We Are for the Dark: The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg, Vol. 7

Robert Silverberg. Subterranean (www.subterraneanpress.com), $35 (384p) ISBN 978-1-59606-501-7
SFWA Grand Master Silverberg wrote these 10 stories between 1987 and 1990. In “The Dead Man’s Eyes,” a jealous husband goes on the run after the thoughtless murder of his wife’s lover. Anorexia is the means to a computer-obsessed boy’s end in “Chip Runner.” Hugo-winner “Enter a Soldier. Later: Enter Another” and “A Sleep and a Forgetting” explore the issues that might arise if scientists created the technology to recreate famous men from history. Alternate history is also represented; “To the Promised Land” considers what the 20th century would be like if the Roman Empire hadn’t fallen, and “Lion Time in Timbuctoo” examines a world where the Black Death has completely changed the fortunes of the world’s great empires. Most of the stories were intended for theme anthologies, and readers with an interest in SF history will appreciate both Silverberg’s skills and the intriguing glimpse of the industry in the late 1980s. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 07/09/2012
Release date: 09/01/2012
Genre: Fiction
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