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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
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Robert Silverberg
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The Man In The Maze

Robert Silverberg
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Robert Silverberg
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Hawksbill Station

Robert Silverberg
Authors:
Robert Silverberg
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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
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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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To Live Again

Robert Silverberg
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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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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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Dying Inside

Robert Silverberg
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Robert Silverberg
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Shadrach in the Furnace

Robert Silverberg
Authors:
Robert Silverberg
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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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Star of Gypsies

Robert Silverberg
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Robert Silverberg
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At Winter's End

Robert Silverberg
Authors:
Robert Silverberg

The Long Winter is over.The People of the New Springtime must go out and reclaim their world.For generations the survivors of the cataclysm have sheltered in cocoons buried in the earth and waited for the gods to grow tired of hurling down death-stars onto a frozen world. Now it is time for Koshmar and the boy-chronicler, Hresh, and the rest of Koshmar's tribe to emerge into the sun. A strange and savage landscape awaits them, where rat-wolves, bloodbirds and soulless hjjk-men stalk - and terrifyingly altered other creatures.In the ruins of Vengiboneeza, the ancient capital of the sapphire-eyes folk, Hresh dares to celebrate their triumph - and suffers a shattering defeat at the realisation of a great and terrible truth.(First published 1988)

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The Face of the Waters

Robert Silverberg
Authors:
Robert Silverberg

It is the year 2450. Humanity is scattered among the stars, which teem with intelligent life, while the home world has been destroyed by an inadvertent catastrophe two hundred years before. Thus all Earthmen are exiles, and Earth itself is only a memory.Hydros is a world of great complexity. It has almost no landmass, only a great globe-encompassing ocean with occasional tiny islands. Its seas swarm with apparently intelligent life-forms of a hundred kinds, and one - a bipedal humanoid form - has created a kind of land for itself: floating islands, woven from sea-borne materials, buffered by elaborate barricades against the ceaseless tidal surges that circle the planet.To Hydros have come an assortment of Earthmen. For them it's a world of no return: having no form of outbound space transportation. This brilliantly inventive novel tells their story, as they travel across the planet's endless ocean in search of the mysterious area from which no human has ever returned - the Face of the Waters.(First published 1991)

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Kingdoms of the Wall

Robert Silverberg
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Robert Silverberg

For Poilar Crookleg, the Pilgrimage to Kosa Saag has been a lifelong dream. Each year twenty men and twenty women attempt to reach the Summit, converse with the gods, and return with new knowledge. A few Pilgrims return as madmen. Most are never seen again.Poilar and his childhood friend Traiben are determined to survive the terrifying journey not as madmen but as teachers of wisdom. Traversing mysterious Kingdoms and blasted landscapes, braving ghosts and monstrous apparitions, they will arrive at the secret of the gods themselves - a secret that will shatter centuries of belief and change their world forever.

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The Alien Years

Robert Silverberg
Authors:
Robert Silverberg

The new millennium has barely begun when a vast fleet of alien vessels descends without warning on the Earth. Some starships blaze mighty trails of fire; some pop into view, unfathomably silent. Three different but equally strange kinds of alien emerge. Wide-eyed UFOlogists who rush to welcome them are scooped up like bugs collected for study.The aliens make no response when the governments attempt to communicate with them, but a single act of resistance to them provokes massive retaliation. This is the first major catastrophe of the alien years and it will be followed by others. In silence the aliens take control of the world, effortlessly enslaving what remains of its population.On a remote California ranch, the Carmichaels are a family of blue-eyed, straight-backed patriots, flawed by narrow thinking and repressed emotions - but redeemed by their courage. With them rests the slender hope that natives of Earth may one day be free.(First published 1997)

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Lord Valentine's Castle

Robert Silverberg
Authors:
Robert Silverberg
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Majipoor Chronicles

Robert Silverberg
Authors:
Robert Silverberg

Come to Majipoor, the magnificent, exotic planet of LORD VALENTINE'S CASTLE. Come with Hissune, favourite of Lord Valentine, as he probes the deepest secrets of Majipoor's long past in the depths of the great Labyrinth.Join Hissune as he becomes one with its many peoples - dukes and generals, thieves and murderers, Ghayrogs and Metamorphs - and discovers wonder, terror, longing and love, and learns the wisdom that will shape his destiny.(First published 1982)

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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.