Search Results: "Robert Silverberg"


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EARLY DAYS by Robert Silverberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 31, 2016

"Reading this collection is akin to watching the B-movies Quentin Tarantino has spent his career riffing off—fun for superfans and students of the genre but skippable for everyone else."
A collection of pulp-style science-fiction stories from the days when men were men and aliens were green, scaly, and up to no good. Read full book review >

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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 >

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NON-FICTION
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 >

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FIRST-PERSON SINGULARITIES by Robert Silverberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 31, 2017

"Decades after being originally published, most of these stories are still just as entertaining and powerful as they were when first released. A singularly unique collection."
The unifying theme of this collection of stories from science-fiction grandmaster Silverberg—spanning five decades, from 1956 to 1997—is that they're all told in the first person singular. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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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 >

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THIS WAY TO THE END TIMES by Robert Silverberg
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"Wonderfully written, surprisingly varied apocalyptic tales."
In a substantial anthology of stories about the end of the world, editor Silverberg (Tales of Majipoor, 2013, etc.) brings together works by both classic science-fiction writers and contemporary authors. Read full book review >

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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 >

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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 >