Related to: 'Musings and Meditations'

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Tales of Majipoor

Robert Silverberg
Authors:
Robert Silverberg

From one of the masters of SF comes this new collection of stories, all set on his most famous creation - the massive world of Majipoor.Spanning all of the world's history, these stories will illuminate and explore the remarkable setting that has enthralled so many over the years.Two of these stories were originally published in the Legends series of short story collections, and have been unavailable for some time.

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A Time of Changes

Robert Silverberg
Authors:
Robert Silverberg

Three thousand years after Earth's colonization of the planet Borthan, stories of self-serving hypocrisy that occurred among the first arrivals have bred a culture that forbids emotional sharing and denies the naturally human concept of 'self.' The result is a lasting peace, but at a terrible price. For it is a peace without love, without self, where even the mention of the word "I" is taboo.Spurred on by the arrival of an Earthman with a self-baring drug, Kinnall Darival breaks the strict code of the Covenant to record the sordid details of his rebellious life from the days of his royal youth to self-appointed prophet of love. He begins his account with the greatest of heresies:'I am Kinnall Darival and I mean to tell you all about myself.'Winner of the Nebula Award for best novel, 1971

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The Gate of Worlds

Robert Silverberg
Authors:
Robert Silverberg

From Turkish dominated Europe, across the high seas to the land of opportunity - the Aztec Empire. Dan Beauchamp is a young Englishman whose heart longs for fortune and adventure. But industrial Mexico is a long way from primitive Britain, and Dan has a lot to learn. From the city of London - better known as New Istanbul - to the untamed wilderness of North America here is a high adventure not to be missed.

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Thorns

Robert Silverberg
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Robert Silverberg
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The Man In The Maze

Robert Silverberg
Authors:
Robert Silverberg
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Hawksbill Station

Robert Silverberg
Authors:
Robert Silverberg

In the mid-21st century, time travel is used to send political prisoners to Hawksbill Station, a prison camp in the late Cambrian Era. When the latest arrival suspiciously deflects questions about his crimes and knowledge of 'Up Front', the inmates decide to find out his secret.First published in 1968

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Across a Billion Years

Robert Silverberg
Authors:
Robert Silverberg

Scattered throughout the globe of human-occupied space is evidence of a civilisation that bestrode the galaxy before humanity was born. Now, a strange device has been discovered that shows the details of that great civilisation. The details include a star map and hints that the High Ones are not extinct after all.The map beckons, and humans, being what they are, will follow. To the next great step in human destiny - or ultimate disaster.(First published 1969)

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Nightwings

Robert Silverberg
Authors:
Robert Silverberg

Old Earth has reached its Third Cycle, a tired planet basking in the faded glories of a lost civilisation. Long ago it had been great - but the pride and greed of its rulers had brought about a terrible downfall. And now Earth was threatened. Far out in space an alien race waited. Once they had been the victims of a crime perpetrated by the human race - now they were ready to return as conquerors. As a Watcher, Tomis had spent his life searching the skies for signs of the impending invasion. And when it finally came, it was to disrupt not only his world but his whole life in a way he had never dreamed was possible.(First published 1969)

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Three Survived

Robert Silverberg
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Robert Silverberg
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To Live Again

Robert Silverberg
Authors:
Robert Silverberg

Paul Kaufmann is dead - but his mind lives on.And the mind of a financial genius is always in demand.Mark Kaufmann, the old man's nephew and heir, wants it, to ensure the future of the Kaufmann empire.The ruthless and self-made John Roditis, Mark's great rival, wants it, to give him the social status he has always lacked.And Risa, Mark's self-willed and sensual daughter, wants what a mind like Paul's can give, for reasons all her own.

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Up the Line

Robert Silverberg
Authors:
Robert Silverberg
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Tower Of Glass

Robert Silverberg
Authors:
Robert Silverberg

Simeon Krug's obsession is to see a tower built, on kilometre high, that will reach out to answer the voice from space. The Androids are his tools; superb, man-like creations of Man. The Androids take Krug for their God, and seek to become one with flesh-and-blood mankind through his wisdom. But Krug is not God - and it takes a God to control the terrible emotions Krug has stirred . . .

