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A World Out of Time

Written By:Larry Niven - 1976

  • A World Out of Time  - Larry Niven cover


In this brilliant new novel, one of the best and most popular of today's younger science-fiction authors takes an audacious leap into a stunningly distant future, with a story of remarkable astrophysical implications. A World Out of Time tells of Jaybee Corbell's one-man (but not one-presence) odyssey into the future, from his awakening in the twenty-second century—and his conversion from frozen "corpsicle" to spaceship pilot for the State—through a galactic tour that shunts him three million years ahead, to a homecoming on a puzzlingly transformed, relocated Earth. In trying to discover what has happened in his 3,000 millennial absence, Corbell meets a solitary, once-beautiful, ever-vindictive Norn named Mirelly-Lyra; her cat snake pets and other curious animal mutants; and a colony of almost-immortal "Boy," survivors of a legendary war with the almost-immortal "Girl," a war in which one side controlled the heavens and the other the Earth. Conceived and written with wit, technical sophistication, and striking imagination, A World Out of Time is prime Niven for a large and growing audience of fans.


"This fantastic novel is a mix of Niven hard science and a time-travel concept to boggle the mind. The rest is action, movement, excitement, visual writing—even after the last line the feeling remains of the story still rushing on into the magic distance of the universe." —A.E. van Vogt