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)
From the mid '60s to mid '80s, Larry Niven could do no wrong. Every book he wrote was brimming with imagination, science, humor, and optimism for the human condition.
This book was light on the optimism but full of big ideas.
Corbell, dying of cancer, has himself frozen so he can awake in a future where his disease can be cured.
Instead Corbell awakes in a Socialist dystopia in a body that's not his own.
That's all I can tell you because any other hints would spoil the fun you'll have reading this book!
Corbell figuring out what the prilatsil in the hospital was for.
Tom has a resonant voice and does a fair rendering of characters. He's good enough that I'm replacing all the audiobooks that were read by Connor O'Brien (the worst reader EVAH!) with Tom's versions. O'Brien managed to make one of the greatest works of sci-fi (Ringworld) unlistenable; Weiner adds value to the books.
Near the end of the book, when Corbell is witnessing world changing events, he's suddenly struck with acute homesickness, missing his wife who's long dead. He longed for his old life and it was quite poignant.
What are you waiting for? If you like hard science fiction, buy this audiobook! If you like imaginative fiction, buy this book!
Dr. Christopher W. Roberts Ph.d I am a Computer Geek working around the U.S. and the world. I have a lot of Air miles to listen to audible titles.
the story concludes with Ross and Ash still together on yet a new mission in space and time. Well written and the narrator was fair. short and fun listen.
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.
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