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Across Realtime Paperback – November 1, 1991
A network of beacons allows ships to travel across the Milky Way at beyond the speed of light. The beacons are built to be robust. They never fail. At least, they aren't supposed to. Learn more
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Across Realtime is actually two closely related novels and a short story. The first novel, The Peace War, introduces Vinge's star concept, the "bobble", and also chronicles the demise of the Peace Authority. Following The Peace War is Vinge's short story The Ungoverned, which introduces contract police officer Wil Brierson, further develops the bobble concept and serves as a nice little tract for the author's libertarian-anarchist political views. Finally, and in my opinion the crown jewel of the book, comes Marooned in Realtime, a masterfully plotted mystery story spanning 50 million years into the future. Marooned in Realtime is centered around Wil Brierson and a small band of friends trying to restart the human race in a post-post-apocalyptic world of decaying high-technology. Marooned is so excellent that it alone is worth the price of admission.
I think that there are primarily two reasons for Across Realtime's success.
First, the book deals with strong, unique and thoroughly expounded ideas. Almost by definition science-fiction is supposed to deal with ideas, but more often than not the ideas that authors choose to examine are old-hat and stale by the time they deal with them.Read more ›
The Peace War is, seemingly, a fairly standard SF novel: in a post apocalyptic world, a dictatorship took over, and the brave heroes fight it off. Except that it is much more than that - Vinge's talent, his characters and his ideas all turn this B movie premise to an original, powerful SF novel. Especially important is Vinge's simple but brilliant invention of the 'Bubble's - spheres which are completely shielded off the world, in which time doesn't move.
'Marrooned in Realtime' takes the premise established in the first novel, and pushes it beyond belief. The beginning of 'Marooned', especially, is idea oriented SD at it's finest - you read going WOW every two seconds.
Idea oriented SF is probnably the hardest thing in the universe to write - you need not only to know how to write well, not only to understand science, but also to come up with a scientific idea which has mind opening reprecussions. I think I can count on 1 hand the number of times I've seen Idea oriented SF done right - this is one of the prime examples.
If you're a lover of SF, Across Realtime will be a parade of ideas, characters, action and thrills. So don't miss it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a very imaginative novel, and philosophic, and highly reflective of the immense reach of geologic time. Beautifully written.Published 6 months ago by Robert Bowman
Loved the science, loved the story, but wasn't sold on the characters. Still a good read.Published 9 months ago by bryan greene
By the time I finished the books, I found myself wanting to read more about the characters. Reading the books made me buy more of Vinge's books and also to become a member of The... Read morePublished 10 months ago by JR
I really enjoy Vernor Vinge and this book (or 2 books) does not disappoint!Published 11 months ago by Erica B
The Peace War part was fantastic but it got a lot less interesting in the second book. Still good read.Published 18 months ago by F. Hankic
I bought the hardcover edition of this book back in the 80's through an SF Book of the Month Club. I've never really been able to get into the first part - The Peace War, for some... Read morePublished on January 7, 2014 by Nedra J. Sorenson
Considering when it was written, great look at technology and how people and society respond to a government imposed social and technilogical collapse.Published on April 26, 2013 by J JACQUES
This book details Vernor Vinge's concept of the technological "Singularity" - a point beyond which the rate of change will exceed the rate of adoption/expression of new... Read morePublished on January 1, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Marooned in Realtime is a must read. Never before or since have I seen a detective mystery in which each suspects represents a philosophical view on the ultimate fate of human... Read morePublished on January 31, 2011 by David W. Coats