The stories in Volume 6 of the Collected Stories were written between 1989 and 1995, appearing in Playboy and in shared-world anthologies.
LION TIME IN TIMBUCTOO: the Black Death of 1348 wiped out nearly all the population of Western Europe instead of just one fourth, and the survivors were unable to resist the westward march of the expansionist Ottoman Turks…
A TIP ON A TURTLE: A mysterious tall man has the knack of knowing which turtle will win the races held in a Caribbean hotel. But then, he knows everything.
IN THE CLONE ZONE: seven years ahead of the headlines about the cloned sheep Dolly, Silverberg wrote this sinister story about human cloning…
HUNTERS IN THE FOREST: a nasty little item in which the most dangerous beast turns out not to be the obvious one.
A LONG NIGHT’S VIGIL AT THE TEMPLE: the only science-fiction story ever written as a homage to J.R.R. Tolkien.
IT COMES AND GOES: an odd little story, occupying the hazy borderline between science-fiction and fantasy, about substance abuse.
LOOKING FOR THE FOUNTAIN: An alternate America: Spanish conquistadores in the New World and a vagrant band of Crusaders.
THE WAY TO SPOOK CITY: A brilliant icy sheen lights everything up in the Occupied Zone, but for a spooky patch of darkness.
THE RED BLAZE IS THE MORNING: the woeful story of a veteran archaeologist in the last days of his career.
DEATH DO US PART: A quasi-immortal falls in love with someone of normal lifespan.
THE INVASION DIARIES OF HENRY JAMES: James’s eyewitness account of the War of the Worlds.
CROSSING INTO THE EMPIRE: the mighty capital
of a great empire vanishes… and reappearS in modern-day Chicago.
THE SECOND SHEILD: Metaphorical matter about the artist’s anguished struggles.
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‘We travel in the hands of a master. Silverberg’s touch is assured, his prose clean and wonderfully effective… Silverberg succeeds brilliantly in conveying the unknowable strangeness of the universe.’
‘Silverberg seems capable of amazements beyond those of mere mortals’
Strange histories and alternative futures feature in Volume 6 of the Collected Stories. Robert Silverberg's fertile imagination explores the consequences of an even more virulent Black Death in 1348 than the one our ancestors lived through; the woeful last days of a veteran archaeologist and his pact with the dead; the fortunes of a vagrant band of Crusaders in the New World; Henry James's eyewitness account of the War of the Worlds; a brilliant icy sheen over the Occupied Zone – and a spooky patch of great darkness; the vanishing of the mighty capital of a great empire – and its reappearance as modern-day Chicago … and much more, including the only science-fiction homage to J.R.R. Tolkien ever written.
"There are two things that abide; absolute awe at Silverberg's capacity for creating images … and the compassion that colours every word"
"Silverberg's invention is prodigious"
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"We travel in the hands of the master…Silverberg succeeds brilliantly in conveying the unknowable strangeness of the universe."
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Book Description Firebird Distributing, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 6512208