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A "story of the near future" from a Hugo and Nebula Award winner--and one of the most prestigious science fiction writers ever. At the end of the 21st century, many people believe the only real hope for humanity lies in the Worlds: 41 orbiting satellites housing half a million people. Though the creation of cheap fusion has undermined the Worlds as a source of solar energy ...more
Paperback, 237 pages
Published November 1st 1990 by Avon Books (NY) (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

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.

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
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.
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.
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
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

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 Gat
Zeb Kantrowitz
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
Ralph Blackburn
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
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
William Bentrim
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
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
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 near future novels. Haldeman's info dumps are many but well placed and not only technological but also sociological. There ...more
Mallory Heart Reviews

WORLDS is an exciting, engrossing, tremendously thought-provoking science fiction story, every bit as important a sci fi classic as on its original publication in 1981. The eponymous "Worlds" are a collection of orbiting colonized asteroids, with all the variety one might expect: worlds focused on religion; corporate culture; bloodlines. Perhaps even more importantly, WORLDS' protagonist is a strong, empowered, young female (some might say "headstrong
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
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'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 OHara es una joven habitante de cuarta generación perteneciente a una familia lineal que mientras crece va conociendo la soci
¿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
I loved the idea of Worlds orbiting above our own, each one a (mostly) independent, culturally separate place. When you add in the "fish out of water" concept, and set it against the backdrop of international (and interplanetary) politics...well, there is a lot going on in this book, but I enjoyed it all. I look forward to reading the next book in the series as soon as it is available.
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.
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This was a fast read that drew me in quickly. The world-building was great, but I did feel the last third of the book wrapped up too quickly. I didn't really believe some of the characters' relationships in the book, but I was able to relate to the main character. I would be interested in reading more books in this series.
Fun read. As with Haldeman there great political and social themes being explored all the way through.
Feb 15, 2009 Ryan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: sci-fi
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
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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
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