Letters from Atlantis

Letters from Atlantis

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by Robert Silverberg, Tom Parker
     
 

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It was a legendary island, a fantastic island. Atlantis. Or as its prince called it, Athilan.

Roy had traveled through time with his partner, Lora, to find it-and now he was tantalizingly close to its shore.

Time travel allowed Roy's consciousness to enter the mind of the heir to Atlantis' throne, and what he found disturbed him. Strange dreams. Impossibly

Overview

It was a legendary island, a fantastic island. Atlantis. Or as its prince called it, Athilan.

Roy had traveled through time with his partner, Lora, to find it-and now he was tantalizingly close to its shore.

Time travel allowed Roy's consciousness to enter the mind of the heir to Atlantis' throne, and what he found disturbed him. Strange dreams. Impossibly futuristic inventions and machines. How could such an advanced city exist at this time? The rest of the world was, as Lora witnessed in her travels, a dark, barbaric land still thawing from the ice age.

Roy had been preparing for the odd isolation of time travel, but nothing had prepared him for his final arrival on Atlantis-a shimmering city far beyond his imagination! Roy knew this island's fate. According to legend, it would vanish into the sea. Roy also knew he had a limited amount of time to decipher the strange message in the Prince's mind-visions of cataclysmic events, mysterious rites to a faraway star.

If Roy was in an Atlantis unlike anything the researchers had predicted, then what were its secrets? And when would it be destroyed?

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up-- In the future, scientists have developed a type of time travel in which the traveler's consciousness is transferred into the mind of someone actually living in the past--a useful way to observe history first hand. Roy has been sent into the mind of the Prince of Atlantis; Lora has been sent into the mind of a provincial governor existing at the same time. The title refers to Ray's letters to Lora, written after putting the Prince's mind to sleep and using his body. When Roy begins to feel lonely and depressed, he grows careless, and the Prince soon becomes aware of Roy's presence in his mind. Roy, revealing himself fully, breaks all rules of nonintervention and possibly sullies history. The premise is intriguing, and Silverberg's portrayal of Roy is convincing, especially his isolation and need for contact with another human. But Silverberg's vision of Atlantis is nothing new. He falls back on of-aliens-from-another-planet'' cliche. He introduces, and then uses this excuse to explain away, without really exploring, topics such as why Atlantis was so technologically advanced, why racial hatred existed between the Atlantans and native earthlings, and why the earthlings kept no remembrance of Atlantis after its destruction. The triteness of these revelations betrays the freshness of the set-up. Readers will be ultimately disappointed because this could have been so much better than it is. --Susan M. Harding, Mesquite Public Library, TX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786115822
Publisher:
Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date:
06/28/1999
Edition description:
3 Cassettes
Product dimensions:
6.92(w) x 9.74(h) x 1.23(d)

Meet the Author

Robert Silverberg began to write while studying for his B.A. at Columbia University. In 1956 he won a Hugo Award as "Most Promising New Author." He contributed to magazines such as Science Fiction Adventures and Super-Science Fiction, using many different names. His psychologically intense novellas, A Time of Changes and Sailing to Byzantium, are both Nebula Award winners. He remains one of the most imaginative and versatile writers in science fiction.

Tom Parker (a.k.a. Grover Gardner) is an award-winning narrator with over 650 titles to his credit. Named one of the "Best Voices of the Century" and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he won the prestigious Audie® Award in 2009, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than twenty Earphones Awards.

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Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in 5 days! I just couldn't stop! It's one of the best books I've read. I would totally recommend it to any Sci-Fi, Mystery, Time-Travel, or just plain book lover! :-)