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.
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By Ian Warrender on 12-03-18
A sci-fi roller coaster
Niven doles out a fast paced story containing lots of incredible sci-fi ideas. Niven completes his amazing trick of making the fantistic believable with many ideas that wouldn't be out of place in his Known space universe.
However this is not a perfect Niven tale the story focus changes rapidly and although the mysteries are interesting all apart from one is solved too fast. The fast pace allows Niven to quickly develop a new universe but all apart from the main character feel underdeveloped.
For anyone new to Niven I would suggest starting with 'Ring World' and other Known space books, but if want something beyond his main work and you can hold onto to the roller coaster strap in and enjoy, just watch out for the sudden stop!
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By The Zombie Specialist on 11-06-14
Don't drink while listening to this one
If you could sum up A World Out of Time in three words, what would they be?
Love and Hate
What did you like best about this story?
I loved the narration and the sense of wit of the main character. Some very cool concepts for sci fi fans
Which scene was your favorite?
anytime the main character interacted with his computer on the shace ship
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
out of body out of world experience
Any additional comments?
Do not drink while listening to this book as you will have no idea what is happening!
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By Jim "The Impatient" on 13-11-12
Do you know how people get old?
The first chapter of this book was a short story called Rammer. It was an excellent story and I would give 5 stars to it alone.
The rest of the book deviates from the first chapter in content, style and imagination. Niven has a great imagination as demonstrated in his books, Ringworld, Protector, The Integral Trees and Limits. The second half of this book sounds as if it was written by Philip Jose Farmer.
The question: Do you know how people get old? is asked a couple of times. For me it was listening to the second half of this book.
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