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First published in Galaxy magazine in 1958, Isaac Asimov's short story "The Ugly Little Boy" is a science fiction classic. Now, in the second collaboration between the late, great Isaac Asimov and award-winning author Robert Silverberg, we have The Ugly Little Boy, the novel, a remarkably moving and chilling tale of what happens when past and present collide. When Stasis Technologies, Ltd., plucks a Neanderthal child off the prehistoric tundra and transports it into the twenty-first century, the scientific ...
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First published in Galaxy magazine in 1958, Isaac Asimov's short story "The Ugly Little Boy" is a science fiction classic. Now, in the second collaboration between the late, great Isaac Asimov and award-winning author Robert Silverberg, we have The Ugly Little Boy, the novel, a remarkably moving and chilling tale of what happens when past and present collide. When Stasis Technologies, Ltd., plucks a Neanderthal child off the prehistoric tundra and transports it into the twenty-first century, the scientific conglomerate gives no thought to the creature's human feelings. The nurse assigned to the case must somehow bridge the 40,000-year gap to forge an emotional bond that transcends time. And, when Miss Fellowes learns of the intended disposition of the "Timmie experiment," it is up to her to travel back through time with the "ape-boy" as he rejoins his tribe on the cutting edge of civilization. Exquisitely crafted, with compelling scenes of life from prehistory and the not-so-distant future, The Ugly Little Boy is a grand sweep through time that gives us humanity both in its infancy and at its most "civilized."

Asimov wrote the short story "The Ugly Little Boy" in 1958. But there is much more to the story of the little Neanderthal boy plucked out of time and transferred to the 21st century. Now, Robert Silverberg--in this second collaboration with Asimov--has made this sf classic into an engrossing novel-length tale.

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This expanded version of the late Asimov's classic 1958 tale is a collaborative effort that surpasses the original. There are no plot surprises; the authors have retained the basic story of an alien four-year-old child who is kidnapped from his time zone and brought into a future world. Yet this is a fresh and satisfying version, primarily because the characters have been made richer, the depiction of 21st-century society rounded out and the history of the Neanderthal tribe from which the eponymous boy was abducted more fully given. When the woebegone waif, now named Timmie, was snatched from his epoch, he was brought into a pool of no-time, which exists coincident with the present. Since Timmie is condemned to living within that pool forever, his presence raises moral questions: Is it abusive to leave him alone in this limbo for eternity? Would it be equally cruel to send him back to the Ice Age? Asimov ( Foundation ) and Silverberg ( Lord Valentine's Castle ) explore these issues in an intriguing story supported by seamless writing. (Oct.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780385263436
  • Publisher: Doubleday Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/10/1992
  • Pages: 304

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  • Posted May 25, 2015

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    I loved this book. I was actually surprised I did, I thought it

    I loved this book. I was actually surprised I did, I thought it might be dated and a bit silly. Instead I got a very heart-warming, time travel/syfy books that met all the requirements of a great read!!
    Highly recommend it

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  • Posted March 11, 2013

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    This is actually a short story, later expanded into a novel with

    This is actually a short story, later expanded into a novel with the co-writing of Robert Silverberg, and there's
    oodles of Asimov to read and enjoy.  I loved the whole mind-bending of the story, of scientists who find a way
    to bring forward people from an earlier time, but only in a small enclosure, and for a limited period of time.
    They want to talk to them, take tissue samples, study how they move and behave. After scoring with a peasant
    from the Renaissance, they manage to bring forward a small Neanderthal boy. If this story doesn't make you
    cry you have no heart. And afterwards, it'll make you think.

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