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In Robert Silverberg's alternate history Roma Eterna, Moses failed to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt as written in the Book of Exodus. Since the Jews never made it to Palestine, Jesus of Nazareth didn't exist and Christianity never developed. The Great Roman Empire never fell; in fact, it continued to expand until its glorious decadence spanned the entire world.
Although Silverberg has been writing Roma Eterna stories since the late 1980s, this is the first time that all the short stories and novelettes have been gathered together to form a huge epic history that spans 15 centuries. Much of the book consists of previously unpublished works, however, and will surely surprise and delight even longtime fans of Silverberg's alternate Rome. The beautiful and brutal Empire is seen through the eyes of a diverse group of people throughout its vast history -- from a soldier seeing the New World for the first time to a British aristocrat witnessing firsthand the slaughter of an entire royal bloodline, from a child stumbling across a long-lost emperor living the life of a recluse to a modern-day Hebrew seeking asylum from Roman oppression.
After almost five decades of writing numerous Hugo and Nebula Award–winning stories, Robert Silverberg still surprises me with his never-ending creativity. With more than 100 novels and countless short stories and novellas to his credit, Silverberg remains one of the sharpest and most ambitious writers in the genre. Roma Eterna is yet another indication that Silverberg has yet to reach the apex of his craft. Paul Goat Allen