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eBook The Palace at Midnight (The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg, Vol. 5) ePub

by Robert Silverberg

  • ISBN: 1596063211
  • Category: Short Stories and Anthologies
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Robert Silverberg
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Subterranean; Deluxe Hardcover Edition edition (September 30, 2010)
  • Pages: 480
  • ePub book: 1613 kb
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  • Rating: 4.1
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However, the version reproduced here is that which appeared in The Conglomeroid Cocktail Party, June 1984, by Robert Silverberg.

However, the version reproduced here is that which appeared in The Conglomeroid Cocktail Party, June 1984, by Robert Silverberg. Thesme and the Ghayrog first appeared in Majipoor Chronicles, February 1982, by Robert Silverberg. At the Conglomeroid Cocktail Party first appeared in Playboy, August 1982. The Trouble With Sempoanga first appeared in Beyond, Spring 1982.

List of the published work of Robert Silverberg, American science fiction author. By publication date except Majipoor (1980 to present). Revolt on Alpha C Thomas Crowell (1955). The 13th Immortal Ace D-223 (1956). Master of Life and Death Ace D-237 (1957). ISBN 671783-9-8, Avon S369 (1968), Tor (1986). The Shrouded Planet (with Randall Garrett, as Robert Randall) Gnome (1957), Mayflower-Dell (1963), Starblaze (1981).

The Palace at Midnight book. My one real complaint about the volume is that Silverberg too often let himself go: there are a number of instances that left me feeling that there were more words than story, and while Silverberg can be a brilliant stylist - witness the short bit of madness that is At the Conglomeroid Cocktail Party - he has a tendency to let style take over when.

And of course Alice Turner was right that I would be back to her almost immediately with another story. I had heard Bill Rotsler, a friend of mine, say to a young man who was bothering him at a science-fiction convention, Go away, kid, or I’ll change your future. At which I said, No, tell him that you’ll change his past, and suddenly I realized that I had handed myself a nice story idea. I wrote it in January, 1982-its intricate time-travel plot unfolded for me with marvelous clarity as I worked-and Alice bought it immediately for Playboy’s June, 1983 issue.

Robert Silverberg (1935 - ) Robert Silverberg has been a professional writer since 1955, widely known for his . His most recent book is Tales Of Majipoor (2013), a new collection of stories set on the giant world made famous in Lord Valentine's Castle.

Robert Silverberg (1935 - ) Robert Silverberg has been a professional writer since 1955, widely known for his science fiction and fantasy stories. He is a many-time winner of the Hugo and Nebula awards, was named to the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 1999, and in 2004 was designated as a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. He and his wife Karen and an assorted population of cats, live in the San Francisco Bay Area in a sprawling house surrounded by exotic plants.

This series of nine volumes will collect all of the short stories and novella-length that SF Grand Master Silverberg wants to take their place on the permanent shelf. Each volume will be roughly 150,000-200,000 words, with classics and lesser known gems alike. The author has also graced us with a lengthy introduction and extensive story notes for each tale.

Written by. Robert Silverberg. Manufacturer: Subterranean Release date: 30 September 2010 ISBN-10 : 1596063211 ISBN-13: 9781596063211. add. Separate tags with commas, spaces are allowed. Use tags to describe a product . for a movie Themes heist, drugs, kidnapping, coming of age Genre drama, parody, sci-fi, comedy Locations paris, submarine, new york.

Some of the boys have suites at the palace, but I like it better here. He opened the door to the deck and stepped outside. Somehow, now that he was home, the night was not so cold. He thought about the Realm of Wicca, far off up there in green, happy Oregon sending a hundred fifty thousand kindly Goddess-worshiping neopagans down here to celebrate the rebirth of the sun. A nuisance, a mess, a headache.

Robert Silverberg is one of the best writers of SF - ever. From 1968 or so to the mid-70's Silverberg probably had the best five year run of any SF writer in producing great work. Even Heinlein never had a straight run of great work in one five of six year period. Heck, the only similar run of great work in SF was happening almost at the same time in .

Somehow, for all my outward pretence of cold-eyed professionalism, all my insistence that writing is simply a job like any other, I've discovered to my surprise and chagrin that there's more than that going on around here, that I write as much out of karmic necessity and some inescapable inner need to rededicate my own skills constantly to my--what? My craft? My art? My profession? I wrote these stories because the only way of earning a living I have ever had has been by writing, but mainly, I have to admit, I wrote these stories because I couldn't not write them. Well, so be it. They involved me in a lot of hard work, but for me, at least, the results justify the toil. I'm glad I wrote them. Writing them, it turns out, was important for me, and even pleasurable, in a curiously complex after-the-fact kind of way. May they give you pleasure now too. --Robert Silverberg, from his Introduction