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Son of Man

Robert Silverberg
Authors:
Robert Silverberg

IN THE BEGINNING . . .There was no Brooklyn, no St. Louis, no Shakespeare, no moon, no hunger, no death . . .IN THE BEGINNING . . .There were no real men, no real women, nothing but the dispassionately passionate ambisexuals of the lowest and highest order . . .IN THE BEGINNING . . .The heavens, the seas and the Earth belonged to a more intelligent species than a man called Clay could ever have dreamed possible in his own time . . . but his own time as a man had passed, and now his time as the son of man had come!

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The Second Trip

Robert Silverberg
Authors:
Robert Silverberg

Manhattan 2012: Nat Hamlin's brilliant career as an artist came to an end the day he went insane and embarked on a murderous rampage ... his sentence: Total Personality Replacement. Lissa loved Nat for his passion, now she loves him again - but as Paul Macy - for his warmth and kindness. Now each personality wants her help in battling the other, for with her Power, the man she chooses can kill the other. Lissa is terrified. She has to send one of her loves to his destruction. If she chooses the wrong man, the horror will never end.

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The World Inside

Robert Silverberg
Authors:
Robert Silverberg

The year is 2381. The place is Urban Monad 116 of the constellation Chippitts. The population of this one-thousand storey super-structure is 800,000+ and always growing. After two centuries of ruthless, selective breeding, the essence of life is to be blessworthy and to multiply; to afford one's neighbours any type of sexual fulfilment and, above all, to avoid the evil of frustration.But, within this seemingly blissful vertical world there are individuals who feel such perverse desires as a longing for privacy, a wish to descend from the heights, to walk on earth and bask in the sunshine. These rebel throwbacks to an earlier Earth are dangerous, disruptive elements. And they must be destroyed - if they do not destroy themselves first . . .

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Dying Inside

Robert Silverberg
Authors:
Robert Silverberg

Born with the extraordinary power to look deep within the human heart, David Selig recklessly misuses his gift in the pursuit of pleasure, until his power begins to die and he must come to terms with what it means to be truly human. This is a fascinating portrait. Never has the experience of telepathy been conveyed so vividly, so excitingly, so chillingly. And never has Silverberg created so moving a story, as he depicts the flux of dying and thrust towards rebirth.

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The Stochastic Man

Robert Silverberg
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Robert Silverberg
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Shadrach in the Furnace

Robert Silverberg
Authors:
Robert Silverberg

The year is 2012. The world lies ravaged by biological warfare, its population decimated by a ferocious genetically-transmitted disease known as the organ rot. And presiding over the ruins is a ninety-three-year-old tyrant, preserved in a state of youth by a series of organ transplants: the self-styled Genghis Mao.Shadrach Mordecai, Genghis Mao's trusted personal physician, was a vital cog in the great machine devoted to keeping the ruler alive: linked to him by a network of electronic implants, Shadrach was able to detect and diagnose the first signs of malfunction in his lord and master. But close as he was to the aging dictator, Shadrach could not have known that events would soon plunge him into a desperate struggle - a struggle in which a paragon of idealism faced the very incarnation of evil.

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Gilgamesh the King

Robert Silverberg
Authors:
Robert Silverberg

'You will be a King, and Great King, and then you will Die, and you may not avoid that destiny, try as you may¿'Two-thirds god, one-third human, Gilgamesh is a giant among men and a formidable warrior, even as a boy. When his father the king of Rurk dies, Gilgamesh is forced into exile by the newly crowned Dumuzi, jealous of his prowess and fearful of his intentions.In neighbouring Kis his fighting skills are honed to perfection, and when in time Dumuzi dies, Gilgamesh returns to be proclaimed king by the wily priestess Inanna, goddess of beauty. Together they rule Uruk, and prosperity descends upon the land.However, the kingship is not enough to satisfy Gilgamesh's gargantuan appetite for adventure, and his boredom is only relieved by the coming of Enkidu, a strange wild man who proves the king's equal in combat. The two become closer than brothers, but when Gilgamesh incurs the wrath of Inanna, the gods conspire to tear them apart, and for Gilgamesh all that remains is his search for immortality.In retelling the legend of the great Sumerian monarch, Robert Silverberg brings all his superb storytelling powers to a mesmerising tale of ambition, power and obsession, against the background of an ancient and fearsome world.

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The Book Of Skulls

Robert Silverberg
Authors:
Robert Silverberg

Four students discover a manuscript, The Book of Skulls, which reveals the existence of a sect, now living in the Arizona desert, whose members can offer immortality to those who can complete its initiation rite.To their surprise, they discover that the sect exists, and is willing to accept them as acolytes. But for each group of four who enter the rite, two must die in order for the others to succeed.