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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Alvaro Zinos-Amaro accomplishes an extraordinary literary feat here: he duplicates, seamlessly, Robert Silverberg's writing style down to the tiniest detail. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Eric Del Carlo
When the Blue Shift Comes (2013) is the fourth SF volume in the Stellar Guild series, following On the Train. Read morePublished on April 25, 2014 by Arthur W Jordin
Whenever Robert Silverberg's name appears on a new work of fiction intelligent readers take notice. This book is actually a pair of linked novellas. Read morePublished on March 7, 2014 by jack
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. Read morePublished on September 30, 2013 by Melissa A
This is an uncompleted story that Silverberg had started and was unable to complete because it was not going anyware (according to his note in the book). Read morePublished on January 15, 2013 by Amazon Customer
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.Published on December 11, 2012 by Charles W. Gregory
The Silverberg unfinished novella was fairly good, although it's understandable why he didn't complete the book himself. Read morePublished on December 3, 2012 by Cellophane Queen