Dying Inside

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In 1972, Robert Silverberg, even then an acknowledged leader in the science fiction field, published a book that was immediately hailed as a masterpiece. More than three decades later, Dying Inside has stood the test of time and has been recognized as one of the finest novels the field has ever produced. Never wasting a word, Silverberg persuasively shows us what it would be like to read minds, painting an unforgettable portrait of a man shaped by that unique power; a power he ...

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Overview

In 1972, Robert Silverberg, even then an acknowledged leader in the science fiction field, published a book that was immediately hailed as a masterpiece. More than three decades later, Dying Inside has stood the test of time and has been recognized as one of the finest novels the field has ever produced. Never wasting a word, Silverberg persuasively shows us what it would be like to read minds, painting an unforgettable portrait of a man shaped by that unique power; a power he is now inexorably losing.

Acclaimed upon first publication by SF critics and mainstream reviewers alike, Dying Inside is overdue for reintroduction to today’s SF audience. This is a novel for everyone who appreciates deeply affecting characterization, imaginative power, and the irreplaceable perspective unique to speculative fiction of the highest order.

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Editorial Reviews

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“One of those rare novels that manages to be at once dazzling and tender.”—Michael Chabon on Dying Inside

Dying Inside is an artist’s summit that doubles as an intimate allegory of the artist’s quandary.”—Jonathan Lethem

"Now widely regarded as Robert Silverberg's masterpiece, Dying Inside, first published in 1972, has just been reissued in a handsome trade paperback with a new preface by its author, one of science fiction's most distinguished writers . . . It's insane that Dying Inside should be subtly dismissed as merely a genre classic. This is a superb novel about a common human sorrow, that great shock of middle age — the recognition that we are all dying inside and that all of us must face the eventual disappearance of the person we have been."—Michael Dirda, Washington Post

“Silverberg has written the perfect science fiction novel for people who don’t like science fiction.”—The New York Times Book Review on Dying Inside

Michael Dirda
…a pleasure to read, full of that dry humor so common to melancholic intellectuals…It's insane that Dying Inside should be subtly dismissed as merely a genre classic. This is a superb novel about a common human sorrow, that great shock of middle age—the recognition that we are all dying inside and that all of us must face the eventual disappearance of the person we have been.
—The Washington Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765322302
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/3/2009
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 974,910
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

A SFWA Grand Master and the winner of five Hugo Awards and five Nebula Awards, ROBERT SILVERBERG, author of the bestselling Majipoor series and dozens of other books, is one of the giants of science fiction and fantasy. He lives in Oakland, California, with his wife, writer Karen Haber.

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  • Posted October 15, 2009

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    At the top of my library

    This book is completely engrossing, surreal, horrific and absolutely beautiful in the same measure. Silverberg's ability to pull you into the stream of consciousness styled writing has you automatically identifying with the main protagonist David Selig. His use of humor, wit, and satire help ease such grave questions concerning our own mortality and what it is that makes us individual and to live, love, question, and to simply exist. I have read many reviews concerning a lack of plot but with all honesty every time I read this book I remember how much I love it.

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  • Posted July 25, 2009

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    Great writing, but not great reading

    You have to appreciate Silverberg for his craft. He is clearly in complete control of his writing as he spins this tale of a psychic in decline. It's at once completely engrossing and believable, but at the same time it's pretty depressing and ranges from mildy icky to downnright vulgar.

    Bad writing is never good to read. Great writing is occasionally not much fun to read either.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2000

    Silverberg's Best

    The inside story of a man's struggle with the loss of his gift to 'read' people. A great character exploration of a man who's losing the part of him that most defines him to himself. Tragic, funny and poignant. One of the best 'soft 'SF books ever written.

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