Phoenix Pick has a new pay-what-you-want eBook special ready to go for all you voracious readers out there: The Mutant Season by Karen Haber and Robert Silverberg!

About the book:

There are mutants living among us. People with golden yellow eyes, extraordinary powers and strange abilities. For centuries they have hidden themselves, fearing persecution. After rising tensions in recent decades, the mutants find new hope in the twenty-first century, with one of their own holding high political office.

But underlying prejudices are hard to eradicate completely. And even as the mutants find greater acceptance in society, a single event threatens to undo everything.

In 2017, the murder of a prominent politician sets off a series of events that will bring the mutants into direct conflict with “normal“ humans, and the world may never again be the same.

Readers may download this book for free or pay a nominal price of their choice from November 2 – November 30. So grab it now!

Instructions and download links can be found on Phoenix Pick’s catalogue page.

Attention, readers!

Phoenix Pick has a new pay-what-you-want eBook special ready to go: Beyond the Doors of Death by Robert Silverberg and Damien Broderick!

About the book:

“Broad, intriguing speculation on human evolution and first contact.” — Publishers Weekly

“Born With the Dead” (the novella) was nominated for every major science fiction award when it was originally published in 1974, winning the Nebula and Locus awards.

The author now revisits the classic story with Australian author Damien Broderick. Broderick uses Robert Silverberg’s original novella as a starting point for a brilliant leap into the far future, widening the scope and tenor of the original story by revisiting some of the subtler implications of the original story.

“It’s one of those pieces so powerful that I doubted anyone could create anything of matching strength in the same vein, but Broderick does a good job.” — Don D’Ammassa (DonDammassa.com)

“What Silverberg left unanswered, Australian critic Broderick (Science Fiction: The 101 Best Novels, 1985–2010) explains .” — Publishers Weekly

Readers may download this book for free or for a nominal price of their choice from July 2 – July 31. So grab it now!

Instructions and download links can be found on Phoenix Pick’s catalogue page.

Variety is reporting that Robert Silverberg’s short story “How It Was When the Past Went Away” has been optioned for film by Focus Features. The producers will be Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen of Temple Hill Entertainment, who also produced Twilight. The writers are brothers David and Alex Pastor.

The film is about what happens when the residents of city suffer as mass amnesia. In the story, a criminal drugs San Francisco’s water supply and people begin forgetting who they are and all the details of their lives. It follows multiple characters, each of whom is affected differently, through what reads like a disaster movie.

Table of Contents: THE BOOK OF SILVERBERG Edited by Gardner Dozois and William Schafer


Subterranean Press has announced that they are taking pre-orders for has posted the tribute anthology The Book of Silverberg edited by Gardner Dozois and William Schafer and featuring a dust jacket illustration by Tomasz Maronski.

Here’s the book description:

For nearly sixty years, Grandmaster Robert Silverberg has been a significant presence in the world of science fiction. As prolific as he is gifted, Silverberg has amassed a body of work unique both in its richness and its variety. That work has influenced generations of other writers and has enriched the lives of untold numbers of devoted readers.

In The Book of Silverberg, editors Gardner Dozois and William Schafer have assembled a tribute anthology fully worthy of the Master himself. The book begins with a pair of affectionate appreciations from Greg Bear and Barry Malzberg, and continues with a series of wonderfully original stories that inhabit and extend some of Silverberg’s most memorable creations. In “In Old Pidruid,” the late Kage Baker turns to the world of Majipoor in a humorous and moving tale of rivalry and reconciliation. Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s “Voyeuristic Tendencies” shows us the world of the 1972 novel Dying Inside from a wholly different perspective. Nancy Kress’s “Eaters” provides a bleak and harrowing conclusion to the classic short story “Sundance.” In “Silverberg, Satan, and Me or Where I Got the Idea for My Silverberg Story for This Anthology,” the incomparable Connie Willis offers what might be the only plausible explanation for the whole Silverberg phenomenon. And elsewhere in the anthology, some of today’s most notable writers—Mike Resnick, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Elizabeth Bear, James Patrick Kelly, and Tobias S. Buckell—ring equally brilliant changes on a number of Silverberg’s signature fictions.

Funny, tragic, provocative, intelligent and always richly imagined, the stories in The Book of Silverberg are all notable accomplishments in themselves. Together, they comprise an exhilarating—and altogether fitting—celebration of one of science fiction’s indisputable masters.

Limited: 250 numbered copies, bound in leather, signed by all contributors but Kage Baker
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition

Here’s the table of contents…
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Harlan Ellison Interviews Robert Silverberg (1986 Audio Interview)

Robert Silverberg appeared on on Hour 25 on October 24, 1986 with host Harlan Ellison to discuss writing, awards, losing awards, whether awards matter, and death threats.

There is much name-dropping here. What an awesome peek into the past.

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Robert Silverberg Comes to eBooks (Watch Him Talk About World Building)

In this video, promoting Robert Silverberg’s new eBook Releases, the author talks briefly about how the ancient myths helped him envision future worlds.
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Free eBook: “Starborne” by Robert Silverberg

Phoenix Pick is continuing their free eBook promotion this month with Starborne by Robert Silverberg!

About the Book:

Is utopia a death sentence for mankind?

Does living in a perfect world destroy all that makes us human? Fifty men and women, living prefect lives, decide to give it all up to embark on the adventure of a lifetime.

Equipped with enough genetic material to populate a new planet, these fifty set out to travel to the farthest reaches of the galaxy, with their only link to home a fragile telepathic bond between a blind crew member and her sister back home.

