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Letters from Atlantis

Letters from Atlantis

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by Robert Silverberg, Tom Parker (Read by)

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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

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Robert Silverberg is one of science fiction’s most beloved writers, and the author of such classic books such as Gilgamesh the King, Dying Inside, Nightwings, and Lord Valentine’s Castle. He is a past president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the winner of five Nebula Awards—including one for the short story Passengers—and five Hugo Awards. In 2004 the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America presented him with the Grand Master Award.

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Letters from Atlantis 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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! :-)