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Worlds of the Imperium [Paperback]

Keith Laumer
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  • Paperback: 133 pages
  • Publisher: Ace; M165 edition (1 Jan 1962)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425034666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425034668
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,876,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Saving an universe, of course 23 Jun 2001
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
This looks like a well-worn path, a lone hero entering a parallel universe to correct things gone wrong there, of course he has a genetic copy in that new locus among the countless manifolds, and he must replace the bad guy, but alas! the bad guy isn't so bad at all and new villains emerge and this is again one of Laumer's enjoyable stories with twisted plots and loved one in danger. Vintage of sixties, I'd say.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Waste of money 1 April 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
According to the cover of this awful book, Laumer is "one of America's best-selling SF writers". If Dan Brown wasn't proof enough, this book is an excellent demonstration of how "best selling" correlates poorly with actually being any good. The writing is inept and childish, the plot paper-thin, the characters - well, there aren't any. About the only thing that's any good is that the pacing is fairly consistent and Laumer does at least manage to include a beginning, middle and end. Overall, a piss-poor effort.
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5.0 out of 5 stars His mission: assasinate his alternate self 13 Nov 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The first in the adventures of Colonel Brion Bayard and the Imperium. The Imperium is a force that keeps parallel universies in check from their own world in Zero Zero Stockholm. When war faces the Imperium from an alternate reality they find their only chance in traveling to our "earth" and finding the duplicate of the person who leads the army of the attacking universe. Enter Brion Bayard. In order to ensure that his world and the Zero Zero line can remain in existance he must go on a thrilling adventure and assasinate his alternate self. Sequels include: The Other Side of Time, Assignment in Nowhere, and Zone Yellow.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written parallel universe story 1 Dec 1997
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Brion Bayard, a perfecrly normal guy from our world, isn't too amused when he is trapped and kidnapped by the inhabitants of a parallel universe inhabited with the same persons as ours, but with another history. His mind changes, as he learns to know what essential task he is needed for: The peaceful world of his hosts is in danger of being atomically devastated by invaders from another parallel world. This world is ruled by an evil dictator, with the name and the look of - Brion Bayard. The kidnapped Brion is destined to replace the dictator, but this is anything else but an easy task - and nothing is like it seems to be... This isn't one of the best Laumers (and definitely not as good as his Retief stories), but worth a look or two. For Laumer fans a must.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really very good 9 Mar 2010
By John Richardson - Published on Amazon.com
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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. 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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly Forgotten Work 29 April 2008
By Peter Dykhuis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.
4.0 out of 5 stars Nearly Forgotten Work 29 April 2008
By Peter Dykhuis - Published on Amazon.com
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.
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