Comments

ALAN ALAN
Robert Silverberg quit writing from 1973-78, returning with the excellent novel Lord Valentine's Castle: Book One of the Majipoor Cycle, and he began writing short science fiction again in 1980. This large anthology collects 23 pieces published between 1980 and 1982 (short stories, novelettes and novellas), selected by Silverberg himself. While nothing will probably ever surpass the brilliant work Silverberg did in the late 1960s and early 1970s (if you're new to Silverberg, I would start with To the Dark Star: The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg, Volume Two and next go to Something Wild is Loose: The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg, Volume Three), this collection comes close. There are some weak spots, of course (inevitable in any anthology), and some repetition of themes and plot devices (this was the era when Silverberg began to publish fiction in Playboy, and we get a fair number of stories involving sex between humans and aliens), but they are outweighed by a lot of excellent stories, full of beautiful writing and mind-expanding ideas. Some of my personal favorites are "Our Lady of the Sauropods," a brilliant use of the unreliable-narrator device; "A Thousand Paces Along the Via Dolorosa," exploring both religious ecstasy and the psychedelic drug experience; the thought-provoking "The Pope of the Chimps"; and the absolutely exquisite novella "Homefaring." Highly recommended.
WUNDERKIND WUNDERKIND
Silverberg is always a good read. Some stories stand up better than others but the author's ideas and style set him apart from other SF writers of the era. His writing always keeps my interest even if the story itself turns out to be somewhat weak. On the other hand, there are some powerful stories in this collection. If you haven't read Silverberg lately, do yourself a favor and pick up this volume.
Orevise Orevise
THE PALACE AT MIDNIGHT, volume 5, covers only two years (1980-82), a time when Silverberg -- fresh off the success of LORD VALENTINE'S CASTLE (which would become both a cash cow and source of semi-creativity in future sequels, in the 1990s), began to write stories nearly as quickly as he did in his early days as a pulp fiction writer. The stories during that period ranged from excellent ("Waiting for the Earthquake", "Amanda and the Alien", "Homefaring", "The Pope of the Chimps", "The Far Side of the Bell-Shaped Curve", "Needle in a Timestack", etc.) to solidly average (average for Silverberg, but above average as goes the rest of the crowd). Not award winners here, but plenty of stories that were nominated. And the tenor of the tales runs from crazily inventive (as with "Pope") to solid SF that far outstrips the rest of the field ("Amanda..."). As before, the forewords to each story are a big bonus as well.

Personally, I would recommend potential buyers interested in the Short Fiction of Robert Silverberg pick up a copy of
THE BEST OF ROBERT SILVERBERG -- available in trade paperback from Subterranean, which updated the volume after the hardcovers sold out -- and a copy of MULTIPLES, volume six of The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg.
You won't go wrong with those two, five and half star, books!

THE REST OF THE VOLUMES
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TO BE CONTINUED, the first volume of THE COLLECTED STORIES OF ROBERT SILVERBERG is essential not only for handful of stories that were far above average ("The Road to Nightfall", "Warm Man", etc.) -- above average as goes the stories of a 20-something writer -- but also because of the insightful notes on the art of fiction and on the craft of being a writer, from his give and take with editors to how he sometimes had to hustle. (5 STARS)

TO THE DARK STAR, volume two, is likewise invaluable because of the insightful forewords (insightful to future writers and to historians and biographers), and even MORE essential when it comes to the quality of the stories (classics like "Hawksbill Station", "To See the Invisible Man", "Sundance", "Flies" and the Nebula Award-winning "Passengers"). The stories in volume two are the first in Silverberg's early oeuvre to be filled with serious moral questions, complex characters and bizzare plot twists. And his writing is all the better for it, of course. It's as if -- for the first time --Silverberg decided to invest his emotions as well as his intellect. And the quality shows. The notes about writing -- forewords before each story -- are equally revelatory. Excellent stuff. (5 STARS)

While SOMETHING WILD IS LOOSE, volume 3, "only" contains one classic story ("Good News From the Vatican", a Nebula Award winner) -- unlike volume 2 -- but it IS filled with the unbridled inventiveness of a writer "reinventing himself" (before the stories in volume 2, Silverberg was -- admittedly -- churning out stories purely for cash. Nothing wrong with that; but it doesn't make for fiction worth revisiting or fiction that will actually change the outlook of reader and/or win awards and recognition from one's peers). So most of the stories herein deal with political and social upheaval, as well as personal demons ("In Entropy's Jaws", "The Feast of St. Dionysus", "Caught in the Organ Draft", etc.). But I'd have to say this one looses one star because of the lack of an extra classic story. It is one that supposedly was left out on purpose -- because it was a novella, which is incredibly dumb of both the editor publisher of Subterranean and the author: The story, a novella, is "Nightwings", and it is not only one of Silverberg's best, it is a classic SF story (and like the best of Silverberg, filled with emotional, not just intellectual, depth). Leaving the 1969 story "Nightwings" out of either a best of collection -- the editor and the author weren't silly enough to do that with Silverberg's best of collection; but as other "best of" collections from Subterranean prove (those of Lucius Shepard and, especially, Kage Baker -- which left out Baker's award winners, "The Women of Nell Gywne's and "The Empress of Mars", likely for financial reasons since both had been produced as smaller, stand-alone books). (4 Stars)

