Legends-Vol. 3 is the great anthology of short novels by the masters of modern fantasy.
Acclaimed writer and editor Robert Silverberg gathered eleven of the finest writers in Fantasy to contribute to this collection of short novels. Each of the writers was asked to write a new story based on one of his or her most famous series: from Stephen King's opening piece set in his popular "Gunslinger" universe to Robert Jordan's early look at his famed "Wheel of Time" saga, these stories are exceptionally well written and universally well told. The authors include King, Jordan, and Silverberg himself, as well as Terry and Lyn Pratchett, Terry Goodkind, Orson Scott Card, Ursula K. Le Guin, Tad Williams, George R.R. Martin, Anne McCaffrey, and Raymond E. Feist.
"What wonders and adventures he has to tell us," is how Ursula K. LeGuin characterized the world of Robert Silverberg, and in The Longest Way Home, he takes readers on another dazzling odyssey.Joseph, just fifteen and alone in the land known at Getfen, awakens to an attack on the Great House in which he is visiting. Narrowly escaping with his life but still pursued by enemies who wish to see him killed, Joseph must journey across a dark, unfamiliar world in his quest to return to his home of Helikis...and his father. He has thousands of miles to travel and much to learn, about this perilous alien world in transition, and about himself."What the greatly changed Joseph might find at the end of his journey, and how he might react, are questions that I came to care deeply about." -- New York Times Book Review"One of the world's finest stylists and storytellers." -- San Antonis Express-NewsA New York Times Notable Book
Lord Prestimion finds his world in the grip a fastspreading plague of madness, left as a "gift" by the rebels. Now Prestimion must track them down before the despair that infects humanity can destroy him and the world he rules.
Prequel to the other Majipoor novels, this book details the intrigue in Lord Valentine's Castle.
POMPEII! TROY! BABYLON! ANGKOR! KNOSSOS! CHICHEN ITZA! The fantastic stories of how men lived at the dawn of civilization!POMPEII -- proud city of the Caesars preserved in its last agonized moment of life by a sudden torrent of volcanic ash. TROY -- the golden treasures of a great mythical city discovered hidden beneath a hilly Turkish town. BABYLON-the great tower of Babel rising over the desert like a modern skyscraper. ANGKOR -- its vine-enshrouded towers brooding over the steaming jungles of Cambodia. KNOSSOS-glittering, maze-like palace, home of the Minotaur, where Cretan aristocracy lived in glittering splendor. CHICHEN ITZA-site of the great Mayan pyramid and the Sacred Well of death. Here are Robert Silverberg's fascinating stories of six great civilizations that lived and died as long as 7,000 years ago and the men who helped to rediscover them.
Are the Old Martians really a lost race, or are they still alive somewhere on the red planet? Sally and Jim must help their father find out!
The Classic Bestselling Saga by Science Fiction Grand Master Robert Silverberg <P> When Hissune, Lord Valentine's successor-designate and a clerk in the House of Records, is assigned to organizing the archives of the tax-collectors, he is disheartened to say the least. No one will ever have need of his findings, his useless busywork. <P> But close to the House of Records lies a far more interesting place: the Register of Souls. <P> Home to millions of telepathically recorded stories, the Register contains Majipoor's infinitely complex histories--tales of love and loss, triumph and heartbreak. And as the young prince-to-be immerses himself in the lives of those who have come before, he creates an enthralling chronicle of his own...
The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin Down There by Damon Knight How Shall We Conquer? by David R. Bunch They Live on Levels by Terry Carr The Girl Who Was Plugged In by James Tiptree Days of Grass, Days of Straw by R.A. Lafferty Notes Leading Down to the Conquest by Barry N. Malzberg At the Bran Foundry by Robin Scott Wilson Tell Me All About Yourself by F.M. Busby Three Comedians by Gordon Van Gelder The Last Day of July by Gardner Dozois(less)
These two renowned writers have invented a world not unlike our own--a world on the edge of chaos, torn between the madness of religious fanaticism and the stubborn denial of scientists. Only a handful of people on the planet Lagash are prepared to face the truth--that their six suns are setting all at once for the first time in 2,000 years, signaling the end of civilization!From the Paperback edition.
An ancient race of people called watchers are among the inhabitants of an alternate, ancient earth. The watchers dedicate their entire lives to the practice of watching the skies for an alien invasion they have always believed will come. The watchers are generally held in contempt by a complacent society until the prediction comes to pass. Humans quickly come under the control of the invaders and seem helpless to respond. One watcher struggles to find a new purpose and identity after his lifelong task is over. Aided by a lifelong friend of the Flier race, the watcher begins a trek to the mysterious city of Jorslem. He hopes to gain understanding there, and discovers hope and joy for the future. The story seems strange and foreign at first, but quickly becomes a beautiful, moving and memorable experience. Strong messages are hidden in this seemingly simple tale. The book becomes etched in memory without effort by the reader.
Tales of high-tech reproduction from the most inventive names in science fiction.
This book of eight short science fiction stories includes: The Turning Wheel by Philip K. Dick, Unreasonable Facsimile by Lester Del Rey, Heav'n, Heav'n by Eric Frank Russell, Venus Trap by Robert Silverberg, Telestassis by M. C. Pease, Wapshot's Demon by Frederik Pohl, The Case for Earth by Eric Frank Russell, The Outcasts by George H. Smith.
The companion volume to the provocative Alien Sex anthology, Off Limits pushes boundaries with twenty stimulating tales of otherworldly encountersThis second volume of the Alien Sex anthology series brings together authors Neil Gaiman, Robert Silverberg, Samuel R. Delany, Joyce Carol Oates, Elizabeth Hand, and many others to explore the mysteries of sex, alien and human alike. From an alien spy who falls in love with one of the earthlings he's monitoring, to a woman whose souvenir dream-catcher calls to her bedroom more than she bargained for, to a genetically engineered sex object aboard a space station, these thought-provoking tales of alien sex open up new worlds for fantastical exploration. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Ellen Datlow, including rare photos from the editor's personal collection.
