- By Robert Silverberg

Sailing to Byzantium

  • Title: Sailing to Byzantium
  • Author: Robert Silverberg
  • ISBN: 9780743487115
  • Page: 415
  • Format: Paperback
  • Sailing to Byzantium The world s most distinguished author of the literature of the fantastic presents his most extraordinary stories of worlds lost and dreams fulfilled In his illustrious forty five year career as a nove

    The world s most distinguished author of the literature of the fantastic presents his most extraordinary stories of worlds lost and dreams fulfilled In his illustrious forty five year career as a novelist and author of short fiction, Robert Silverberg has belonged in the company of the best writers of the 20th century His writing has been compared to Conrad, Huxley, aThe world s most distinguished author of the literature of the fantastic presents his most extraordinary stories of worlds lost and dreams fulfilled In his illustrious forty five year career as a novelist and author of short fiction, Robert Silverberg has belonged in the company of the best writers of the 20th century His writing has been compared to Conrad, Huxley, and Orwell In this definitive collection Silverberg presents the novellas that have won him multiple Hugo and Nebula Award nominations, including his Nebula Award winning achievement, Sailing To Byzantium Here are the virtuoso performances of the third phase of Silverberg s astounding career the Nebula Award nominee Homefaring the Hugo Award nominee The Secret Sharer Thomas The Proclaimer and We Are For The Dark If you are a lover of Silverberg s work or are simply looking for a place to begin a relationship with the literature of science fiction and fantasy, this is the place to start.Contents Sailing to Byzantium 1985 Homefaring 1983 Thomas the Proclaimer 1972 We Are for the Dark 1988 The Secret Sharer 1987

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    1. Robert Silverberg’s 1985 collection of six award winning novellas ranks high on a list of excellent publications for this Grandmaster of the genre. His mastery of this short medium is akin to Ursula K. LeGuin.Silverberg’s magnificent title novella, “Sailing to Byzantium” reminded me of his 1966 novel Son of Man (which I did not get or like) but done much better; in both he had an excellent concept, also reminiscent of Poul Anderson’s oddly misunderstood Harvest of Stars.“Thomas the P [...]

    2. I love the first story, Sailing to Byzantium. The prose is elegant, and I like the ending, too. A few times during the reading, I had a sneaking suspicion that the plot might be quite predictable, and in part, it was, but I still like it. I love how the namesake poem by William Butler Yeats is used throughout the story. And it's a good love story. I'd say this is one of the best stories I've read this year. The book contains 5 other stories:Thomas the ProclaimerBorn With the DeadHomefaringWe Are [...]

    3. I only read the story "Sailing to Byzantium"."Αρμενίζοντας για το Βυζάντιο", εκδόσεις Alien.Πρόκειται για μια αρκετά ενδιαφέρουσα και πρωτότυπη νουβέλα, μείγμα φαντασίας και επιστημονικής φαντασίας. Ο Τσαρλς Φίλιπς είναι άνθρωπος του εικοστού αιώνα, που βρέθηκε ξαφνικά στον πεντηκοστό, σε μια Γ [...]

    4. When I was reading about the Pharos (Lighthouse) of Alexandria, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, it was mentioned that one of its many representations in modern culture was in Robert Silverberg's sci-fi novella 'Sailing to Byzantium.' Intrigued, I ordered the book at my local library and proceeded to read not just the initial reference, but the other four pieces in the compendium as well. It was nice to get a little bit of background on each story through short intros by the author [...]

    5. The title novella, Sailing to Byzantium, is PKD like, question your reality, in concept. Wrapped in a neat little wonder inspiring, beautifully crafted tale by Silverberg. Lovely through and through!

    6. The six novellas contained in this book don't necessarily represent Silverberg at his very best (well, maybe the first one) but they're still quite good.

    7. The day I graduated from eighth grade, most of my day was spent in study hall. I used this free period to go down to the library and grabbed a random sci-fi anthology. The first entry was the novella "Born with the Dead," and I read the first seventy-five pages before the free period ended and I went to the last math class of middle school. Twelve years later, I finally got to see how the story ends when I discovered this collection of six novellas by Robert Silverburg. Other than "We Are for th [...]

    8. A learned friend's new mission is to read Hugo/Nebula winners from the '70s. With that inspiration, I embarked on a journey to read some speculative fiction again. It's been some time since I've read fantasy/sci-fi -- I would actually put this in the fantasy category. This won a Nebula award in '84, so that sold me, plus I bought the "Tor double" edition with Gene Wolfe's Seven American Nights, another selling point. Browsing at the local used bookstore paid off again. $3.But as to the story -- [...]

