FAR HORIZONS by Robert Silverberg


All New Tales from the Greatest Worlds of Science Fiction
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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. Ursula K. Le Guin offers a new story of the Ekumen involving the themes that presently preoccupy her, the civil war and rebellion on the worlds Wewel and Yeowe. Joe Haldeman tells us what happened to Marygay during the years she was separated from William Mandella in his classic The Forever War; even better, he promises a genuine sequel. Orson Scott Card pens a new story recounting Ender Wiggin’s (Ender’s Game, etc.) first encounter with Jane the intelligent computer. David Brin further expands his wide-ranging Uplift saga (Heaven’s Reach, etc.). Editor Silverberg adds to his series of stories, thus far uncollected (“Waiting for the End,” etc.), about an alternate Roman Empire that never fell. Dan Simmons embellishes his awesomely complex far-future Endymion series (The Rise of Endymion, etc.). Nancy Kress extends her story of the struggle between groups of genetically modified humans (Beggars Ride, etc.). Frederik Pohl’s mysterious, tantalizing alien Heechee (Gateway, etc.) return to puzzle and instruct. Gregory Benford continues his mind-boggling Galactic Center saga (Sailing Bright Eternity, etc.) where, 36,000 years from now, we again meet the implacable machine known as the Mantis. Anne McCaffrey presents a new tale of Helva (The Ship Who Sang). And the redoubtable agent Olmy enjoys a new adventure along Greg Bear’s remarkable highway to infinity, the Way (Legacy, etc.). An ideal combination of the reassuringly familiar and the excitingly new: should prove as popular as its fantasy predecessor.

Pub Date: May 4th, 1999
ISBN: 0-380-97630-7
Page count: 496pp
Publisher: Eos/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 1999


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