Marooned in Realtime

{5/5} “Castle Korolev was typical of the flamboyance of the advanced residences. The underlying stonework and statuary — modeled vaguely on Angkor Wat — had been built half a thousand years earlier, then left for mountain rains to wear at, for moss to cover, for trees to penetrate. Afterwards, construction robots hid all the subtle machinery of late twenty-second technology within the ‘ruins.’ Will respected that technology. Here was a place where no sparrow could fall unremarked. The owners were as safe from a quiet knife in the back as from a ballistic missile attack.”

Some high-tech people are trying to give humanity a new start by rescuing a bunch of people trapped in bobbles and bringing them together millions of years in the future. But they only have about 300 people, so it’s going to be tough. At some point in the past there was an event that caused most of humanity to either leave or be destroyed, no one knows which — this event is called the Singularity.

Marooned in Realtime by Vernor Vinge was published in 1986. It’s a sequel to The Peace War but only a couple of characters from the first book are still around.

The Peace War was a great book but this one is absolutely fascinating — you won’t be able to put it down.

It’s about different ideas of what humanity should be doing with itself. It’s also a mystery — Wil, the main character, is investigating the murder of one of the high-techs.

If you read science fiction, add this to your list.

There’s a short story, “The Ungoverned,” that takes place in between The Peace War and this book. It features Wil, and shows why he’s famous by the time of this one. You can find it in True Names and Other Dangers — it’s well worth reading.

I will read more of Vinge’s work.

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