Marooned in Realtime Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1986
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- Publisher : Baen (January 1, 1986)
- ASIN : B007860ZA4
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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!
"Marooned in Realtime" is a sequel to "The Peace War." Their stories are independent, especially that of "The Peace War," which has a fairly decisive ending. Though I found "Marooned in Realtime" the more exciting and original of the two, I benefited significantly by reading the prequel. Historical and political foundations were laid, and one important character is prominent in both books. This is the intense, likeable little raven-haired oriental doll called Della Lu.
In "Marooned in Realtime," the population of Earth circa 50,000,000 AD has dwindled to only a few hundred. These few are here because they travelled to the future, inadvertently travelling past a mysterious singularity in which all other humans were eliminated. It is a suspenseful scenario because a few hundred people may not be enough to continue the existence of the species. And among the few who remain, bickering factions disagree on the nature of future society, and even if society should continue at all. After a powerful person is murdered, factional war becomes eminent. Will mankind survive?
Vinge's prose is agreeably brisk. It is not completely shorn of background detail, nor is it excessively laden with it. The story is a tasteful blend of fictional themes: science fiction, time travel, thriller-suspense, adventure, and mystery. Because I have not read much science-fiction mystery outside of Asimov's Lije Baley series, the last trait was particularly pleasing. As in "The Peace War," the characters display tangible personalities. Some parts of the book are not especially interesting, though none are boring. Be patient and you will get to parts that ARE especially interesting, even exciting.
If you appreciate good fiction, do not pass this one up. It is solidly good, and the ending is happy.
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.
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３部作の３作目で、前作（"The Peace War"と"The Ungoverned"）を読んでいた方が分かりやすいとは思いますが、社会制度も科学技術の水準も不明な世界を読み慣れているＳＦファンなら、問題なく推測できると思います。私自身、２作目があったということは、この作品を読み終わったあとで気付きましたが、まったく問題ありませんでした。
ヴィンジも作家専業になって、『遠き神々の炎』の続編が出たところで、"Marooned in Realtime"の続編もぜひぜひ出してほしいと思います。