awe inspiring

It doesn't get much better than this. I would find it hard to judge when the book was written as it seems timeless but rather current! The social/political mire that this book focuses on could indeed be now, resource driven, human survival and a crazy nut with WMD to add to the, mix!!
Mar 22, 2017 Eastendleo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sexist, homobigoted, fairly boring SF that hasn't aged well. Was this written to be serialized in Playboy?

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 Ga
Nov 10, 2015 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
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
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Sep 18, 2016 Tomlikeslife rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
It was more a a travel guide for touring the world. Not much suspense - nothing to hook you into wanting to read the next chapter (even though most of them are pretty short). No need to keep this book in my collection.
Feb 10, 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
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
Aug 14, 2012 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
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
Jul 06, 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
I found this one recently and, given that I'll probably be meeting Mr. Haldeman in August at WorldCon, I figured I might ought to pick it up and familiarize myself with his work. Being that his book The Forever War is on many "Best Of" lists I probably should have started there, but hey...this is me we're talking about, I never do anything the normal way!

So this book really reads like one of Heinlein's better works. It has a solid plot with a blend of action, politics, and the occasional sex-lit
-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
This book was good on many levels. It started off as a near future scifi novel where small colonies live on terraformed commercial mining asteroids that each have vastly different cultures but are grouped as Worlds by the Earth bound. Marianna is from the largest of the Worlds and comes down to New York for graduate studies. She is the sort of empowered woman you love to see in near future novels. Haldeman's info dumps are many but well placed and not only technological but also sociological. Th ...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
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
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
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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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