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The World at the End of Time

The World at the End of Time Wan To was the oldest and must powerful intelligence in the universe a being who played with star systems as a child plays with marbles Matter occupied so tiny a part of his vast awareness that human

  • Title: The World at the End of Time
  • Author: Frederik Pohl
  • ISBN: 9780586212752
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Paperback
  • Wan To was the oldest and must powerful intelligence in the universe, a being who played with star systems as a child plays with marbles Matter occupied so tiny a part of his vast awareness that humans were utterly beneath his notice.The colonists of Newmanhome first suffered the effects of Wan To s games when their planet s stars began to shift, the climate began to coolWan To was the oldest and must powerful intelligence in the universe, a being who played with star systems as a child plays with marbles Matter occupied so tiny a part of his vast awareness that humans were utterly beneath his notice.The colonists of Newmanhome first suffered the effects of Wan To s games when their planet s stars began to shift, the climate began to cool down, and the colony was forced into a desperate struggle to survive.Viktor Sorricaine was determined to discover what force had suddenly sent his world hurtling toward the ends of the universe And the answer was something beyond the scope of his imagination even if he lived for 4000 years

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    1. Frederik Pohl

      Frederik George Pohl, Jr was an American science fiction writer, editor and fan, with a career spanning over seventy years From about 1959 until 1969, Pohl edited Galaxy magazine and its sister magazine IF winning the Hugo for IF three years in a row His writing also won him three Hugos and multiple Nebula Awards He became a Nebula Grand Master in 1993.

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    1. It is obvious that Frederik Pohl loved math and science, and often wrote stories laced with detailed facts of specific subject matter in those fields. "The World at the End of Time" is especially recommended for those who are interested in the life and death of stars and the mechanics of the universe. There are two parallel stories here. One is of Wan-To, an intelligent plasma-being that lives inside stars. The other is centred around Viktor Sorricaine who lives throughout an extremely long time [...]


    2. An incredible pure-science-fiction book!The breathtaking quest of a man and a plasm-organism through time and space is presented in parallel together with their experiences and problems and everything is described scientifically in huge details which doesn't disturb the fast track of a tiny galaxy through the universe while it collapses together with all the stars.So what shall that part of mankind which survived on the newly colonated Newmanshome do without a sun or any other source of energy?A [...]


    3. Fascinující hard scifi, která se chvílemi čte jako deníček nadšeného astronoma.Hlavní hrdina tu putuje díky teorii relativity skrz čas a to dává čtenáři náhled na vývoj lidstva i vesmíru samotného z větší perspektivy. Nepamatuju si žádnou jinou knihu, po jejímž dočtení bych měla tak silný pocit nepatrnosti vlastního jsoucna v gigantickém časoprostoru.Co četbu téhle výjimečné knihy kazilo byly postavy - z nějakého důvodu tu prakticky schází kdokoli asp [...]


    4. Interesting treatment of the effects of living through relativistic time dilation, characters are reasonably well drawn, and technology is well represented. The main issue I had with it was that the billion-year-old intelligences behaved and thought like precocious toddlers and teens. Despite the antics of the plasma intelligence Wan-To, the book was enjoyable, and the bleakness of a sky without stars was effective.


    5. -Con personajes individuales en medio de escenarios científicos realistas de escala masiva.-Género. Ciencia ficción.Lo que nos cuenta. Wan-To es una entidad de plasma inteligente que vive en el corazón de una estrella G-3 de tamaño mediano que, a diferencia de otros como él (o ello), no cree que la materia sólida pueda crear inteligencia. Victor Sorricaine es un joven pasajero de una de las tres naves humanas interestelares con la misión de poblar nuevos mundos y extender la especie en l [...]


    6. Jedna z mych nejoblibenejsich scifi knizek. Je to hodne subjektivni, ale na me zapusobila fakt hodne. Poprve jsem ji cetl jako male decko, a zpusob jakym podava neskutecnou velikost/cas vesmiru, relativisticke efekty atd je proste uzasny. Pribeh je taky dobry, misty trochu pritazeny za vlasy, ale celkove se me to proste hafo libilo. Knizku jsem cetl asi 4x a urcite dam nekdy znovu :)


    7. This book was great. Not the best when it comes to character development, but the story and scientific ideas were fascinating. Great classic hard sci-fi at its best. If you just want a plain fun interesting story that plays with scientific what-ifs check this one out. Highly entertaining and a book that makes you think.


    8. A cool story. It isn't particularly well written in terms of storytelling, but the novel creatures and the historic length of the storyline makes it a good read. It cannot be far from the truth to say that the time span covered in this story is the longest in SF history.


    9. Now I remember why I love Sci-fi so much. This was a great science fiction story. I loved how the two main characters' stories (Wan To - the godlike plasma being and Viktor the human being originally from Earth)were told simultaneously but separately. Very thought provoking!!


    10. Pohl offers in this work an extremely imaginative plot (though I don't know how original it is). But the story built around the plot is disappointing.The plot entangles the fate, over a period of 10^40 years, of humans and a small family of sentient plasma-based entities. The latter, represented chiefly by one named Wan-To, possess not only high intelligence and power over physical matter and energy, but also very human traits such as jealousy, anxiety, paranoia, loneliness, and boredom. Wan-To' [...]