TRIPS, volume 4, would warrant the original price of entry alone for the Nebula-Award-winning novella, "Born With the Dead". But along with that story, the reader gets "The Dybbuk of Mazel Tov IV", "Trips", "In the House of Double Minds" and "Schwartz Between Galaxies". Almost makes me wonder if Silverberg did mind-altering drugs. As with the previous four volumes, Silverberg includes forewords that provide insight into the craft and art of writing fiction -- not to mention this business side of things -- as well as a bit of a window onto the era know as the '60s (mid 1960s to early '70s).
(41/2 Stars)

MULTIPLES, volume 6, is -- thus far --the slowest selling of Silverberg's latter volumes, which puzzles the frack out of me, because -- alongside with volume 2 and the almost-five star volume four -- I would rate this as one of the essential volumes of The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg. In fact, if you buy THE BEST OF ROBERT SILVERBERG -- instead of investing in each of these volumes -- I'd say that to have the best, most complete, collection of great Silverberg short fiction, you need this volume -- volume six (which covers 1983-1987). Not only do you get "Tourist Trade", "Sunrise on Pluto", "Against Babylon" and "House of Bones" (some of the best SF/fantsy written in the 1980s), you ALSO get the "The Pardoner's Tale" (a clever retelling of the old Chaucer bit), "Gilgamesh in the Outback", a Hugo-award-winning novella set in the afterlife (the underworld, naturally), "Sailing to Byzantium" the Yeats-inspired novella that was and is both a crowd favorite and multiple nominee for awards, as well as "The Secret Sharer", a novella that takes Conrad's classic story sets in deep space. It was up for Hugo and Nebula awards but (in my opinion) was robbed (it is one of the finest, most moving, stories Silverberg ever published). "The Secret Sharer" is worth the price of entry alone, but for some reason -- even with all of the classic, award-winning stories, and five-star storytelling, buyers and knuckle-brained aficionados have avoided this one. Go figure. Their loss (as always, the forewords are lagniappe).
(51/2 stars)

While WE ARE FOR THE DARK, volume 7, continues to include a lot of solid short fiction (the title story, "Lion Time in Timbuctoo", "A Tip on a Turtle"), as well as an award winner (the Hugo Award-winning, "Enter a Soldier. Later: Enter Another") as well as the last of Silverberg's truly great (intellectual AND emotional) pieces of fiction ("Another Country", a riff on C.L. Moore's "Vintage Season". One of Silverberg's more brilliant writerly traits is his ability to reworks ideas or themes, or to find an entire story of his own in a "throwaway" line by another writer. He does as much with this story).
As with the other volumes, although they are starting to become more about the business side of things and less about the writing process, the notes/forewords for each of the stories are still quite invaluable. (4/12 stars)

HOT TIMES IN MAGMA CITY, volume 8, seems to betray both a bit of lackluster in "the Silverberg of the '90s" and in the mostly retired writer now putting together this multivolume collection of short fiction. The stories are still head and shoulders above what the majority of writers were publishing in the '90s (many of them --"Thebes of a Hundred Gates", "The Way to Spook City", etc. -- more so), but they are beginning to take on a make-work quality. The 1990s was a time when Silverberg was attempting to co-write books with his friend Isaac Asimov (who was dying) and to jump-start a series of novel sequels, a trilogy that takes off from where LORD VALENTINE'S CASTLE (and it's two subsequent sequels, a novel and a collection of stories in the mid 80s), left off. Only the last book in the second trilogy fared well with reivewers and readers. So it's no wonder that Silverberg's attention, and likely energy, was on the wane. As for the usually insightful forewords: those in this volume are largely about payments, wordage and other business-related subjects.
Although there were other volumes planned, volume eight, for this reader, signals a sea change in SIlverberg's writing that will be more evident in later stories. They are _intellectually_ spot-on, but they have lost a great deal of heart. Sounds corny, but without emotional impact, stories don't connect with readers. Silverberg started off as a bright, intellectual -- and energetic -- writer who knew how to craft stories for a large variety of markets, which ensured him a way to make a better than-average living as a writer. Not something most writers ever accomplish. But his early stories (SF, crime, horror, etc.) lacked heart, and therefore depth and gravitas. When he changed up his thinking, in the mid-to late 1960s, he suddenly became the owner of just a lot of writing awards, and the writer of a LOT of classic stories that won the minds and the HEARTS of readers. Somewhere along the way, be it due to needing to write furiously (again) to pay the bills and/or because of the waning energy that hits everyone as we get older, Silverberg's fiction lost its heart.
Sadly, this volume is when it starts to happen. (3 stars)
Hellstaff Hellstaff
This volume of Silverberg's collected stories, the fifth in this series, is, like the others, full of good SF stories. I wouldn't say Silverberg is a spectacular writer, but he is a solid professional with a smooth style and these stories are all a pleasure to read. There is a lot of the standard SF stuff, like dinosaurs, time travel, scientists and strange alien creatures, but Silverberg also writes about people and their relationships and how they react to novel circumstances, and he does it well.

Each story has a pretty extensive preface in which Silverberg talks about his life, writing and editing career, his relationships with magazine editors and other SF writers, and the history of SF, all of which is quite interesting.

Recommended.