Search Results: "Robert Silverberg"


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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: 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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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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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 >

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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 >

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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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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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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 >

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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 >

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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 >