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Dying Inside [Kindle Edition]

Robert Silverberg
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In 1972, Robert Silverberg, even then an acknowledged leader in the science fiction field, published a book that was immediately hailed as a masterpiece. More than three decades later, Dying Inside has stood the test of time and has been recognized as one of the finest novels the field has ever produced. Never wasting a word, Silverberg persuasively shows us what it would be like to read minds, painting an unforgettable portrait of a man shaped by that unique power; a power he is now inexorably losing.

Acclaimed upon first publication by SF critics and mainstream reviewers alike, Dying Inside is overdue for reintroduction to today’s SF audience. This is a novel for everyone who appreciates deeply affecting characterization, imaginative power, and the irreplaceable perspective unique to speculative fiction of the highest order.


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“One of those rare novels that manages to be at once dazzling and tender.”—Michael Chabon on Dying Inside

Dying Inside is an artist’s summit that doubles as an intimate allegory of the artist’s quandary.”—Jonathan Lethem

"Now widely regarded as Robert Silverberg's masterpiece, Dying Inside, first published in 1972, has just been reissued in a handsome trade paperback with a new preface by its author, one of science fiction's most distinguished writers . . . It's insane that Dying Inside should be subtly dismissed as merely a genre classic. This is a superb novel about a common human sorrow, that great shock of middle age -- the recognition that we are all dying inside and that all of us must face the eventual disappearance of the person we have been."--Michael Dirda, Washington Post

“Silverberg has written the perfect science fiction novel for people who don’t like science fiction.”—The New York Times Book Review on Dying Inside

About the Author

Robert Silverberg (1935 - ) Robert Silverberg was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1935, and is one of the most prolific authors of all time, writing not just SF & Fantasy, but extensive non-fiction and a large number of pseudonymously published erotica novels. In his first years as a professional writer, his output regularly exceeded a million words per year. He has won and been nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards dozens of times as both writer and editor, and in 2004 received the SFWA Grand Master Award. Among his many acclaimed and bestselling novels are A Time of Changes, The Book of Skulls, Dying Inside and Lord Valentine's Castle. Robert Silverberg lives on the West Coast of the United States with his wife, author, editor and art critic, Karen Haber.

