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Marooned in realtime by Vernor Vinge
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Marooned in realtime (original 1986; edition 1986)

by Vernor Vinge

Series: Across Realtime (2)

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"In this thriller, nobody knows why there are only three hundred humans left alive on the Earth fifty million years from now. Opinion is fiercely divided on whether to settle in and plant the seed of mankind anew, or to continue using high-energy stasis fields, or "bobbles," in venturing into the future. When somebody is murdered, it's obvious that someone has a secret and is willing to kill to preserve it. The murder intensifies the rift between the two factions, threatening the survival of the human race. It's up to twenty-first-century detective Wil Brierson, the only cop left in the world, to find the culprit, a diabolical fiend whose lust for power could cause the utter extinction of man."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)
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Title:Marooned in realtime
Authors:Vernor Vinge
Info:New York : Bluejay, c1986.
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Marooned in Realtime by Vernor Vinge (1986)

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An enjoyable scifi mystery, although I was more engaged by its unusual premise and structure than by the actual sleuthing part, which felt a bit underbaked.

I should also note that I read the entire thing without realizing it was #2 in a series. So it works just fine as a standalone novel, for anyone who wants to just drop in for the detective story. ( )
  Jefficus | May 5, 2021 |
As with many Vinge tales, this is based on a fascinating premise that he explores fully. ( )
  jeddak | Jan 8, 2021 |
This book surprised me. It started out pretty slow and slightly confusing ... it's a sequel to the previous novel, but I didn't really recognize any characters, just the technology they talk about. Rather suddenly, a little more than halfway through the book, all the exposition was done and the story entered fast-paced intense mode. I finished the last half in two days. Quite a good story! ( )
  Mactastik | Sep 4, 2019 |
A fun read, and like Deepness in the Sky, very much a book of ideas.

Rousseau says: "Give civilized man time to gather all his machines about him, and he will no doubt easily beat the savage; but if you would see a still more unequal contest, set them together naked and unarmed, and you will soon see the advantage of having all our forces constantly at our disposal, of being always prepared for every event, and of carrying one's self, as it were, perpetually whole and entire about one." Vinge says -- "unless it's a civilized man who has prepared for an endurance game..." ( )
  ben_a | Mar 27, 2016 |
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  jim.antares | Nov 12, 2015 |
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Dit boek is het vervolg op 'de vredesoorlog', maar onafhankelijk te lezen. Het verhaal speelt miljoenen jaren na nu, de beschaving en de mensheid zijn onder onduidelijke omstandigheden verdwenen. Slechts een klein aantal personen heeft de ondergang overleefd. Een ieder probeert er het beste van te maken, want ziekte en dood zijn geen realiteit meer. Twee vrouwen proberen de mensheid te restaureren. Niet iedereen is even enthousiast, er wordt een moord gepleegd. Hier neemt het verhaal een wending en wordt van sociologische-sf een sf-detective compleet met excentrieke personen en hoogstaande technologie. Dit alles is spannend geschreven en compleet met mega-schurk.
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Vinge, Vernorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Aaltonen, EinariTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kidd, TomCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moore, ChrisCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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To all those Marooned without hope of rescue
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On the day of the big rescue, Wil Brierson took a walk on the beach.
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"In this thriller, nobody knows why there are only three hundred humans left alive on the Earth fifty million years from now. Opinion is fiercely divided on whether to settle in and plant the seed of mankind anew, or to continue using high-energy stasis fields, or "bobbles," in venturing into the future. When somebody is murdered, it's obvious that someone has a secret and is willing to kill to preserve it. The murder intensifies the rift between the two factions, threatening the survival of the human race. It's up to twenty-first-century detective Wil Brierson, the only cop left in the world, to find the culprit, a diabolical fiend whose lust for power could cause the utter extinction of man."--BOOK JACKET.

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