Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Time Hoppers” as Want to Read:
The Time Hoppers
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Time Hoppers (Fugues dans le temps #1)

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  230 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
They were disappearing, one at a time, in spite of the fact that in the crowded, hungry world of 2490 there was really nowhere worth going. Then they began to reappear, not in Moscow or Nairobi or LA--but in 1970, 1981, even the nostalgic days of the roaring 2100's. A way to the past had been found & people were flocking thru it for a better life--no matter what peril ...more
Paperback, 182 pages
Published January 1st 1977 by Leisure Books (NY) (first published 1967)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Time Hoppers, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Time Hoppers

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
May 04, 2016 Skip rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
After enjoying Silverberg's Up the Line, I was happy to see he had written a previous book about time travel. Sadly, this was not as good as the first one. The book takes place in the late 25th century, where society is very hierarchical, with a Class system. Unemployment is high, but all are given enough money to survive. Many are disillusioned and are doing back in time to find new, more meaningful lives. The book was at its best when dealing with the consequences of using or preventing time t ...more
Feb 25, 2015 Sandy rated it really liked it
This longtime sci-fi buff has a confession to make: Some time travel stories leave me with a throbbing headache. Not that I don't enjoy them, mind you; it's just that oftentimes, the mind-blowing paradoxes inherent in many of these tales set off what feels like a Mobius strip feedback loop in my brain that makes me want to grab a bottle of Excedrin. Thus, it was with a bit of decided trepidation that I ventured into Robert Silverberg's "The Time Hoppers," but as it turns out, I needn't have worr ...more
Megan Baxter
Dec 06, 2011 Megan Baxter rated it liked it
Inconsequential and light - I enjoyed it, but will barely remember it in a few weeks.

In a world plagued by overpopulation, you need a high career rating to have one room to yourself. And empty space? Reserved for the highest levels of government. Except for Quellen, Secretariat of Crime, who has committed one himself - a secret hideaway in Africa.

For others, the only way to escape the crushing numbers of other people, unemployment, and despair, is offered by Lanoy. A one-way trip in time, to a
Jack Pramitte
Mar 05, 2016 Jack Pramitte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Une bonne petite série B.
Roddy Williams
‘The first sign of invasion from the future came about the year 1979, when several men in strange costumes appeared in the district of Appalachia then known as Manhattan. Records show they appeared with increasing in frequency throughout the decade, and when interrogated all ultimately admitted that they had come from the future. The pressure of repeated evidence eventually forced the people of the Twentieth Century to accept the disturbing conclusion that they were in truth being subjected to a ...more
J. Allen Nelson
An enjoyable but ultimately unmemorable time-travel romp that is a fun read for the morning commute. Brought me back to a time when an SF novel was a fraction of the size of many current tomes, and could be read in one sitting. Definitely dated,from a time when dystopian overpopulation novels were popular. Not on the level of Harrison's Make Room, Make Room, but reminds this reader of a particular moment in Philip K Dick's Counter-Clock World-- the Communal Regurgitation sequence was certainly u ...more
Jan 26, 2017 Frank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this novel of life in the 25th century where people are so crowded that they want to go back in time to a better life. I like Silverberg a lot and this is one of his earlier novels from the 60s. Some of his ideas seem a little dated (such as using phones in the 25th century) but still a good novel with time paradox premise.
Ginger Heskett
I registered a book at!
Sep 20, 2016 Jenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite the ending that I was expecting.
Joe Santoro
Jun 13, 2014 Joe Santoro rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hard_sf
This is from 1968, it seems like it may have been with another publisher first (in '67)... great cover.. makes me think of Monty Python in a good way.

Plot: Joseph Quellen is a mid-level government workers who illegals stakes out a bit of space in the wilderness in an overcrowded 25th century Earth. The High Government assigns him to investigate and stop 'Hoppers' the unemployed and low class members of society that are documented as having gone back in time to the late 20th Century. The problem
Jan 07, 2016 Ben rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Basically your a-typical 60's/70's pulp sci-fi fiction. (Even has the old cig ad in the center). Not a horrible novel by any means but just your 'bland' here's a contrived plot based on a few science ideas (ie. time traveling, stat machines to go from one continent to another, a future caste system), with a quick easy to follow storyline that kind of peters out/ends with no true victory for either side or anything. Forgettable, but a decent 'fun' read.
Nov 12, 2014 L. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm always fascinated by the paradoxes created when contemplating time travel and this story did not disappoint me. I liked Silverberg's imagination about the crowded cities of the future and the hopelessness of trying to climb up the social ladder. It was an enjoyable read and I recommend it to anyone who likes to ponder the possibilities or impossibilities of time travel.
Robert J. Sullivan
Jun 19, 2011 Robert J. Sullivan rated it it was ok
Quellen, a police bureaucrat in the year 2491, investigates the problem of people being time-hopped from the authoritarian, over-populated, underemployed present into the past.

Flat, uninvolving characters and a suspenseless plot without even a trip to another time to brighten makes this a book I can't recommend. 2 stars
May 06, 2014 Nome rated it liked it
Over-populated future scenario, with people hopping back in time with the hope for a better life. Trashy bit of time-travel sci-fi, partly boring, partly well-done. Good bath read, easy, accessible, though a bit dry.
Erik Graff
Jul 31, 2009 Erik Graff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Silverberg fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
Although I don't normally like time travel stories, this one's emphasis of class structure in the future made for an interesting read.
Marick rated it liked it
Mar 16, 2015
Bubbajdf rated it it was amazing
Aug 22, 2013
Russell Tomlin
Russell Tomlin rated it liked it
Aug 01, 2013
Bonolio rated it really liked it
Apr 04, 2012
Charlie rated it liked it
Jun 16, 2014
Greta rated it liked it
Nov 26, 2012
Mirrordance rated it liked it
Jul 30, 2012
Mac Mackenzie
Mac Mackenzie rated it really liked it
Jan 16, 2013
Larry rated it liked it
May 11, 2011
Rebecca rated it liked it
Jul 21, 2012
Apr 10, 2015 Ron rated it liked it
Not the best time travel story that I've read....
John Behan
John Behan rated it liked it
Mar 07, 2013
Janice Krinsky
Janice Krinsky rated it really liked it
Mar 30, 2013
Head Ov Metal
Head Ov Metal rated it really liked it
May 02, 2011
Jake Schaffner
Jake Schaffner rated it really liked it
May 10, 2016
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Slave Ship
  • The Squares of the City
  • Space Opera
  • The Forgotten Planet
  • Sinister Barrier
  • Null-A Three
  • Dare
  • Los hijos de nuestros hijos
  • The Ganymede Takeover
  • The Humanoids (Humanoids #1)
  • The Green Millennium
  • A Trace of Memory
  • The Alternate Asimovs
  • Quatermass
  • Not for Glory (Metsada Mercenary Corps, #3)
Robert Silverberg is one of science fiction’s most beloved writers, and the author of such contemporary classics as Dying Inside, Downward to the Earth and Lord Valentine’s Castle, as well as At Winter’s End, also available in a Bison Books edition. He is a past president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the winner of five Nebula Awards and five Hugo Awards. In 2004 the Sc ...more
More about Robert Silverberg...

Other Books in the Series

Fugues dans le temps (2 books)
  • Up the Line

Share This Book