Andrew Martin is more than the average robot and when he is brought home to the Martin' s home he quickly shows how he has additional skills to what the normal 'Android' had . He develops amazing skills allowing him to create the most beautifully hand made clocks, as well as other artistic features mainly all from wood. He wins freedom and legal rights and wishing his positronic brain could be replaced - he applies to the World court to be counted as a human in all respects.
Two identical twins zip from the past to the future in a wild time travellign adventure from the beginning to the end of time.
Humans have emerged to reclaim the Earth after the Long Winter. But they never anticipated the battle that awaited them . . . As Earth thaws after the Long Winter, the remaining human tribes journey from beneath the continent to the fertile land above. But the hjjk, an ancient insectlike race that remained on Earth's surface throughout the frozen eons, stand in their way. Keeping a tight grip on their power, the hjjks are the chief barrier to the people's further expansion in the New Springtime. When Kundalimon, a human who has lived with the hjjk for seventeen years, arrives as an emissary of peace, the tribes are wary. They rely on Nialli Apuilana, who had been stolen at thirteen by the hjjk and released months later, to ascertain his true mission. But in this new world, it's hard to know whom to trust. As both sides prepare for war, the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. The Queen of Springtime is the second book of the New Springtime series, which begins with At Winter's End. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Robert Silverberg including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection, as well as a detailed outline for the final, unrealized title in the New Springtime series, The Summer of Homecoming.
No power on Earth can resist the might of Imperial Rome, so it has been and so it ever shall be. Through brute force, terror, and sheer indomitable will, her armies have enslaved a world. From the reign of Maximilianus the Great in A.U.C. 1203 onward through the ages -- into a new era of scientific advancement and astounding technologies -- countless upstarts and enemies arise, only to be ground into the dust beneath the merciless Roman bootheels. But one people who suffer and endure throughout the many centuries of oppressive rule dream of the glorious day that is coming -- when the heavens themselves will be opened to them...and the ships they are preparing in secret will carry them on their "Great Exodus" to the stars.
A collection of six critically acclaimed novellas by science fiction Grand Master Robert Silverberg--including the Nebula Award-winning "Sailing to Byzantium" and "Born with the Dead"Robert Silverberg's novellas open the door to new worlds: In "Born with the Dead," a woman wills her body to be "rekindled" after death, allowing her to walk among the living, while her husband is left in the impossible position of accepting her death when he can still see her. In the Nebula Award-nominated story "Homefaring," the time-traveling narrator finds himself trapped in the consciousness of a lobsterlike creature of the far future, leading him to reflect on what it means to be human. And in the collection's Nebula Award-winning title story, the Earth of the fiftieth century is a place where time is elusive and fluid, and young citizens live as tourists in ancient cities. Together, the stories in Sailing to Byzantium form an engrossing exploration of the short-novel form by one of science fiction's greatest writers. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Robert Silverberg including rare images and never-before-seen documents from the author's personal collection.
26 of the best sci-fi short stories ever written. These stories were selected by members of the Science Fiction Writers of America.
As if history and nature had not provided wonders enough, through the ages humans themselves have contrived more marvels to deceive one another. Sometimes they have concocted evidence when none was available to prove pet theories; sometimes their intention has been to impress or defraud; sometimes they have acted merely for sport. Robert Silverberg tells the stories of a baker's dozen of these scientific hoaxers in a lively, good-humored book that ranges through time and across continents. Here are perpetual-motion machines and space rockets, men on the moon and serpents in the sea. The rogues' gallery is a varied one: Dr. Mesmer, who cast his hypnotic spell on eighteenth-century Paris; Charles Dawson, whose Piltdown Man challenged evolution; Dr. Cook, with his tale of "discovering" the North Pole; and many others. These are fascinating stories and more than just entertainment. The author explains the scientific background against which the hoaxes appeared and the detective work that led to their exposure. The schemers teach us to be alert, to challenge the evidence, and to appreciate the healthy skepticism that characterizes the scientific method.
The stunning novel of a man surrounded by machines that flash instantaneous pictures of everything happening... a man surfeited with drugs that allow him to be eyewitness to the living past and pleasured by sensual women who vie for his favours... a man named Shadrach who finds little rest in his miracle-infested world. A supershocker about what happens when telemetric sensors no longer suffice, when the great Khan, ruler of the Earth, needs more... when he needs to survive through the body of a virile, healthy very special man - through Shadrach Mordecai.
The classic science fiction novel, now back in print1972 Locus Poll Award nominee, best SF novelIN 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 dispassionately passionate ambisexuals of the lowest and highest order... IN THE BEGINNING... the heavens, the seas and the Earth belonged to 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! Clay is a man from the 20th Century who is somehow caught up in a time-flux and transported into a distant future. The earth and the life on it have changed beyond recognition. Even the human race has evolved into many different forms, now coexisting on the planet. The seemingly omnipotent Skimmers, the tyrannosaur-like Eaters, the sedentary Awaiters, the squid-like Breathers, the Interceders, the Destroyers--all of these are "Sons of Man". Befriended and besexed by the Skimmers, Clay goes on a journey which takes him around the future earth and into the depths of his own soul. He is human, but what does that mean?
With cosmic irony and rampant inventiveness, Star of Gypsies hurtles to a triumphant denouement that sees a once-dispossessed and scorned people become masters of a galactic dominion, led by one of the most charismatic characters in fiction--past, present and future. Yakoub, King of the Gypsies.
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