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Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Marooned in Realtime

Marooned in Realtime by Vernor Vinge

3 of 6 people found the following review helpful:

September 19, 2001

"Marooned" is a decent sci-mystery book, not really great, but it moves along well enough to be a good read.

Short summary: one of the most prominent of the last survivors of humanity is murdered and former cop Wil Brierson is put on the case. Ultimately there's a huge conspiracy to co-opt and destroy the tiny human colony, which Brierson and his allies unravel.

The story itself is pretty bland, but the background technology and concepts are more interesting. The reason that most of humanity disappears is unknown, but some people managed to unwittingly survive by putting themselves in stasis bubbles called "bobbles". More than a mystery, this also provides a sociological look at how to rebuild a fallen civilization.

Overall, like I said, it's not great, but it's good. "Marooned" is worth the money.

P.S. - If you like sci-mystery, check out "The Icarus Hunt" by Timothy Zahn, the science end may not be as great, but I thought the mystery end was better.

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