Starborne is a thoughtful, introspective look by one of the Grand Masters of science fiction at what it means to be human and to live a life of meaning

Instructions and download links can be found on Phoenix Pick’s catalogue page. The Coupon Code for the free eBook this month is 9991828 and is only good between March 2nd – March 31, 2013. Grab it now!

YouTube user Th9Dave has been posting some gems lately. In addition to the recent audio memorial of
Charles Beaumont by Harlan Ellison, Richard Matheson, Roger Anker, and Chris Beaumont, he’s posted even more. These come from Hour 25, a radio program focusing on science fiction, fantasy, and science that ran from 1972 to 2000. It has been hosted at various times by Mike Hodel, Harlan Ellison, Steven Barnes, Arthur Byron Cover, and J. Michael Straczynski.

Below you can find audio interview snippets with Steven Barnes, Octavia Butler, Terry Dowling, David Gerrold, Tim Powers and Jim Blaylock, and Robert Silverberg.

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Phoenix Pick has two (count ‘em) eBooks deals for you this month.

First up is their “Free eBook-a-Month” promotion with Larry Niven’s collection Limits.

About the book:

Here is an extraordinary mix of fantasy and science fiction from one of the masters of science fiction, Larry Niven.

The stories in this collection include some collaborations with authors such as Jerry Pournelle (Spirals) and Steven Barnes (The Locusts), as well as stories written by Niven himself.

Larry Niven’s credits include the award-winning Ringworld series, his “Known Space” novels and the Man-Kzin anthologies. His collaborations with Jerry Pournelle include such titles as Lucifer’s Hammer, Inferno and The Mote in God’s Eye.

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Amazon has the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming collection of essays Reflections & Refractions by Robert Silverberg.

Here’s the synopsis:

Chronicling the events and key ideas from the second half of the 20th century in both the world of science fiction and the world at large, this collection of insights and musings from a Grand Master of the genre offers a unique perspective with the edge of honed artist. Robert Silverberg offers up essays on unique scientific ideas as well as on real characters and society that contemplates the end-of-world empires, resonating with contemporary news and headlines but also taking into account the role of the writer who seeks inspiration in true events. The author also takes stock of his contemporaries, providing an inside look at the lives of other greats such as Isaac Asimov, Robert Heinlein, Phillip K. Dick, Harlan Ellison, James Tiptree Jr., and Jack Vance. This edition includes an expanded section on writing science fiction, creating an invaluable resource for new writers venturing into the field on whom Silverberg has made a significant impact.

Book info as per Amazon US:

  • Paperback: 324 pages
  • Publisher: NonStop Press; Revised and expanded edition edition (November 1, 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1933065516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933065519

Subterranean Press has posted the table of contents for their upcoming collection The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg, Volume 7: We Are for the Dark.

From Robert Silverberg’s introduction:

The stories collected here, written between August of 1987 and May of 1990, demonstrate that I still believe in the classical unities. Of course, what seems to us a unity now might not have appeared that way when H.G. Wells was writing his wonderful stories in the nineteenth century. Wells might have argued that my “To the Promised Land” is built around two speculative fantastic assumptions, one that the Biblical Exodus from Egypt never happened, the other that it is possible to send rocketships to other worlds. But in fact we’ve sent plenty of rocketships to other worlds by now, so only my story’s alternative-world speculation remains fantasy today. Technically speaking the space-travel element of the plot has become part of the given; it’s the other big assumption that forms the central matter of the story.

The table of contents is as follows…
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Robert Silverberg is rightly considered by many as one of the greatest living Science Fiction Writers. His career stretches back to the pulps and his output is amazing by any standards. He’s authored numerous novels, short stories and nonfiction books in various genres and categories. He’s also a frequent guest at Cons. A regularly columnist for Asimov’s, his major works include Dying Inside, The Book of Skulls, The Alien Years, The World Inside, Nightfall with Isaac Asimov, Son of Man, A Time of Changes and the 7 Majipoor Cycle books. (A major bibliography can be found at here.) His first Majipoor trilogy, Lord Valentine’s Castle, Majipoor Chronicles and Valentine Pontifex are being reissued by ROC Books in May 2012, September 2012 and January 2013. (Covers shown above; click for larger versions.) A new anthology collecting all the Majipoor short tales called Tales Of Majipoor will follow in May 2013. Bryan Thomas Schmidt of SFFWRTCHT took the time to talk with Silverberg about Majipoor, his approach to craft and more in preparation for the books’ reissue almost 30 years after their first release.


SFFWRTCHT: Let’s start with the basics: Where did your interest in Science Fiction and Fantasy come from? 

Robert Silverberg: As a child I was interested in all sorts of romantic far-off things — the visionary world of the Greek and Norse myths, the dinosaurs that I saw at New York’s Museum of Natural History, the stars in the night sky, etc., etc.  By the time I was ten I discovered that there was such a thing as science fiction (though I didn’t hear the term itself for another two or three years) that embodied in prose the wonders and mysteries that I yearned to know much more about.
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BOOK REVIEW: The Book of Skulls by Robert Silverberg

REVIEW SUMMARY: Depending on how you squint at it, this is either sf or mainstream, but either way it’s a very good book.

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Four college roommates travel across the country in search of immortality. Only two will get it, but only if the third commits suicide and the fourth is sacrificed.

MY REVIEW:
PROS: Superbly written; intriguing plot; a good mood piece.
CONS: I was expecting science fiction and got mainstream.
BOTTOM LINE: A very enjoyable book that left me feeling deliciously somber.

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