High Praise for TIME AND TIME AGAIN
Winner of the 2018 Foreword INDIES Award Gold Medal for Best Sci-Fi!
"As this collection makes abundantly clear, Silverberg is a master of virtually every subgenre of the time travel story, his mastery increasing as his career developed and he became confident enough to depart from ready formulas." Los Angeles Review of Books
"Silverberg's mastery of the sf form and of time travel in particular makes this collection a joy to read, and highly recommended for any reader interested in engaging and exciting speculative fiction." Booklist , starred review
“With dazzling prose and original plotlines, Silverberg proves himself to be a master of the [time-travel] genre. . . A mind-bending collection of fantastic tales that belongs on any science fiction fan’s bookshelf.” Foreword Reviews , starred review
"A treasury for connoisseurs of quality science fiction in general and Silverberg's work in particular. Highly recommended for both personal and public library sci-fi collections!" Midwest Book Review
"Revolutionary time-travel tales." Kirkus Reviews
"The leaps of imagination are fresh as ever, and both new readers and those familiar with Silverberg’s work will appreciate his ability to spin a gripping yarn." Publishers Weekly
"A fantastic assembly of time travel stories from one of the best writers of our time.” The Spine View
Past Praise for ROBERT SILVERBERG
“Robert Silverberg is our best . . . Time and time again he has expanded the parameters of science fiction.” ―The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction
“One of science fiction's modern masters . . . His words and his work have shaped the whole direction of the field.” ―Chicago Sun-Times
“Done Silverberg's way, science fiction is a fine art.” ―Associated Press
“The John Updike of science fiction.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“A master of his craft and imagination.” ―Los Angeles Times
A career-spanning collection of time-travel tales from Silverberg, the 2003 Grand Master of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America.
Silverberg has compiled his favorite time-travel stories published between 1955 and 2007, and in it, he seemingly leaves no "what if?" unanswered. "Needle in a Timestack," first published in Playboy in 1983, engagingly explores what could happen if the past were altered and people could, at least for a few hours, remember their lives before everything changed. "Against the Current," from a 2007 issue of the magazine Fantasy & Science Fiction, asks what would happen if a man simply became unmoored from time and began to inexplicably drift into the past. The 1983 novella Homefaring (arguably the most thought-provoking and compelling story in the bunch) asks what would happen if a time traveler catapulted millions of years into the future—so far that humans were extinct? And what if, when he arrives, he found that the dominant species on Earth is…lobsters? Most of the entries, Silverberg notes, were written at the direct request of an editor, and he prefaces each with a brief anecdote, often about the editors themselves. There is, however, one disappointing aspect to the collection: Although the stories zip between bygone times and far-flung futures, the characters remain firmly rooted in the mores of the 20th century. Virtually every main character is a man, and most women are capricious girls or bitchy, unfaithful wives—scarcely more than things to be ogled, fought over, or, in one disturbing scene in "Jennifer's Lover," to have definitely-not-consensual sex with. (The latter was published in a 1982 issue of Penthouse.) The quality of the rest of his work is nearly enough to overcome these failings, though, leaving readers to hope that perhaps Silverberg curtails his victory lap and writes just a few more stories for this century.
Revolutionary time-travel tales, if you can overlook the fossilized characters.