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Author: Robert Silverberg
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Time Hoppers by Robert Silverberg



Made and printed in Great Britain by William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd, Glasgow. From the way it sounded, they were talking about the time-hoppers. He looked at his two superiors more carefully, now that his eyes were no longer blurred by fear and the anticipation of humiliating punishment.

The Time Hoppers book. Thus, it was with a bit of decided trepidation that I ventured into Robert Silverberg's "The Time Hoppers," but as it turns out, I needn't have worr This longtime sci-fi buff has a confession to make: Some time travel stories leave me with a throbbing headache. Not that I don't enjoy them, mind you; it's just that oftentimes, the mind-blowing paradoxes inherent in many of these tales set off what feels like a Mobius strip feedback loop in my brain that makes me want to grab a bottle of Excedrin

The Time Hoppers (1977). About book: This longtime sci-fi buff has a confession to make: Some time travel stories leave me with a throbbing headache. Not that I don't enjoy them, mind you; it's just that oftentimes, the mind-blowing paradoxes inherent in many of these tales set off what feels like a Mobius strip feedback loop in my brain that makes me want to grab a bottle of Excedrin. Thus, it was with a bit of decided trepidation that I ventured into Robert Silverberg's "The Time Hoppers," but as it turns out, I needn't have worried

The Time Hoppers" is also a trove of ideas that Silverberg would develop more fully in his later work: Peter Kloofman, the 132-year-old Class One governmental head, who has stayed alive only via multiple organ transplants, is but a warm-up for the Genghis II Mao IV Khan character in 1976's "Shadrach in the Furnace"; the problems of extreme overpopulation. One person found this helpful.

View More by This Author. This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device. ROBERT SILVERBERG confronts the paradoxes of time travel in a brilliant novel of the 25th century, when the only escape from suffocation in a totally controlled environment is to hop backward through time. Since time hopping rearranges the past on which the structure of current existence is based, it must be stopped - but not too quickly.

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The Time Hoppers is a science fiction novel by American writer Robert Silverberg, first published by Doubleday in 1967. The plot concerns Joe Quellen, a 25th-century bureaucrat charged with investigating "hoppers", travelers from the future whose presence in the past has been documented for hundreds of years, and his brother-in-law, Norman Pomrath, an unemployed blue collar worker who ends up being presented with an opportunity to travel back in time.

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Gaua
This longtime sci-fi buff has a confession to make: Some time travel stories leave me with a throbbing headache. Not that I don't enjoy them, mind you; it's just that oftentimes, the mind-blowing paradoxes inherent in many of these tales set off what feels like a Mobius strip feedback loop in my brain that makes me want to grab a bottle of Excedrin. Thus, it was with a bit of decided trepidation that I ventured into Robert Silverberg's "The Time Hoppers," but as it turns out, I needn't have worried. Silverberg is amongst the most lucid of science fiction imaginers, and here, even when setting forth those inevitable temporal paradoxes that come with all time travel stories, he does so clearly, and in a way that gave this reader no problem whatsoever.

Isaac Asimov, one of the giants of the field, has been quoted as saying "I made up my mind long ago to follow one cardinal rule in all my writing--to be clear," and Silverberg, who collaborated with Doc Ike on three occasions, has always seemed to follow that dictate as well. Expanded from his 1954 short story "Hopper," "The Time Hoppers" was released in 1967, a watershed year for Silverberg. (After editor Frederik Pohl induced Silverberg to return to writing sci-fi full-time, the author began to write with a maturity and imaginative depth not seen in his prolific work before; a more literate quality, with greater emphasis on characterization, sex, drugs and adult themes, came to the fore.) The book was originally released as a Doubleday hardcover; just one of six Silverberg sci-fi novels that year, in addition to eight "naughty bawdy" novels, six sci-fi short stories, and 11 books of nonfiction. That's over two books a month, if you're counting!

In "The Time Hoppers," the year is 2490, and the Earth has become an overpopulated, overdeveloped mess. The bulk of humanity--at least, those with a Class 10 rating and below--lives in tiny, windowless, one-room apartments with their small nuclear families. The reader meets Joseph Quellen, a Class 7 by dint of his position as a "CrimeSec" in the Secretariat of Crime, who lives in the impossibly widespread city known as Appalachia. But Quellen, despite his midlevel bureaucratic job and PRIVATE, single-room apartment, harbors a criminal secret--he is guilty of having built for himself a private abode in the heart of the Congo, which he reaches from his place in North America by using a "stat" (think of the transporters on "Star Trek," a program that in 1967 had just barely started to impress). Quellen's lot becomes even more problematic when he is given a new assignment by the unseen High Government: track down the means by which the "hoppers" have been escaping the troubled present by emigrating into the past. For the previous five years, some unknown person has enabled some 60,000 folks to flee backwards in time; the High Government wants the emigration ended, and the time travel device in its own hands. But what will happen if someone who is already in the historical records as a hopper is prohibited from going back? Wouldn't that conceivably change, alter, possibly topple all future history? And meanwhile, as Quellen prosecutes his investigation, his Class 14 brother-in-law, Norman Pomrath, decides that he is at the breaking point, and begins to look for a way to abandon his family and...hop....

Of the two dozen or so Silverberg books that I have read so far, "The Time Hoppers" is the one that reminds me most forcefully of a novel by Philip K. Dick (although it is dedicated to Michael Moorcock AND although Silverberg, of course, is a much better, more disciplined writer than Dick). As in a Dick book, here, Silverberg shows a great empathy for his "little people," for their miserable plight in an environment over which they have zero control; as in Dick's "The Simulacra," top figures at the head of the government are revealed to be (very slight spoiler ahead) fictitious constructs, and even mechanical in nature; as in so many Dick novels, recreational drug use has become not only legal, but encouraged (Norm is a devotee of the "sniffer palaces," where he inhales a hallucinogenic gas in order to escape from his troubles).

