!!> Read ➸ A World Out of Time ➻ Author Larry Niven – Bassgrotto.co.uk

A World Out of Time Jaybee Corbell Awoke After Than 200 Years As A Corpsicle In Someone Else S Body, And Under Sentence Of Instant Annihilation If He Made A Wrong Move While They Were Training Him For A One Way Mission To The Stars.But Corbell Picked His Time And Made His Own Move Once He Was Outbound, Where The Society That Ruled Earth Could Not Reach Him, He Headed His Starship Toward The Galactic Core, Where The Unimaginable Energies Of The Universe Wrenched The Fabric Of Time And Space And Promised Final Escape From His Captors.Then He Returned To An Earth Eons Older Than The One He D Lefta Planet That Had Had 3,000,000 Years To Develop Perils He Had Never Dreamed Of Perils That Became Nightmares That He Had To Escapesomehow


10 thoughts on “A World Out of Time

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    First he flies around a huge black hole and narrowly escapes being sucked into it Later on in the book, they stick a giant tube into Uranus, turning it into some kind of planet sized rocket, and use it to rearrange the S...


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    Too much of Brave New World to start off with and too similar to The Time Machine with the master and slave races thread for the rest of the book It is tough to keep a book together with only one interesting character, especially when it is not the main character, and sticks around for less than a third of the story All in all, the book had me bored out of my senses wait...


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    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 on a trip to the core of the galaxy With this key limitation, Niven s narrative has to work with centuries of transit time, long stretches crossing the empty gulfs of space, and all the arcane physics dealing with astrogation, cosmology and time dilation Is the master up to the challenge In A World Out of Time, the protagonist, Jerome Corbell, travels to the core of the galaxy and back, over an external elapsed time of 3 million years and Corbell s body clock of about a century and a half He returns to a solar system that is drastically changed, with the sun...


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    As always Larry Niven is better at coming up with great story ideas than actually writing them 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 scene chase movie fun The hard science gets in the way of the writing at times it would be better if the story followed the rules of hard science, and had less plot driven by pounding the math into our heads A great deal of it feels like The Pak Protectors reversed And the characters might as well be lifted from any number of other Niven novels, they speak with the same voice,...


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    Charting humanity s future history20 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 world This is the ultimate goal of the Asimov books, however it seems to have turned out differently with Niven What we have is the development of humanity to three million years in the future, and with every step forward they take at least two steps backwards The story is based around a man named Corbell He died of cancer in the 70s and before he died he had his body frozen in the belief that in the future, when they found a way to cure him, they could unfreeze him Unfortunately the technology of the 70s and even now meant that that was never going to happen because as soon as you unfreeze th...


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    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 5This unique plot turns into typical Niven While enjoyable I couldn t help but think it could have developed into something different, something better Everything got wrapped up in a nice package in the end but with such a great concept he could have really blown our minds Maybe I m being too critical Ok, something that s not pleasant...


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    Larry Niven is one of the grandmasters of science fiction He knows how to weave hard science, characterization, and plot into an interesting and compelling tapestry A World Out Of Time is rich in hard science but a little light in the plot and characterization areas However, it is an entertaining blend of hard science and adventure story The Plot A man named Jaybee Corbell was frozen in the late 20th century due to incurable cancer Since the freezing process destroys cells, Corbell is revived by implanting his consciousness into the body of a felon convicted of a capital crime This takes place in the 25th century.Corbell is conscripted by the autocratic government into flying a seedship to other planets This ship would drop terraforming pods to the planets to prepare them for colonization by humanity Subjectively, only 30 years would pass for Corbell, while 40 thousand years would pass for earth Corbell agrees to this but ends up stealing the ship and taking it to the center of the galaxy a trip that will take him about 120 years subjectively, but over 3 million years according to earth s time.Corbell goes on this joyride and, through shipboard medical treatments and suspended animation, he makes the trip successfully, although he is an old man by the time he gets back to earth.Earth meanwhile, has changed drastically and Corbell has to adapt, as he and his ship can t make another trip Th...


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    Jaybee Corbell, his cancer ridden body frozen in 1970, is revived 200 years later in a body that is not his own Stripped of his own free will, as well as his body, he is a servant to the all powerful State His one chance at remaining alive is to rise to the task set before him pilot a one way mission out into the universe to seed planets for future population A last ditch effort at rebellion propels Corbell on a journey through space that will eventually lead him back to Earth an Earth three million years older than when he left it It is there, on a world that has reverted to a primitive state, that Jaybee Corbell s true adventures begin.Characterization is not very deep This is hard SF science based adventure story with interesting characters, but not a deep character study with a few deus ex machina moments.Not part of Niven s Known Space universe, A World Out of Time shares a number of similar ideas devices th...


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    I think I m going to have to give up on Niven I thought I d read one or two of his books that I really liked, but maybe I m thinking of some other writer.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 main character s journey into the future on a spaceship But when he returns to earth 3 million years in the future to a very changed Earth, that s when the story falls apart The two halves of the book really have nothing at all to do with each other, and I found myself just wanting to get through to the end so I could go on to something else.Didn t like the characters, the plot was disjointed, choppy and often felt like some kind of science fict...