Now ibooks proudly presents a collection of Silverberg's best short fiction, as selected by the author. The 1950s: The Road to Nightfall, The Macauley Circuit, Sunrise on Mercury, Warm Man. The 1960s: To See the Invisible Man, Flies, Passengers, Nightwings, Sundance. The 1970s: Good News from the Vatican, Capricorn Games, Born with the Dead, Schwartz Between the Galaxies. The 1980s: The Far Side of the Bell-Shaped Curve, The Pope of the Chimps, Needle in a Timestack, Sailing to Byzantium, Enter a Soldier. Later, Enter Another. The 1990s: Hunters in the Forest, Death Do Us Part, Beauty in the Night. The 2000s: The Millennium Express, With Caesar in the Underworld.
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Fifty years after making his first professional story sale, SFWA Grand Master Silverberg offers a compendium of 23 top-notch tales, ranging from 1954's "Road to Nightfall" to 2002's "With Caesar in the Underworld." Younger SF authors should take note: these short works represent all that science fiction can and should be. A few border on fantasy, such as the poignant "Born With the Dead" (1974) with its theme of loss. Others reflect the experimental trends that emerged in the 1960s and proved unpopular with fans, such as "Schwartz Between the Galaxies" (1973), which remains less readable than the author's usual. "Sailing to Byzantium" (1985) may be Silverberg's ultimate triumph, a dazzling mix of archeology and haunting fantasy. In the brief introductory essays to each section, divided by decade, as well as the illuminating essays for each story, Silverberg comes across as neither unduly modest nor arrogant. One of the great rewards of this generous book is the journey of discovery, watching his growth from stories capably told but still in debt to their pulp antecedents to high-quality fiction that is indubitably Silverberg's own. FYI: Silverberg received the SFWA's Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award at the Nebula Awards ceremony this past April.
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True to its subtitle, this culling of Silverberg's best, or, at least, best-known, short fiction starts with "Road to Nightfall" (1954) and concludes with "With Caesar in the Underworld" (2001), thereby including stories first published in each of six decades, despite the overall interval of only 47 years. In between are such classics as "Nightwings," "Good News from the Vatican," "Schwartz between the Galaxies" (one of several stories in which Silverberg asserts his Jewish identity), and "Sailing to Byzantium." A high percentage of these pieces were nominated for awards, including the Hugo and Nebula, and several won. Those familiar with Silverberg's total output may find themselves thinking, on reading this book, that he is better at shorter lengths than at novels. Introductions to the stories detail much about Silverberg's writing, thinking, and publishing, and together constitute a valuable sidebar to the history of sf publishing. One of the year's most valuable collections. Frieda Murray
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