"The Time Hoppers" is also a trove of ideas that Silverberg would develop more fully in his later work: Peter Kloofman, the 132-year-old Class One governmental head, who has stayed alive only via multiple organ transplants, is but a warm-up for the Genghis II Mao IV Khan character in 1976's "Shadrach in the Furnace"; the problems of extreme overpopulation would be dealt with more fully in 1971's "The World Inside"; the idea of thrusting political prisoners into the past, only briefly touched on here, would find a fuller expression in that same year's novella "Hawksbill Station" (which first appeared in the August '67 "Galaxy" magazine), and via an even grander exposition in the 1970 "Hawksbill Station" novel. Silverberg makes his Earth of some five centuries hence a colorful one, adding such sci-fi touches as those stat devices, earwatches, quickboats (think: airborne buses), spray-on garments for women, the inevitable visiscreens, some truly ingenious bugging devices...and a listing of some of the atrocious crimes of the future. We are also made privy to a bizarre religious rite that Quellen is forced to attend by his galpal Judith: "social regurgitation." Without going into the yucky details, let's just say that this manner of communion would probably prove a big hit with modern-day bulimics!

"The Time Hoppers" is complexly plotted and moves at a breathless pace. It is filled with well-drawn secondary characters, and--as is the case with all great sci-fi--practically every page boasts some interesting idea, unexpected plot development, or imaginative detail. Silverberg, in this book, even manages to conflate the centuries-old legends of the Princess Caraboo and Kaspar Hauser (possible time travelers?). Quellen makes for a sympathetic and likable lead character, and the reader will cheer at his ultimate fate as the story wraps up marvelously. Finally, a time travel novel that didn't leave this reader with an aching head, despite the many paradoxes brought up. (Perhaps I will not be so leery when I dive into Silverberg's 1969 time travel novel "Up the Line"!) "The Time Hoppers" is an almost perfect novel; I could discern only one flub by the author, and that involves a hopper going back in time from 2490 to the year 2051, and reflecting that he had gone back 449 years; that should be 439 years, of course. But this mistake can easily be forgiven, as the hopper later ponders the fun he'll have thinking of 2490 with his fellow émigrés, and thus gets to deliver the novel's single most memorable line: "We'll reminisce about the future."

(By the way, this review originally appeared on the Fantasy Literature website, an excellent destination for all fans of Robert Silverberg.)
Άνουβις
Silverberg throws in plenty of fine ideas: time travel; corrupt government bureaucrats; weird drugs; surveillance technology. But the characters are thin and mostly unsympathetic. And the plot is too predictable with only a moment or two of drama or suspense.

As another reviewer said, pass on this one unless you are a Silverberg completist, a time travel completist, or similar. If you're not, then I recommend you put this book in a time machine and send it back to some pre-Gutenberg era.
Kizshura
The Time Hoppers takes place in an overpopulated world held in check by a rigorous numerical system of classes. Each class receives a certain category of job and a certain allotted area of space. The higher the class the more space allotted -- Class 2s receive a second house in the mostly abandoned continent of Africa (teleporters transport them back and forth between residences). The lower classes share crowded dormitories. The lowest classes seldom receive any jobs and subsist on a government dole. The world is controlled by the ancient figure of the Class 1s who "live" in expansive residences far underground. Drugs are legalized and government controlled (along with brothels etc) since they distract the masses. Likewise, homosexuality is generally acceptable since it reduces the birth rate (families are allowed two children). Strange cults (some involve communal religious vomiting) proliferate as members of society desperately search for meaning in their regimented, predictable, and generally destitute lives.

Silverberg barely touches on any of these fascinating social issues with anything more than a mere sentence or two... The plot is facilitated by a classic technological advance which takes advantage of the resulting social pressures of overpopulation -- the time machine. Alas...

Brief Plot Summary (limited spoilers)

Joseph Quellen, a Class 7, works for the Secretariat of Crime. He's ordered to investigate the mysterious use of a time machine to transport "hoppers" to a less crowded past. The people who take up the offer to travel back in time are the completely disillusioned -- generally the jobless and those unable to rise upward in the class system and receive slightly larger oxygen doles and more housing space. The government, or rather the all-powerful Class 1s deep underground, are against this unlicensed use of time travel for fear of changing the present. The paradoxes presented are the standard unimaginative ones -- you could meet yourself, you could die and all your descendants which could invent things don't, etc. Boring.

Quellen, desiring above else more space to live in, has sequestered illegally a Class 2 residence in Africa. His co-worker, Bogg, has ferreted this out and uses it as a bargaining chip to extract money from his boss. This plays an important role later in the novel.

So, Quellen figures out the name of a man planning on jumping back in time and has him tracked. The government cracks down and prevents him from arresting the men for fear of changing the present. Quellen's brother-in-law, a increasingly delusional jobless lower class individual, plans on jumping. Quellen is alerted by his sister and through a series of hints and clues figures out the kingpin behind the jumps. However, Quellen and his various colleagues in the Secretariat of Crime are tempted themselves to use the machine!

Final Thoughts

Silverberg's World is interesting but all too hastily done. The world attempts to prop up a very banal, predictable, tension-less, and the frustratingly simple plot acted out by cardboard characters. At the very least, the social environment influences the actions of the characters...

The Time Hoppers is a paint-by-the-numbers novel with an intriguing world but little else. The questions raised by time travel are unoriginal and silly. Silverberg's prose is far below his best -- for a brilliant novel on overpopulation read his masterpiece The World Inside.

For the Silverberg completest only... Well, and those addicted to time travel novels regardless of their quality... And, well, readers like me who'll read any sci-fi novel touching on the social ramifications overpopulation...