I love Robert Silverberg

Posted: March 5, 2014 in Reviews
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In a fannish, book-loving way, of course. Although from his pictures he’s an imposing figure of a man even late in life, I have to admit.

I’ve had a quick, palate-cleansing break from my big pile of Black Library catch-up reading, and wolfed down Lion Time in Timbuctoo by Silverberg. Here’s a quick review of it I posted on Goodreads.

I discovered Robert Silverberg late, very recently in fact. I’d probably read a couple of his stories in anthologies here and there, but even though I’d had a bunch of his stuff hanging around the house for over a decade (a legacy of my SFX days), I only got round to reading his work these last six months. What an oversight. Silverberg has become one of my favourite authors.

This collection of stories from the 90s more than adequately demonstrates the man’s amazing imagination, his brilliance with the language, and, most important of all, his deep humanity. This guy gets people, he gets them like Ursula Le Guin gets them – that’s high praise, by the way.

If you’ve not read Silverberg, I recommend you do. Anything. Not necessarily this book, although it’s as good a place as any to start. My favourite story in this collection? Crossing the Empire. Sublime stuff.

For the benefit of readers of this blog, here’s a list of the stories in this particular book:

Lion Time in Timbuctoo

A Tip on a Turtle

In the Clone Zone

Hunters in the Forest

A Long Night’s Vigil at the Temple

It Comes and Goes

Looking for the Fountain

The Way to Spook City

The Red Blaze is the Morning

Death Do Us Part

The Martian Invasion Journals of Henry James

Crossing Into the Empire

The Second Shield

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Comments
  1. tsuhelm says:

    I went through a Silverberg splurge in the late 80’s … indeed I used to raid the SCI-FI book market stall in Leeds(doubt its still there…) and come back with bags of his stuff…he has a great sense of humour 🙂

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