    11. Throughout the novel's roughly four thousand year span, two main themes were eternally present, albeit in different forms - survival and perspective. The premise of the story is a human civilization that has mastered space travel and cryogenic freezing technology and with the rigor expected of a hard science fiction novel, this story too explores several interesting scientific and technological phenomena. This novel follows the life of the main character, Viktor Sorricaine, throughout three main [...]


    12. I wanted to like this more than I actually did, I have enjoyed other nooks by Pohl. Some BIG ideas, but a long slow stretch in the second half and a sometimes whiny main character pulled me out of it a little bit.




    13. I love Pohl's mind and the concepts he comes up with, but this book wasn't very well written. And I didn't care about the characters. Nothing sucked me in sadly.


    14. Hey, this is pretty cool.Not the most unheard of novel ever, but classical style off-planet sci-fi.Nice speculations about the universe and its fate.



    15. I've read this book two, perhaps three times. If it's not the best thing I've ever read, it's in my top five. Pohl has an imagination that simply doesn't know any bounds.


    16. I was lent this book by a friend. I had never read anything by Frederik Pohl before, but I knew of him because he wrote the introduction to the collection of Cyril Kornbluth's short stories that I read recently.This was a cracking good read. Hard scifi, mildly didactic regarding stellar astrophysics, along with some reasonable speculations about setting up colony ships that cannot travel faster than light. Pohl played around with General Relativity and some of the proposals that have been floate [...]


    17. Very interesting idea when it comes to stars and settings, but a complete bore when it comes to human storyline. Not recommended.


    18. The World at the End of Time is an interesting sci-fi classic by Frederik Pohl that takes a whole lot of brilliant ideas and mixes them in one book. In the book, two narratives are explored, one from the viewpoint of a human named Viktor and another of an Entity know only as Won-To. They contrast against each other in ways to reveal the history from the beginning and end of the universe.The World at the End of Time gives the reader a satisfying large number of concepts to chew on, but at the sam [...]


    19. Having just ground my way through my first , I wasn't expecting to enjoy this too much -- hard sci-fi on the epic scale is often best in moderation. I was pretty impressed by this one.I've read Pohl before -- although I can't put my finger on a specific title beyond the cover of Land's End looking awfully familiar -- as a lesser star in the Clarke / Asimov / Heinlein galaxy. This one has some spectacularly outlandish happenings well thought-out, and decent characters (like his entire generation [...]


    20. Audiobook 15:10 (See Comments 4 my tech. details & template)Enjoyed it in the main, although the characters and some situations were not particularly ones that I enjoyed experiencing. The star-being was interesting (though I wish he had been featured more often) , and the hero's jumps through time and subsequent disorientation were well described. I found the narrators voice (William Dufris) quite tolerable but not excellent. Admittedly a very subjective opinion based on only my 3rd audioboo [...]


    21. This is a 'pure' science fiction book and the ideas it presents have actually followed me through the past few years, my mind keeps turning to the central points of the book. It is certainly an unusual book and while I am unlikely to re-read it, I have been made to think.The story is about two entities - human and non-human - that spread from man's space flight to the dying days of the universe when the stars go out. This span of time and the changes in the human culture caused by Wan-To (indire [...]


    22. I found the early chapters and characters (including Viktor and Wan-to) to be shallow and I almost abandoned the story. But I am glad I stayed with it as is often the case with Pohl's writing, he leaves readers thinking about some of the relationships, scenarios, and ideas that come up in the story. He can also be thoughtful about social transformation amidst massive change, whether it be environmental, technological, religious, or political. The vision of humanity at the end of time--with a lo [...]


    23. This is one of those books that I had read decades ago and picked up again. It had been long enough that I didn't remember any of it when I read it the second time, except in a very vague sense. Using artificial hibernation, Pohl throws one of the main characters decades and centuries forward, challenging his perception of reality, while showing that the same time span to the other main character is nothing at all. I don't want to say more than that to spoil it, but you'll understand the second [...]


    24. Such an odd book. It divides its narrative chapter by chapter between a human sent on a cryoship to begin a new colony, and a powerful being of light whose kind manipulate great energies. In places (especially the Wan-To chapters) it drags for me A little too much science in my science fiction. But, I really enjoyed the characterization of Viktor and the bizarre saga of what happens to him, and to the human race. All in all, an enjoyable read.


    25. takovej docela fajn uvod do astrofyziky (coz neni uplne neco, co ja cekam od scifi, ale nakonec to bylo to nejprinosnejsi z cele knihy), nicmene styl psani je trochu pres ruku a i pribeh mi prijde nejakej nedomrlej, opakujici se, bez nejakeho zvlastniho prekvapeni, smyslu nebo invence. citelnost snizuji i napr. popisy, ktere jsou casto napsany negativne -- tj. nerika jake neco je, ale jake to neni.


    26. Wow I know this is written by a 'Grandmaster' and all but this was incredible disappointing. It did tend to wander off into a lot of exposition but it did hold my interest until the end. As I approached the final chapters I was wondering "how the heck is he going to finish this?" The answer: he doesn't. The book just simply ends! Major plot lines are just left hanging, as if there will be a sequel but there isn't.


    27. I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't connect with this story. A great concept that could have been a great mind bender. The main character starts out the story as a child and is much older by the end. Yet, he doesn't seem to change or develop much along the way. Sometimes I just questioned where in the world the story was trying to go. It's a very science-centric book, which I usually like but maybe I'm just not smart enough to get this one.


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