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For thousands of years, the planet Borthan has been ruled by a covenant that teaches that the self is to be despised. The baring of personal thoughts and feelings to another represents the most heinous crime. But Kinnal, exiled prince of Salla, threatens this repressive religion when he falls in love.

A spellbiiding tale of a tradion-bound centuries-old Earth Colony and an Earthman who offers a magic drug that tears down the walls ...

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Overview

For thousands of years, the planet Borthan has been ruled by a covenant that teaches that the self is to be despised. The baring of personal thoughts and feelings to another represents the most heinous crime. But Kinnal, exiled prince of Salla, threatens this repressive religion when he falls in love.

A spellbiiding tale of a tradion-bound centuries-old Earth Colony and an Earthman who offers a magic drug that tears down the walls between men's souls.

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"Robert Silverberg's versatile, skeptical intelligence controls a lavish and splendid imagination. A Time of Changes is a canny fable of freedom and the ecstatic communion of souls."—Ursula K. Le Guin

"No matter if Silverberg is dealing with material that is practically straight fiction, or going way into the future . . . his is the hand of a master of his craft and imagination."—Los Angeles Times on A Time of Changes

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786117208
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/28/2000
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Product dimensions: 6.93 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Silverberg (1935- ) began to write while studying for his BA at Columbia University. His first published story was “Gorgon Planet” (1954). He began to publish prolifically in 1956, winning a Hugo Award that year as “Most Promising New Author.” He continued to contribute to such magazines as Science Fiction Adventures and Super-Science Fiction, using many different names. Over the years he maintained his astonishing creativity, writing psychologically intense novellas, notably, A Time of Changes and later, Sailing to Byzantium, both Nebula Award winners. He remains one of the most imaginative and versatile writers in science fiction, metamorphosing from a writer of standardized pulp fiction into a prose artist, a transformation unparalleled in his field.

Grover Gardner, named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” by AudioFile magazine, has recorded more than five hundred audiobooks. He is the recipient of more than thirteen Earphones Awards as well as an Audie Award. In addition to narrating, he has an active career as an actor and stage director. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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A Time of Changes


By Silverberg, Robert

Orb Books

Copyright © 2009 Silverberg, Robert
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780765322319

Chapter One

I am Kinnall Darival and I mean to tell you all about myself.

That statement is so strange to me that it screams in my eyes. I look at it on the page, and I recognize the hand as my own—narrow upright red letters on the coarse gray sheet—and I see my name, and I hear in my mind the echoes of the brain-impulse that hatched those words. I am Kinnall Darival and I mean to tell you all about myself. Incredible.

This is to be what the Earthman Schweiz would call an autobiography. Which means an account of one's self and deeds, written by one's self. It is not a literary form that we understand on our world—I must invent my own method of narrative, for I have no precedents to guide me. But this is as it should be. On this my planet I stand alone, now. In a sense, I have invented a new way of life; I can surely invent a new sort of literature. They have always told me I have a gift for words.

So I find myself in a clapboard shack in the Burnt Lowlands, writing obscenities as I wait for death, and praising myself for my literary gifts.

I am Kinnall Darival.

Obscene! Obscene! Already on this one sheet I have used the pronoun "I" close to twenty times, it seems. While also casually dropping such words as "my," "me," "myself," more often than I care to count. A torrent of shamelessness. II I I I. If I exposed my manhood in the Stone Chapel of Manneran on Naming Day, I would be doing nothing so foul as I am doing here. I could almost laugh. Kinnall Darival practicing a solitary vice. In this miserable lonely place he massages his stinking ego and shrieks offensive pronouns into the hot wind, hoping they will sail on the gusts and soil his fellow men. He sets down sentence after sentence in the naked syntax of madness. He would, if he could, seize you by the wrist and pour cascades of filth into your unwilling ear. And why? Is proud Darival in fact insane? Has his sturdy spirit entirely collapsed under the gnawing of mind-snakes? Is nothing left but the shell of him, sitting in this dreary hut, obsessively titillating himself with disreputable language, muttering "I" and "me" and "my" and "myself," blearily threatening to reveal the intimacies of his soul?

No. It is Darival who is sane and all of you who are sick, and though I know how mad that sounds, I will let it stand. I am no lunatic muttering filth to wring a feeble plea sure from a chilly universe. I have passed through a time of changes, and I have been healed of the sickness that affects those who inhabit my world, and in writing what I intend to write I hope to heal you as well, though I know you are on your way into the Burnt Lowlands to slay me for my hopes.

So be it.

I am Kinnall Darival and I mean to tell you all about myself.

Excerpted from A Time of Changes by Robert Silverberg.Copyright © 2009 by Robert Silverberg.Published in May 2009 by Tom Doherty Associates, LLC.

All rights reserved. This work is protected under copyright laws and reproduction is strictly prohibited. Permission to reproduce the material in any manner or medium must be secured from the Publisher.



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