    9. Un receuil de nouvelles un peu ingégal, les premières sont pas super mirculeuses, surtout celles un peu mystiques (mais j'aime pas ca de base aussi). Par contre y'a des idées très originales notamment sur les multiples personnalités dans un même corps toussa, c'est généeralement bien traité et pas cliché.Sinon pas mal de nouvelles sur le thème du permier contact avec les extraterrestre, la c'est plus inégal mais certaines sont bien réussies.La nouvelle éponyme est pas la meilleure [...]

    10. I just finished listening to the audio version of Sailing to Byzantium. It was read convincingly by Tom Parker, who transported me in time along with Charles, the lead character. Charles is from New York City, and he is a twentieth-century man, a curiosity in the world of the story. His 1984 is long gone, yet he doesn't quite understand how he's been transported in time to the 50th century. The people of this time, the "citizens," will tell him very little actually. They consider Charles to be a [...]

    11. It was an enjoyable story. I seriously doubt it can be called "science fiction", more like science fantasy. The atmosphere is spectacularly lyrical and the portrayal of historical (or not) cities very interesting although somewhat dreamy. Eventually the it's about a love story but I cant tell what message the author wants to pass on. Even though the main character wonders about his existence, his origins and what controls the world he ends up into, he does not really try to find out. As for the [...]

    12. In 'Sailing to Byzantium' Silverberg imagines a very distant future in which the greatest joy of the remaining humans is recreating historic cities and visiting them. Phillips, a man from 1984, finds himself in this future and falls in love.The story starts quite slow and gets very hard to read due to it's constant listings of cities, sights and cities again. When you reach the second half though, the pace changes and it get's a very enjoyable read. Two stars for the first half, four stars for t [...]

    13. An entertaining scifi novelette with existential themes. Just about the perfect length for the story--it takes some time to puzzle out the world, throws you a quick twist, then wraps up nicely. Recommended if you're looking for something more substantive than a podcast but not ready to dive into a whole book.Note: This review is for the single short story "Sailing to Byzantium", not the entire collection included in this listing.

    14. Ακόμα μια φορά προσπαθώ με ανοιχτό μυαλό να απολαύσω τον Σίλβερμπεργκ. Ακόμα μια φορά επιβεβαιώνεται η άποψή μου ότι είναι ο πιο βαρετός συγγραφέας εφ που έχω διαβάσει ποτέ. Τελειώνω τα βιβλία του μόνο και μόνο γιατί είναι μικροσκοπικά (των 100 σελίδων) κι επίσης επειδή η ιστ [...]

    15. If you dont want to commit yourself to a whole novel and want to explore this author, this is ideal for that. Its a slow burn but the imagery and self-reflection of the story is a good one. A lovely science fiction exploration of some of the themes in the poem it invokes and some of Silverbergs best work Ive read, though Im far from an expert.

    16. for whatever reasons, Silverberg excels at novella-length writing. He won more awards for his novellas more than any othersl 5 novellas in this collection are excellent (the Secret Sharer needs a while to get into, but once you're past 1/2 way, the story makes more sense)Highly recommended.

    17. This story opens on a surprising prospect of a stranger in paradise, that most resembles the story of Shangri-la. Nothing eventful in the first 20 pages. It is like a whimsical travelogue of the Alexandria Quartet, which I found difficult to absorb. Byzantium stays more on the surface and hasn't got too philosophical as yet. More to come

    18. A collection of novellas by Silverburg. This was an uneven collection, while I enjoyed two of the novellas the others weren't as good in my opinion. I guess I'm not as caught up by Silverburg's writing style as some are.

    19. For the first three quarters I was worried that it would be slow and disappointed once I reached a critical twist I was quite pleased. Overall it was an enjoyable read even if it took a while to get to The point, the ending this a little to be desired though.

    20. wonderfully unique sci-fi stories. Great writing. Silverberg never disappoints.These are more novellas than stories. I liked the first two and the last one. I found numbers three and four to be not as much fun.

    21. These are amazing. Just a solid, beautiful collection. It's the first Silverberg I've read; I can't wait to get more.

    22. A deeply involving far future tale about a man-out-of-time and the woman he loves. Sweetly poignant.

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