Books by Robert Silverberg

ROMA ETERNA by Robert Silverberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 4, 2003

"Works better as individual stories, where Silverberg can bring his scholarship to bear, than as a quasi-novel whose overall justification grows steadily more improbable."
From the veteran author/editor (The Longest Way Home, 2002, etc.), a fix-up consisting of ten stories, 1989-2003, some of which have appeared before in somewhat different form, whose premise is a highly familiar one: What if the Roman Empire never fell? Read full book review >
THE LONGEST WAY HOME by Robert Silverberg
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 9, 2002

"Silverberg handles his protagonist's absorbing material and spiritual odyssey from naïve youth to weary journeyman with quiet, precise wisdom."
A coming-of-age yarn, the first independent novel from veteran writer-editor Silverberg since The Alien Years (1998). Read full book review >
THE KING OF DREAMS by Robert Silverberg
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 12, 2001

"Turgid—sentences swell into paragraphs, paragraphs bloat into pages, pages expand to fill entire chapters—though empty of wit, zest, or creativity: the terminal episode in a hitherto interminable series subsides with no more than a tiny gasp."
Completing the Prestimion trilogy and, we're told, bringing the entire fantasy/SF Majipoor Cycle (Lord Prestimion, 2000, etc.) to a conclusion. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 1, 2001

"The quality of the fiction's not in dispute, but it's hard to justify that sky-high price tag for a short volume consisting mostly of reprints."
Volume 35, in case anybody's keeping score. Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 1999

"An ideal combination of the reassuringly familiar and the excitingly new: should prove as popular as its fantasy predecessor."
Last year Silverberg presented Legends, a set of new stories by the original authors and set in the fantasy worlds they made famous; this volume does the same for science fiction. Read full book review >
THE AVRAM DAVIDSON TREASURY by Avram Davidson
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 14, 1998

"Dense, erudite, and literary, these stories seem destined to find a small but highly appreciative audience."
All agree that Davidson (1923—93) was a gifted and technically accomplished writer with a good ear for dialogue. Read full book review >
LEGENDS by Robert Silverberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 1998

"So the answer is: probably yes. ($250,000 ad/promo)"
Eleven substantial new "short novels" set in (mostly) famous multivolume fantasy worlds that need little or no introduction. Read full book review >
THE ALIEN YEARS by Robert Silverberg
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Realistic, often intriguing, but too episodic to be fully involving."
Alien invasion yarn from the veteran author of Sorcerers of Majipoor (1997), etc. Seven years from now, huge alien spaceships appear all over the Earth; in California, a ship's exhaust carelessly causes vast brushfires that pilot Mike Carmichael dies trying to extinguish. Read full book review >
SORCERERS OF MAJIPOOR by Robert Silverberg
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 1997

"Nearly 500 pages of elegant, soporific twiddling; even Majipoor addicts are likely to find their attention wandering."
Another of veteran Silverberg's yarns set on Majipoor, the giant planet inhabited—for the most part amicably—by humans along with a bewildering array of aliens (The Mountains of Majipoor, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
HISTORY
Released: April 1, 1997

"Sophisticated, well-expressed, and often controversial, these essays are more for Silverberg's longtime fans than for new readers."
A collection of magazine columns by a leading science fiction writer. Read full book review >
STARBORNE by Robert Silverberg
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: June 1, 1996

"Another polished and agreeable presentation, constrained by its overly familiar scenario; the present-tense narrative doesn't help—though some sparks of originality would've worked wonders."
In veteran writer-editor Silverberg's (The Mountains of Majipoor, 1995, etc.) 23rd century, Earth faces terminal decline, so it makes a last effort to send forth a starship to locate and colonize new worlds. Read full book review >
THE MOUNTAINS OF MAJIPOOR by Robert Silverberg
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 15, 1995

"Thin, but polished and agreeable and familiar."
After a considerable absence, Silverberg again takes up his Majipoor chronicles (Lord Valentine's Castle, 1980, etc.). Read full book review >
HOT SKY AT MIDNIGHT by Robert Silverberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 17, 1994

"The plentiful, well thought-out ideas and professionally engaging characters do not quite compensate for the strained plotting and feebly unsatisfying windup: an average outing for the veteran editor-writer, promising more than it delivers."
Near/medium-future yarn involving genetic engineering, pollution, space habitats and espionage, from the author of The Face of the Waters (1991), etc. Victor Farkas, a genetically engineered eyeless man with compensating all-round proprioceptive vision, and also an agent of the giant Kyocera-Merck corporation, travels to the space habitat Valparaiso Nuevo seeking Dr. Wu, the genetics whiz who engineered his sight without eyes. Read full book review >
THE POSITRONIC MAN by Isaac Asimov
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 1, 1993

"Still, there's bound to be an audience for Asimov's last novel, even if he didn't actually write it."
Third and final collaboration between the late Asimov and Silverberg (Nightfall, 1990; The Ugly Little Boy, 1992), this based on Asimov's famous long story "The Bicentennial Man." Read full book review >
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 1992

Inaugural volume of a major Silverberg retrospective, featuring 24 substantial stories, 1981-88, with autobiographical introductions. Read full book review >
THE UGLY LITTLE BOY by Isaac Asimov
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

"Skeptics and cynics, however, will again simply wonder why they bothered."
Asimov's famous long story "The Ugly Little Boy" (cf. the equally renowned "Nightfall," novelized by the authors in 1990) first appeared in 1958 in Galaxy magazine and described the emotional repercussions resulting from a 21st-century time-travel experiment in which a Neanderthal child is brought into the present. Read full book review >
MURASAKI by Robert Silverberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 15, 1992

"Still, if you liked Medea, you'll certainly like this."
Shared-world anthology (of Harlan Ellison's 1985 Medea), using a scenario created by two veteran writers, Poul Anderson and Frederik Pohl (the inspiration here is, of course, the poet Lady Murasaki's famous 11th-century Tale of Genji), and featuring stories by them and the stellar lineup of David Brin, Gregory Benford, Greg Bear, and Nancy Kress. Read full book review >
UNIVERSE 2 by Robert Silverberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 1992

"About average overall, with new ideas few and far between and a stale writers'-workshop air hanging over much of the proceedings."
The Universe series, comprising previously unpublished material, once edited by the late Terry Carr, was revived in 1990 by the Silverbergs (note the change in publisher from Universe 1). Read full book review >
THE FACE OF THE WATERS by Robert Silverberg
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 15, 1991

After the sun goes nova and destroys the Earth, humans survive only in small groups on far-flung planets like Hydros, a world with no land masses at all; here, humans are permitted to share the floating islands built by the Gillies, one of several intelligent native species. Read full book review >
NIGHTFALL by Isaac Asimov
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 7, 1990

"Bound to have curiosity appeal."
Asimov's long story "Nightfall" (1941), written when he was just 21, concerns the inhabitants of a planet with six suns. Read full book review >
LETTERS FROM ATLANTIS by Robert Silverberg
Released: Oct. 30, 1990

The real story of Atlantis: In the 21 st century, scientists can send thought patterns of researchers back in time. Read full book review >
SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
Released: Sept. 1, 1971

An extensively revised edition of Clarke's Going Into Space (1954), with new chapters on space stations and "harvests of space" (benefits incurred from space exploration to date). Read full book review >