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When the Blue Shift Comes by [Silverberg, Robert, Zinos-Amaro, Alvaro]
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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

About the Author

Philip Wylie (1902-71) is the author of "Gladiator" and the coauthor of "When Worlds Collide," both available in Bison Books editions. Acclaimed science-fiction writer Robert Silverberg is the recipient of many awards, including the prestigious Hugo and Nebula awards, and the Grand Master designation from the Science Fiction Writers of America, the highest science-fiction honor available. He is the author of "Lord Valentine's Castle,"

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  • File Size: 500 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
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  • Publisher: Phoenix Pick (October 25, 2012)
  • Publication Date: October 25, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
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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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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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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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This is an unusual and quite delightful book, and one that I'd say is required reading for lovers of classic SF.

We are in the unimaginably distant future, and humans have colonized the galaxies and acquired the ability to assume any physical shape at will. Life extension through rebirths has given everyone near-immortal lifespans.

But there is a flaw in the universe: a wholly anomalous hypersingularity has begun to devour the universe at an accelerating rate. At first, the phenomenon appears distant and unthreatening; but when it begins to accelerate and astronomers start to notice stars blueshifting towards it, it becomes quickly clear that the hypersingularity not only threatens all worlds, but that it may already be too late to do anything about it.

Hanosz Prime, the all-powerful ruler of the world of Prime in Andromeda's Parasol system is plagued by disturbing, apocalyptic dreams. Close to the end of his current body and facing yet another tiresome rebirth, Hanosz is visited by a mysterious traveler who piques his interest about Earth, the only world where humans enjoy true immortality.

As the hypersingularity starts to devour space, it becomes clear that Hanosz (whose life becomes even more complicated when he meets the beautiful Kaivilda and her mad father, Sinon Kreidge) may be the only one capable of saving the universe--or is he? Even Earth's ancient and mysterious Oracles cannot tell.

The Stellar Guild series, of which this book is part, is edited by SF superstar Mike Resnick, and each volume teams up an established, big-name author with an emerging author of their choice in back-to-back novellas.
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