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ISBN:0425034666
Author: Keith Laumer
ISBN13: 978-0425034668
Title: Worlds Of the Imperium
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Language: English
Category: Thrillers and Suspense
Publisher: Berkley; First Edition edition (August 1, 1977)

Worlds Of the Imperium by Keith Laumer



I dropped the book back into my pocket and moved off casually toward the Alley of Skeppar Olof. I hoped there was no gate across the entrance. My shadow waited a moment, then followed. Why did you kidnap me?"

SO, here goes, a Laumer spree. The book starts out a bit slow. Yes, there's action on page one, but it drags through the first half. The second half is almost non-stop action of the type I've learned to expect from Laumer. Jan 08, 2019 Gregory DeLaCastro rated it it was amazing.

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Worlds of the Imperium is a parallel-universe novel, and one of the first to use this idea effectively. It creates the idea of a continuum (today we would call it a multi-verse), where we have counterparts in worlds with different histories. Once humans learned to travel between worlds, the common flaws of greed, avarice, and lust for power of course came into play. We follow a character named Brion Bayard as he is recruited into service by an intelligence service that patrols these parallel worlds. But things are not what they seem. The book deals with the concept of parallel universes. The concept is relatively well thought out by Laumer and given to us in more detail then I expected he would do in such short novels. The story deals with the conflicts played out between the worlds of these parallel universes and how they impact each other both knowingly and unknowingly. Overall I thought this was a really good read.

When Brion Bayard was kidnapped and brought to the alternate world where Earth's history took a different turn, it was not a pleasant experience. It was, however, a startling experience. Here was a world that was just like the Earth he was taken from--with just a few subtle changes. On top of all this, Brion was given a puzzling assignment by his captors. He was to secretly enter a palace, and kill a dangerous and tyrannical dictator. There was one, small catch--the hated dictator in this world was the mirror image of Brion Bayard. For on an Alternate Earth, Brion's is his own worst enemy!
Reviews: 7
Ndlaitha
Worlds of the Imperium is a parallel-universe novel, and one of the first to use this idea effectively. It creates the idea of a continuum (today we would call it a multi-verse), where we have counterparts in worlds with different histories. Once humans learned to travel between worlds, the common flaws of greed, avarice, and lust for power of course came into play. We follow a character named Brion Bayard as he is recruited into service by an intelligence service that patrols these parallel worlds. But things are not what they seem. An excellent novel by my favorite author. A real page-turner full of intrigue and fascination. Why couldn't *I* get recruited to travel between worlds, you will ask yourself.
Bele
An old-fashioned, 60-70's style SF novel. Multi-dimensional to say the least (an inside joke relating to the content...), a good example of Keith Laumer's more serious work.
Nilarius
Worlds of the Imperium (1961) is the first SF novel in the Imperium series. It starts in Stockholm a decade or more after the end World War II.

In this novel, Brion Bayard is the son of French emigres who had died in a plane crash. He was a Major in the US Army during the war. Now he is a forty-two year old diplomat.

Winter is a Chief Captain in Imperial Intelligence. He is fascinated by Brion's background.

Gustaf Bernadotte is the King of Sweden.

Manfred Rittmeister is Friherr of Richthofen and the Head of German Intelligence.

Hermann Goering is a planner in German Intelligence.

Bale is a Chief Inspector of Imperium Intelligence.

In this story, Brion is kidnapped by agents of Imperial Intelligence. He is rushed into a boxy vehicle and it moves away. He eventually learns from Winter that the Imperium is a crosstime polity.

Brion is taken to Stockholm Zero-Zero. He is interviewed by four men of importance to the Imperium: Bernadotte, Bale, Richthofen, and Goering. Bale doesn't seem to like him and the feeling is mutual.

Bernadotte introduces himself as a Swedish general. He explains the history of the Imperium and its rise after the invention of the Maxoni-Cocini drive. He says that the blight surrounding Zero-Zero -- the home world of the Imperium -- has resulted mostly from mistakes by other inventors of the drive.

However, there are three known undamaged timelines within the Blight: Zero-Zero, Blight-Insular 2 and B-I 3.

B-I 2 was discovered by the Imperium over a decade previously. It had been almost destroyed by warring factions. Much of it was radioactive. It was ruled by a dictator.

B-I 3 was discovered only recently. It is Brion's home world. It has a common history with B-I 2 until about 1911. Then they went in separate ways.

Bale tells of the first attempt to arrange diplomatic relations with B-I 2. Two agents sent to the timeline were held captive. One was killed and the other was tortured. The tortured man escaped and was retrieved by the Imperium,

The Imperium made no further attempts to contact B-I 2. Then B-I 2 invented an M-C drive and started raiding other worlds in the Imperium. The Imperium tried to stop the raids without success.

An Imperial scout ship located a raider and destroyed it. Two raiders were captured and talked freely. But then another raider left a nuclear weapon on an Imperium world. The device destroyed a sizable part of a city.

The Imperium doesn't have nuclear weapons. So they scouted B-2 and discovered the name of the dictator. Bernadotte showed Brion a picture of the man. He is a duplicate of Brion.

This tale gives Brion a chance to be a hero. He isn't inclined to accept the offer. Then he learns more about Imperial society.

Brion is sent to B-I 2 to assassinate his alternate. The next installment in this sequence is The Other Side of Time.

This story is much like H. Beam Piper's Paratime series. People crossing time with devices and trading with other timelines. Piper was a contemporary of Laumer, but Laumer published his stories two decades before Piper. Yet the concept goes back to Sideways in Time, originally published in 1934.

Highly recommended for Laumer fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of alternate worlds, crosstime travel, and a bit of romance. Read and enjoy!

-Arthur W. Jordin
Bludsong
The book deals with the concept of parallel universes. The concept is relatively well thought out by Laumer and given to us in more detail then I expected he would do in such short novels. The story deals with the conflicts played out between the worlds of these parallel universes and how they impact each other both knowingly and unknowingly.

Overall I thought this was a really good read. The pace of the story was fast and what one would expect of a tightly written story. It always amazes me how much thicker today's science fiction novels tend to be versus those of 30 or 40 years ago. Could it be as simple as the art of tight writing and a strong editor are lost today?

The characters are not that strongly developed and this seems to be the sacrifice Laumer makes to keep the stories to the point. The characters are developed only as absolutely necessary to the story so of course the only character we are attuned to is the single main character.

I recommended and if you enjoy the genre at all I think you will enjoy the novel as well.
Dianaghma
The book deals with the concept of parallel universes. The concept is relatively well thought out by Laumer and given to us in more detail then I expected he would do in such short novels. The story deals with the conflicts played out between the worlds of these parallel universes and how they impact each other both knowingly and unknowingly.

Overall I thought this was a really good read. The pace of the story was fast and what one would expect of a tightly written story. It always amazes me how much thicker today's science fiction novels tend to be versus those of 30 or 40 years ago. Could it be as simple as the art of tight writing and a strong editor are lost today?

The characters are not that strongly developed and this seems to be the sacrifice Laumer makes to keep the stories to the point. The characters are developed only as absolutely necessary to the story so of course the only character we are attuned to is the single main character.

I recommended and if you enjoy the genre at all I think you will enjoy the novel as well.