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 - o...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 reviv ...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 bui ...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
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
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
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 froz ...more
part 2/9 - Fatally ill guy gets frozen, gets new body in the future. I thought it would be grisly, but then he gets into space. Woohoo! Kind of funny. Not that many characters so far. For an Sffaudio recording on Sunday. I'm still hoping to discuss 'The Soft Weapon' short story someday (was adapted in the Star Trek cartoon), but there's no audio version yet.
I finished it quickly for a discussion on Sffaudio. As usual in these things, I liked the outer space parts more than the on the ground in p ...more
So as I entered my teen years I began to collect books (apparently they didn’t actually decay that quick), they became a comfort to me and in a habit that now strikes me as slightly odd I would carry my favourite books around with me in a green tin th ...more
If it were in my means i would make a anime movie of this book...
It is really hard to imagine what the world will be like in 200 years... Especially after all the wonders, which were introduced in the last 25-30 years. So if it is so hard to imagine the world merely two centuries into the future, then it is perhaps almost impossible to have a realistic idea of what the world will be like in three mill ...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
It turned out to be an interesting story about Corbell, a man from the 1970s (when the book was written) who dies and has his body frozen until medical science finds a cure for his condition. He wakes up in 2190, his consciousness transferred to a new body, in a socie ...more