- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: I Books (June 4, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743444973
- ISBN-13: 978-0743444972
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,755,635 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Robert Silverberg is one of science fiction s most beloved writers, and the author of such contemporary classics as"Dying Inside", "Downward to the Earth, "and"Lord Valentine s Castle". He is a past president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the winner of five Nebula Awards and five Hugo Awards. In 2004 the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America presented him with the Grand Master Award. Silverberg is one of twenty-nine writers to have received that distinction.
Paul Boehmer is a seasoned actor who has appeared on Broadway, film, and television, including The Thomas Crown Affair and All My Children. Coinciding with another of his passions, sci-fi, Paul has been cast in various roles in many episodes of Star Trek. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
The novel, published in 1969, has lots of sexual and drug encounters--a reflection of the counter culture of the 1960s; but Silverberg makes it all work in the future culture. This is a quick read, and the book held my interest from beginning to ingenious end. The details about crusaders, emperors, and the various periods of the Byzantine Empire appealed to me as a history buff, and the twists-and-turns of the time-travel plot, added to my enjoyment.
The book isn't perfect, as others have noted. Its relentless "free love and drugs!" atmosphere belie its 1960s origins, and it's no exaggeration to say that pretty much everyone gets into everyone else's pants. That said, the abundant sex is not terribly explicit, so the sexually reserved need not be worried. Though only a couple of characters outside of the protagonist have any real depth, I don't think it's unusual for a short novel of this type to be more situation than character-driven.
In any event, I thought this book was a blast and a half, and its ending didn't leave me yearning less for more.
So what spoilt this one for me? I read a review that said "if one forgives the pure and uncontaminated 1970's male chauvinism". I wasn't sure what that meant and didn't take it too seriously. Now I know - and - sorry - as a woman I can't overlook that aspect.
The women just aren't real. They seem to be Silverberg's wildest dream. In fact they are men with female sexual organs. They are described by their desirable physical attributes and their dominant role is as sexual partners. All the men ever seem to want are sex and drugs. I do believe that some young men are dominated and driven by their hormones, but even they must have other characteristics. So in short: all the characters retain a plastic unreal feel to them and don't come alive. After a while I found all the casual sex that was going on more irritating than anything. And to female readers: It doesn't read erotic to a woman! It's more like "So I followed her upstairs and we sexed." Or "She expressed her wish to be had and so we got it on..."
In between all that there does seem to be a story that might be worth listening to, but after 2 hours I just didn't want to get through all the nonsense any more.