Old Twentieth

{4.5/5} “I was pretty certain I wouldn’t be coming back. Part of that might be my connection with, obsession with, Old Twentieth, when everybody’s life was a rainbow of accomplishments and failures, grounded in the peace of darkness at either end. Another part was simply practical. The trip was a quixotic leap into the unknown…”

Old Twentieth by Joe Haldeman, published in 2005

The population of the Earth has been decimated, and the people who are left are basically immortal. An expedition is sent to an Earth-like planet — it will take a thousand years to get there. On that voyage Jacob is a virtual reality engineer. Many people on the ships like to take a trip back to the good old twentieth century — until one of them dies.

It’s about artificial intelligence, the nature of reality, and what happens on a long journey when  you’re immortal. In addition to describing the future, several chapters describe realistic visits to the past — including World War II and the Vietnam War.

If that sounds interesting to you, you’ll like this book.

I’ve read several books by Haldeman. I previously reviewed The Accidental Time Machine.

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