Product Details

  • File Size: 341 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Orb Books; 2 edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002LA0ARK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #114,468 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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78 of 91 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
Robert Silverberg's "Dying Inside" is one of the great classics of SF literature. The protagonist, David Selig, is a telepath whose rare talent has brought him no pleasure. He leads the life of an outcast, a voyeur, with his gift as his keyhole. When his telepathy deserts him he is left stranded-
(Pauses). (Sits silently, head bowed). (Finally, sighs forcefully). (Prepares to whip self to indignant frenzy).
This world just isn't fair. You know that, you don't need me to tell you. But every so often an injustice so flagrant and so heinous occurs that I need to grab the nearest passerby and scream it at him. You're here, and I'm mad, so put down that mouse and listen. Have you read this book yet? Have you read "The Catcher in the Rye"- you know, "the coming-of-age story against which all others are judged," etc., etc.? Go read them. I'll wait- done yet? Good. What do you think? They're both excellent, aren't they? You really feel the turmoil and pain and angst of both Caulfield and Selig after reading them. So why has this book attracted only a handful of reviews, while "The Catcher in the Rye" has attracted- let me check- over 1000 reviews? Why does "The Catcher in the Rye" appear on all the "100 Greatest Novels of the Century" lists while "Dying Inside" doesn't? I'll tell you why- look at your copy of "Dying Inside," and look for those damning scarlet letters "Science Fiction." That's why. "The Catcher in the Rye" is serious literature; "Dying Inside" is science fiction.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Out of print? WHY? December 2, 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Bear with me briefly while I go on a bit of a rant (part one of it at least) here, this book here represents only a very small part of what may be one of the greatest single spurts of output science fiction or the literary world has ever known. You see, during the seventies, Mr Silverberg came up with no less than thirteen masterworks of science fiction, not a sequel or connected book in the lot, each one a completely unique and searing study of people and the possibilities of science fiction as a whole. Once I heard about these, I knew that I had to get as many as I could and so I go to find them and lo and behold, how many do I find in print. Exactly none gentle reader. None at all, and the horrifying part is that at least two of these are Hugo winners (Time of Changes and the book I'll be reviewing in a moment). Why is this? What is this? Oh well, more on that as I chug along with the four classic period books that I own. This is the first one I read here, Dying Inside in case you've forgotten and it simply made my mouth drop open. The story is one that we're partly familiar with, man has great powers, uses them in a silly fashion and then realizes that he's losing them. Flowers for Algernon is another gem on this theme but in a lot of ways David Selig is even more of an innocent than poor Charley. Read more ›
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A LITERARY MASTERPIECE August 22, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What's that you say? You don't like sci-fi? Never really cared much for the intergalactic battles, laser guns, strange aliens, godlike heroes and exotic, vuluptuous vixens of traditional space opera? Books like CATCHER IN THE RYE and PORTNOY'S COMPLAINT are more your thing? Well, here's a science fiction novel you can finally sink your teeth into! The sci-fi is kept to a minimum, but the emotion and sheer humanity of it all are in full swing. The only science-fictional element here is the fact that the protagonist has ESP. We encounter him in middle age, his extrasensory power beginning to wane. Plot threads are few and uncomplicated, but the themes are large, complex, richly and poignantly rendered: death, love, maturity, subjectivity, society, solitude, entropy. This is a very literary novel, with quick but astute references to Aeschylus, Eliot, Joyce, Kafka, Ginsberg, even Shakespeare. The setting is the New York City of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, mostly in and around Columbia University. This is not a plot driven novel, but more of a character study. Through a narrative that alternates between first and third person, you find out about the protagonist's life--his childhood, his loves, his existential outlook and spiritual yearnings. An Amazon reviewer described this novel by writing that "DYING INSIDE is to middle age what THE CATCHER IN THE RYE is to adolescence." I would say that's exactly right, and gives you a good idea of what to expect. Silverberg is a great prose stylist and has created a clear, distinctive voice for David Selig, the main character. The story works on the heart strings without being maudlin. The protagonist is flawed, true (I even disliked him at times, just as with Holden Caulfield), but, in my opinion, redeems himself by the end. Read more ›
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars More real than your petty realism
I can do little but reiterate the top review for this book (and I refer to it simply by its rank because I can't imagine another review unseating it - it's one of my favorite on... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Derek
2.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly non-empathetic protagonist
I got this from the library when I was a kid because I of course was interested in reading a book that was supposed to be about a guy who could read minds. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Swank Ivy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book.
Author has a great story, yet creates too much filler with unnecessary internal book reviews. Could have been better with more life time stories of the main character.
Published 5 months ago by John Norwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy inside
When I discover a book this good it is so exciting to read that I feel like I have to pace myself so as not to finish it in one sitting. Dying inside is such a book.
Published 5 months ago by Lolo M.
4.0 out of 5 stars Dying inside
Please do not remove my special gift, for I know not what I shall do without . Do not let me taste the nectar, for its denial is He'll
Published 15 months ago by Unknown
2.0 out of 5 stars He was dead already...
This is sci-fi only in the sense that the main character, David Selig, was born with the ability to read the minds of others, which ability is now gradually disappearing in his... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Joseph W. Kearns
5.0 out of 5 stars Inside The Mind Of A Mind Reader
Although author Robert Silverberg had come out with no fewer than 21 major science-fiction novels between the years 1967 and '71, by 1972, his formerly unstoppable output was... Read more
Published 20 months ago by s.ferber
4.0 out of 5 stars Sci fi approach to the mid-life crisis
I found this book on a list of sci fi classics and was drawn in by the author's preface. Despite the fact that the protagonist isn't very likable (or because of it), there's... Read more
Published on December 23, 2012 by Underground Crafter
4.0 out of 5 stars The universal experience
I recently finished reading Dying Inside by Robert Silverberg. I have never been a huge fan of Silverberg though his short story, "Passengers", from the famous anthology Dangerous... Read more
Published on April 13, 2012 by Christien L. Gagnier
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm surprised how much I enjoyed this.
I read it in two days. I first read it when I was 11 years old. I remember enjoying it, although I couldn't possibly have appreciated most of what's going on here at that age. Read more
Published on October 25, 2011 by Miles
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