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When the Blue Shift Comes [Kindle Edition]

Robert Silverberg , Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Book Description

A grand new adventure by a Grandmaster of science fiction.

Life has spread across the stars, and everyone enjoys a long life. However, only those who are Earth-born are truly immortal.

But what happens when the immortals of Earth are suddenly faced with their ultimate destruction?

Hanosz Prime, a near-immortal (though not truly so, not being of true Earth stock) travels to humanity’s ancient home to discover the ultimate answer to humanity’s end.

A new Silverberg story in the tradition of the old classics, with an accompanying novella by up-and-coming writer Alvaro Zinos-Amaro.


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*Starred Review* ...a literary work that resembles both music, in its working out of its theme and variations, and poetry, in its sheer joy in the language of the imagination. VERDICT Fans of Silverberg and lovers of speculative fiction and the creative process should enjoy the rediscovery of a veteran author and the debut of a new, bold sf voice. --Library Journal

Product Details

  • File Size: 372 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612420745
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Phoenix Pick (October 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009XIDMTG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #619,160 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid Achievment, OK Story November 15, 2012
Format:Paperback
The Stellar Guild series of books by Phoenix Pick (Arc Manor) teams up a well known, best selling author with their choice of an up and coming, lesser known author to complete a novelette. With authors like Mercedes Lackey and Keven J. Anderson and famed editor Mike Resnick, Locus All-Time Award winner and 5 time Hugo winner this series is loaded with talent. Add Robert Silverberg - a Grand Master of Science Fiction - and expectations soar through the roof, into the heavens, and on to galaxies far, far away.

For this book, Silverberg brought to the table an unfinished work from nearly 30 years ago that he had started and admitted that he wasn't sure how to end. Silverberg chose new comer Alvaro Zinos-Amaro to finish what he could not and wrap up an incredibly ambitious story in just a novella's length. Congrats on your first published work Zinos-Amaro. No pressure.

The story is about a universe vastly (I mean vastly) older than our own where beings live out near-immortal lives. Hanosz Prime, our protagonist, is a near-immortal who, bored with his exceedingly long life of ruling his own planet, decides to travel to Earth, the only place in the universe where beings are completely immortal.

About this same time, an anomaly in space starts to spread or cause the universe to contract and Earth is on a collision course with destruction. But there is a prophecy about a savior that may or may not point to Hanosz Prime. As the universe contracts at an accerating pace, Hanosz Prime travels towards the anomoly's center point where the answers and questions reside.

And "Cut!"

Silverberg sets up the premise above for the complete duration of his novella. In fact, if there is anything to say about his novella it is to say that it is a premise without a plot.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Silverberg and Disciple December 9, 2012
By Elliot
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This e-book is part of a series by Stellar Guild, in which a novella by an established SF author is paired with a sequel by an up-and-coming author. In this one, the established author is Robert Silverberg. Although Silverberg is a true grandmaster of SF, his half of the book starts out unpromisingly. Silverberg admits in his introduction that he didn't want to write a new novella, and instead took out of his drawer an unsuccessful novel he had started in the 1970s and couldn't finish. The book is set in a very, very distant future, when humans have evolved to the point where they look nothing like humans of today. One of these future humans discovers that the universe has stopped expanding and is beginning to contract, foretelling the death of the earth and perhaps of the entire universe.

Having set up this premise, Silverberg admits that he had no idea what to do with it. His half of the novella is relatively plotless. This was also written at the time when Silverberg's style was at its most arch and postmodern; the story is full of authorial asides to the reader which get in the way of what little plot there is.

Just when I was getting bored with this book, Silverberg's protege, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, rides in to the rescue. He emulates Silverberg's style perfectly (meta-fictional asides and all), but gives Silverberg's characters something to do, finds a plot where Silverberg couldn't, and completes the story in fine form.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and fun! September 30, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I don't read Sci-Fi often and this book was able to keep me entertained and at the same time didn't lose me with all the scientific technicalities. The transition from Silverberg to Zinos-Amaro was smoothly done. The ending was definitely not what I expected and while it was happening, I wasn't overwhelmed with the complexity of the situation. This book is a great read!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Zinos-Amaro picked up where Silverberg left off December 11, 2012
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This was very nicely done, a good read. The writing style, plot, and characters flowed properly from the first (Silverberg) half to the second (Zinos-Amaro) half.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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The Stellar Guild series books each consist of 2 novellas: one by an established SF author, which sets up the scene and story, and a second novella, which finishes the story, written by an up-and-coming SF author personally chosen by the SF master.

Rather than write a new novella, Silverberg chose to dust off a book he had started in 1987 on which he had stalled and never been able to finish. Talk about handing your protege a tough act to follow! Silverberg states in a foreward that he feels that Zinos-Amaro succeeded. I would definitely agree.

This book has the same impishness and absurdism as "Hitchhiker", but with rather more science.

A thought-challenging read, this book makes a nice change-of-pace from space operas and epic fantasy novels.

Zinos-Amaro clearly has a vivid imagination for plotting and imagery. I look forward to reading more of his works where he gets to do the whole thing himself.
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