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The Time Hoppers

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  162 ratings  ·  11 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)
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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
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
Joe Santoro
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
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
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.
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.
Robert J. Sullivan
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
Megan Baxter
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
Erik Graff
Jul 31, 2009 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Such a quick read that there wasn't time to discover I didn't particularly like it
Much better than the short story.
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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
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