After more than two hundred years as a corpsicle, Jaybee Corbell awoke in someone else’s body and under threat of instant annihilation if he made a wrong move while they were training him for a one-way mission to the stars.
But Corbell bided his time and made his own move. Once he was outbound, where the society that ruled Earth could not reach him, he headed his starship toward the galactic core, where the unimaginable energies of the universe wrenched the fabric of time and space and promised final escape from his captors.
Then he returned to an Earth eons older than the one he’d left, a planet that had had three million years to develop perils he had never dreamed of—perils that became nightmares that he had to escape…somehow.
The audio recording is superb, and the story a classic. Couldn't ask for more.
Terrific blast from the past
"A World Out of Time" started out as a great short story called "Rammer". Then later it turned into a book, with Rammer just as the first chapter. It's an amazing story with so many cool ideas, as well as one of my favorite imaginary pets of all time. Niven sweated all the details here. The main character thinks things through like an above-average clever person would, and sometimes things go right and sometimes they don't. When they don't, it's delightful, because the author had to be twice as clever as the character in order to add that extra layer of realism. I finished the book and enjoyed it so much I listened to it all over again. Don't be deterred by this book's original publication date. You can read it in 2012 with no mental adjustments at all. A man had himself frozen in the 70s and he was awakened far into the future. The future doesn't feel half-baked.