After more than two hundred years as a corpsicle, Jaybee Corbell awoke in someone else’s body and under threat of instant annihilation if he made a wrong move while they were training him for a one-way mission to the stars.
But Corbell bided 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 left, a planet that had had three million years to develop perils he had never dreamed of - perils that became nightmares that he had to escape... somehow.
Larry Niven is the multiple Hugo and Nebula award–winning author of the Ringworld series, as well as many other science fiction masterpieces. His Beowulf’s Children, coauthored with Jerry Pournelle and Steven Barnes, was a New York Times best seller. He lives in Chatsworth, California.
©1976 Larry Niven (P)2012 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
“This fantastic novel is a mix of Niven hard science and a time-travel concept to boggle the mind.…Even after the last line the feeling remains of the story still rushing on into the magic distance of the universe.” (A. E. van Vogt, winner of the SFWA Grand Master Award)
“Niven rams this fantastic tale at the reader with taut authority, mixing hard science with mind-boggling concepts of time and space to give us a whole new kind of trip.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Niven’s intoxicating concepts, ideas, scientific extrapolations, and exotic hardware bubble up from every page. Rich in imagination and astonishing in breadth…Will challenge the most sophisticated readers.” (Booklist)
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This story is based around that idea of time dilation due to relativistic effects. If you are interested in fiction based on this concept, you might also try 'Tau Zero' by Poul Anderson. For those not familiar with this, the idea is that you could effectively time-travel forward by approaching the speed of light, causing your time to pass more slowly, for you, than normal.
Niven's story was entertaining, but felt logically inconsistent to me. There were no major flaws - just things that weren't explained or didn't feel probable. Worth the credit. Weiner's narration was well done, but short of impressive. Hence the four stars.
The journey of several lives, an implausible situation, ridiculous over the top characters, but I still really enjoyed it. The state has all the makings of a catastrophic future.
And Buffalo George
A fantastic theme: time traveler is pressed into service by the "state" and shifted 3 million years into the future to find an alien civilization. Larry Niven has a strange mind and his view of the "future", engaging. The science is fun and the characters are fleshed out well enough to understand. However, there's really a couple of books/plots in this one. Either one would make a good Star Trek episode.
The first chapter was interesting, not the best sci-if, but worth your time. The rest of the 1st half was a trudging ordeal. The 2nd half was on par with a poke in the eye.
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I loved the narration and the sense of wit of the main character. Some very cool concepts for sci fi fans
anytime the main character interacted with his computer on the shace ship
out of body out of world experience
Do not drink while listening to this book as you will have no idea what is happening!
Imagine waking up in someone else s body and being told that you have no value other than the function you can perform for the US Government, the state. This job opportunity will give you a chance to travel through space and live an extended life. And should you succeed and return, we will give you your freedom. Wink! Wink!
While most of us don't face this exact challenge, the repercussions of meeting the challenge are all to familiar. Don't do the job and face starvation. Don't do the job and face eviction, Do the job and hope you receive your reward. But is there another option other than doing the job or not doing the job.
In this galactic tale Jaybee Corbell gets to see more than any human alive because he stood up for himself. He got to stand up for humanity because he stood up for himself. He gets to do this because he seems to constantly evaluate his position and knows when to make a move.
I really enjoyed this story. Larry Niven made Jaybee Corbell interesting and someone that most people can relate to. Then Tom Weiner gave an outstanding performance giving him life. Tom's voice was a little rough for some of the female voices but there was enough distinction between them that that you can listen to the cadence of the voice and know which character was speaking.
Overall this is a great listen! Check it out!
This book really makes no sense. I had to stop before it finished. Come on, do we really think there would be cars on earth in 3 MILLION years. That's just one example.
I enjoyed the ideas of what the future may hold. I felt that it lagged in the middle.
I don't know if it's the sort of book you could change much.
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