SF Bookshelf Travelling for Insane Times (viii)

This week contribution to Bookshelf Travelling for Insane Times started by Judith and taken up by Katrina.

This shelf is full of SF books by Robert Silverberg.

He is my second favourite SF writer. (Ursula le Guin is my favourite but due to the way my books are shelved hers are not to the fore.)

The photo is a crop of the one I featured on 16/8/20. As a result it’s a bit blurry.

Science Fiction Books, Robert Silverberg

There’s stuff here from Silverberg’s glory days; Thorns, Nightwings, The Man in the Maze – the one that persuaded me to persevere with SF when I was on the point of stopping reading in the genre – Tower of Glass, A Time of Changes – “My Name is Kinnall Darrival and I mean to tell you all about myself. Obscene! Obscene!” – Dying Inside. Then there’s the much later Kingdoms of the Wall (see my take on its first paragraph here.)

Looking at the photo I see the books aren’t quite shelved im my usual order system, probably due to them getting mixed up a bit in the house move – six and a half years ago now. Time flies.

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  1. tracybham

    I read some books or short stories by Silverberg when I was younger (late 1960s or early 1970s I think) but too long ago to remember which ones. Would you recommend all the books you named here?

    I enjoyed your post on beginning paragraphs.

  2. jackdeighton

    It’s a long time since I read these but, yes, the ones I mentioned – along with “Son of Man” – are possibly Silverberg’s best. (“Kingdoms of the Wall” maybe less so; despite its opening paragraph.)
    You could maybe add “Across a Billion Years” and “Downward to the Earth” to the list as well.

  3. San

    > It’s a long time since I read these


    > He is my second favourite SF writer

  4. jackdeighton

    Le Guin, Silverberg, Zelazny, Dick. Most SF writers since have come nowhere near to them, except for maybe Ian McDonald.

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