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Time of the Great Freeze [Kindle Edition]

Robert Silverberg
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Book Description

2650 AD The Earth has been buried beneath a sheet of ice for 300 years. In cities miles beneath the surface humanity huddles, waiting for release. Dr. Raymond Barnes waits with passion, and listens daily for evidence of life on the still Earth. Finally, a voice from across the void hails his open frequency . . . the surface awaits mankind. But not all men are anxious to return to what was . . . those in power are determined to keep man in his new place, to retain their order of fear and oppression. Barnes and his courageous group of scientists and adventurers are arrested for possession of forbidden technology; the radio is destroyed! Their punishment is swift ejection from the underground city, their only hope is to reach London - 3000 desolate miles across a frozen wasteland!

Product Details

  • File Size: 337 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0812554698
  • Publisher: Gateway (September 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005K8H0UK
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,673,828 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Introduction to Silverberg February 27, 2000
In 1979 I was given a book report assignment. Having not been much of a reader, I went aimlessly looking through my school library for a book with a cool picture on it. It must have been fate that put this book in my path. Twenty years and over fifty Silverberg books later, I credit it for showing me the possibilities that exist in science fiction.
The book is written on a fifth or sixth grade level and is chock-full of adventure and intrigue. (I remember staying up late at night just to read as much as I could!) It tells the story of an underground city which submerged to live through a world-wide glacial event. Seven men make radio contact with another city and are expelled as this is against the law. The men must make their way across the ice covered land to find shelter in another underground city. But they find that there is much more than just ice going on in the world.
I loved this book and would reccomend it to anyone (especially children) who want to become science fiction readers or just readers in general.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great First-Time Science Fiction for Teens May 13, 1999
I first read Time of the Great Freeze as an assignment in my 6th grade English class over 20 years ago. I recently purchased a used copy through Amazon so my own 6th grader would have the opportunity to read it, and we read it together.
I still believe it's the best sort of SF for readers who are just beginning to explore the genre. It's a quick read, easy to follow and understand, and filled with tension and drama. It's also a hopeful novel.
Engulfed in a futuristic ice age, people are living in huge underground cities where they have become isolated, stagnated, and suspicious. When seven men are ordered to leave one of the underground cities on charges of treason for contacting another city via radio, they must learn to exist in the "real" world.
I would recommend this book to everyone. And if you, like me, read it as a kid, buy it for your own kids. It's well worth it and superior to much of the material for teens that's available now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average Juvenile by one of the greats August 20, 2012
Silverberg's young adult (juvenile) science fiction novel Time of the Great Freeze (1964) is a by the numbers with few extra frills pulp adventure with a time-worn but still seductive premise: underground cities! Unlike Heinlein's best juvenile sci-fi works (Starman Jones, Citizen of the Galaxy, etc), Silverberg's work fails to conjure the same wonder. Silverberg's portrayal of his youthful hero is dull even by 50s/60s juvenile standards -- he fails to exude the biggest character trait of the genre, vibrant youthful vigor. Yes he's smart, does some judo moves, gets over friends' deaths in a heartbeat, and is mentally tough but unfortunately is completely interchangeable with the other characters. Instead of a defining young adult hero striving against the world with a few friends, a morass of seven interchangeable characters both young and old trek across the glaciers with little difficulty and a few plot demanding deaths.

Brief Plot Summary

The years is 2650 A. D. Three hundred and fifty years earlier a New Ice Age covered large portions of the globe with ice. Most people trekked south or died as food ran out and towns were overcome. Those that remained in New York and the other great cities of America were able to construct underground cities before the ice covered them over. The societies underground have become increasingly isolated and insular with repressive governments. Food comes from hydroponics facilities and nuclear reactors provide the heat and energy. The cities regulate births inorder to control population due to the limited resources at hand. Sadly, Silverberg devotes only a few pages to the life in underground New York -- the most interesting concept in the book. And, there's news that the ice might be slowly melting!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Early Silverberg Delivers Adventure October 30, 2010
I am a fan of Robert Silverberg but I have to admit I had never even heard of this book. I found it in a $1 used book bin at a local bookstore and immediately purchased it despite it's age and well worn condition.

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It's very simply written (probably middle school level reading) but it doesn't skimp on the adventure. It doesn't delve deeply into politics (though politics play a part) so it's not offensive to anyone. It's mostly just a nice science fiction adventure that tells the story of a small group of men who meet a series of adventures while trying to travel from the Eastern US to London in a frozen future world.

I recommend this book to any Silverberg fan but especially to middle school kids who are interested in science fiction.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
I also first read this book in the late 60's. I have lamented giving my copy away years ago. I recall that the book was very exiting, written in a first-person narrative from the point of view of a young man (part of the group forced out). I remember being very intrigued with the descriptions of the society underground (at the time I felt it was a metaphor for conventionalism). The scenes regarding the process of digging up through the ice to the surface were extremely appealing to me at the time--I still recall this part of the book the most clearly. This was one of Silverberg's more "minor" works, mainly because it was more accessible to younger readers, I think, than much of his other work. Still, I would very much like to own a copy of it again! I think a reprinting in paperback targeted for the "Young Adults" section would prove the enduring market value, and the prescience, of this story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Global warming hippies hate it
Read this in school as a kid when the narrative was Global Cooling. Now that the narrative is Global Warming I wanted to re read this book, but have discovered the censors are hard... Read more
Published 18 days ago by xsx
4.0 out of 5 stars Back in time
I read this book when I was in grade school in the early 1960s and it brought back a lot of memories. It was a simple book and very dated but in the end the good guys made it. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Crouse
5.0 out of 5 stars Time of the Great Freeze
I read this book back when I was a kid in the 60's. Loved it then and found it on Amazon. I loved reading it again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good Read For a Teen
I read this book when I was a young boy and happened to stumble across it here on Amazon. I ordered a used copy and sat down to read it. Read more
Published on December 16, 2012 by Michael Mac
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sci-Fi for Teens
Read this book when I was in middle school 35 years ago and it still has a fantastic impact on the now present day global warming. A tale years ahead of its time. Read more
Published on August 14, 2006 by Ice Man
5.0 out of 5 stars Thirty-five years of memories
I read this book many times during the early 70's when I was in grade school. I had forgotten the title and wished to find the book for my own children. Read more
Published on November 12, 2005 by Mavis Deering
5.0 out of 5 stars A book written Decades before its time.
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More About the Author

Robert Silverberg has been a professional writer since 1955, widely known for his science fiction and fantasy stories. He is a many-time winner of the Hugo and Nebula awards, was named to the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 1999, and in 2004 was designated as a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. His books and stories have been translated into forty languages. Among his best known titles are NIGHTWINGS, DYING INSIDE, THE BOOK OF SKULLS, and the three volumes of the Majipoor Cycle: LORD VALENTINE'S CASTLE, MAJIPOOR CHRONICLES, VALENTINE PONTIFEX. His collected short stories, covering nearly sixty years of work, have been published in nine volumes by Subterranean Press. His most recent book is TALES OF MAJIPOOR (2013), a new collection of stories set on the giant world made famous in LORD VALENTINE'S CASTLE.

He and his wife, writer Karen Haber, and an assorted population of cats live in the San Francisco Bay Area in a sprawling house surrounded by exotic plants.


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