A World Out of Time
I know so little about Freudian psychology that I imagine these scenes tell us something about the state of Mr Niven's psyche. Marvel at my naïveté if you will!
Maybe it was a mistake to not read Ringworld first. It is going to be hard for me to come ...more
(Re-read this as part of summer-long nostalgia trip of Larry Niven's Known Space books. Although A World Out of Time, takes place in a different fictional universe, I had good memories of the book and this felt like the right time to revisit.)
There is one major difference between this book and any of the Known Space series that you should know about --- no FTL --- hence no hyperspace, no Outsider drive, no instantaneous communication. What we have is the lightspeed-observing Buzzard ramjet -...more
Only once in space Corbell has other plans
As he leaves the Solar System Corbell changes his flight plan for an entirely new deep space destination
He located the lunar base with his signal laser and began transmission.
“This is Corbell for himself, Corbell for himself. I’m getting sick and tired of having ...more
This one starts out feeling like a short-story, and as such it is fantastic. Without giving away too much of the plot, the first part of the story is a grand adventure of galactic proportions. Then the reader, along with the protagonist, comes back to a well-worn Niven cliche of blazing fast scene changes, obscure science and an ultimate adherence to the law of Chekhov's gun.
Some parts are fun, action ...more
20 January 2014
There are a number of science-fiction books around where the author attempts to chart the future history, in a speculative manner of course, of humanity. Isaac Asimov does that in his Foundation universe (which begins with the Robot stories and ends with Foundation and Earth) and Larry Niven does the same thing with A World Out of Time. The theme that I see in this idealistic setting is how humanity can create the perfect society in the perfect w ...more
I have always enjoyed a good Niven story. IMHO this is no exception. (I'll get to the 3 star rating).
I've often said nobody does aliens like Niven. Well this story takes a different turn. He shows us an alien earth after millions of years of evolution and genetic engineering. I think his use of relativistic time and it's effect on deep space travel is fascinating. He can take hard science and big ideas and write a story that is easy and enjoyable to follow.
Reasons for 3 star and not 4 or 5
This u ...more
A man named Jaybee Corbell was frozen in the late 20th century due to incurable cancer. Since the freezing process destroys cells, Corbell is rev ...more
A World Out of Time started off pretty well, with the very intriguing concept of bringing cryogenically frozen patients back to life by transplanting their personalities into convicted felons whose punishment is essentially being turned into empty vessels for other personalities to take over.
It continues to be an interesting read during the ma ...more
Sure, the characters are sometimes spotty, but as a fantastic idea-generator, Niven excels. I think I might enjoy the novels even more b ...more
Corbell quickly finds himself a stranger in a strange land where the only human who speaks English is his caretaker, a harshly detached man known only as Pi ...more
Yes, there was. It turns out that reading the first novel last is a good thing.
In 1976, well ahead of ...more
This is 70s-era science fiction, and it shows. The science, while treated with a fair amount of rigor, doesn't really se ...more
Writing Style: 2/5
Niven was one of those talented authors that focused more on quantitative output than qualitative depth, and it was evident here.
A World Out of Time had a lot of great ideas. It dabbled in hard science fiction, politics, near-future prediction, far-future speculation, as well as sociological questions. Each element, however, read as a placeholder. It was if Niven had intended to go back and fill in the details and develop the sections but ...more
Larry Niven is a master of science fiction. His created worlds always amaze ... with classic science fiction. Alas, his characters are usually so one sided, no development, no, well character. The plot is choppy, to put it mildly. And though some may say, misogyny is a huge problem in classic science ficti ...more
Read by Tom Weiner
Duration: 7 hours, 59 minutes
First published in 1976, A World Out of Time is a grand adventure that literally follows its hero, Corbell, across the galaxy and across three million years of time as he reacts to one twist after another that eventually finds him carrying the fate of the entire world on his shoulders.
The story begins with Corbell being revived from being frozen in a cryogenic chamber almost 200 years after he had been fr ...more
Having read most of the rest of Niven, this was interesting too in that I could see the seeds of several other things he later spent more time going into - tree of life, surprises at the galaxy core, etc...
The basis is available on the cover / synopsis, no reason to rehash here, and I wont say there arent problems. Like why no one in the center where JB awakens can speak english or understand ...more
a criminal's body. In crowded quarters on Earth he
is trained to be a full on good joe to dump algea
zip lock packs on planets that have Sol type stars.
He's all set to be the good state wanna be
citizen...and gets in the ship....and bails. Looping around a
black hole after being thawed out he goes back to Earth
(a coupla million years later) with his computer who
talks about the state, the state, the state. The state
has met it's fat ...more
I should have trusted the instincts of my younger self.
"A World Out of Time" had such a great setup, with a protagonist who has nothing to lose making a stand against an authoritari ...more