- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Baen (June 1, 1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671656473
- ISBN-13: 978-0671656478
- Package Dimensions: 6.7 x 4.3 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 69 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,374,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Marooned in Realtime Paperback – June 1, 1987
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A murder mystery 5o million years in the making. This worthy sequel to The Peace War explores the obvious use of a Bobble, not as a weapon, but as a time machine. What happens when anyone can simply bobble a few thousand, or even millions of years into the future?
And what did happen during the 23 Century to make humanity go extinct?!
But most importantly, who murdered Marts?!
We have a new set of heroes and villains, and one old friend who may be both. Vinge does a very credible job of positing humans who are so technologically advanced so as to seem like gods. Happily, they are in the minority, but the low techs are still silly humans too. WW Brierson is the detective that must untangle this very messy web of intrigue, lies, and fantasies.
This is SciFi writ large, and on an expansive canvas. Enjoy!
Recommended for those of us who don't get too hung up in the tech - yet detailed enough that those of us tech nay sayers and realists are not distracted from the storyline.
Another good yarn. Thanks Vernon!
And one of the most important persons on Earth, the one with the plan to save them all, is murdered. So after millions of years he gets a new job. To solve the crime.
Set in a Earth far in the future, with advanced techonolgy, interesting characters, realistic problems and new animals the book is a great read. Dogthings, social spiders and fishermonkeys remind me of a Dougal Dixon book. And as Vernor Vinge is a fan of Mr. Dixon there is a reason for that.
I don't have the Peace War but I do have the short story The Ungoverned in which Wil stops the NM invasion of Kansas so I did know some of the background of his character and why the New Mexicans dislike him. This book is just great with the first book. In other words, it pretty much stands on its own.
I enjoyed this book as well. Excellent read, and significantly easier to get into than the other.
The Bobbles idea was awesome. I would like to see a sequel involving more evolutionary aspects of future Earth - perhaps these or other humans can watch another species rise to sentience, either getting involved or staying invisible. I believe this book mentioned the scarcity of intelligent life, how difficult it was to evolve past a certain point, so I'm not holding my breath. Still, the scope of the universe created left me wanting more.
I'm also glad a certain mystery was never explained - it is better as a mystery.