Phases of the Moon: Stories of Six Decades

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  • Robert Silverberg
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  • 10 March 2018
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About the Author: Robert Silverberg

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  1. Patrik Centerwall says:

    A great collection from one of the masters of science fiction

  2. Eamonn Murphy says:

    The title says it all This hefty volume collects stories from Robert Silverberg s six decades in the business, having some from each ten year span So without further ado The 1950s segment kicks off with Road To Nightfall There has been war for two decades and things are getting grim in New York Katterson was discharged from the army two years before and is struggling to survive The worst thing is the lack of food This story was so dark for the time that Silverberg had some trouble sellin The title says it all This hefty volume collects stories from Robert Silverberg s six decades in the business, having some from each ten year span So without further ado The 1950s segment kicks off with Road To Nightfall There has been war for two decades and things are getting grim in New York Katterson was discharged from the army two years before and is struggling to survive The worst thing is the lack of food This story was so dark for the time that Silverberg had some trouble selling it The Macauley Circuit is about machines getting in on the arts Sunrise on Mercury is classic fifties Science Fiction with the slightly pulp style of writing that still survived in the genre There is some glowering and communications buttons are jabbed while pale cheeks quiver as spacemen struggle to explore the solar system I love this kind of thing.In the introduction, Silverberg states that he banged out a story a day back then, taking Friday off to peddle them round New York magazines He seems almost apologetic about them now not half bad but there s really no need He broke into a better quality market with Warm Man which appeared in the esteemed Magazine Of Fantasy And Science Fiction This is a mature work set in American suburbia I preferred the spaceships.In the 1960s, editor Fredrick Pohl decried Silverberg s hack work and declared that he should write the best stories of which he was capable To See The Invisible Man was the advent of the new Silverberg In the year 2104, in a shiny modern city, a man is sentenced to one year of invisibility No one will touch, speak to him or acknowledge his existence for a year His crime coldness to his fellow citizens This story aptly demonstrates the transition from cold engineering problems to warm, emotional, human issues that touch the heart Are they better stories You decide Flies is a brutal story that appeared in Harlan Ellison s Dangerous Visions anthology in 1965 Passengers is another grim tale in which humans are possessed, now and then, by alien minds that take over their bodies and ride them for several days They are careless of the host so a victim wakes up hungry, thirsty and sore with no memory of what his or her body has been used for Nightwings is a brilliant novella set in a far future where aliens once invaded Earth and have threatened to come back Society is stratified on almost mediaeval lines with guilds for various trades Our hero is a Watcher, one tasked with scanning the skies every night for any sign of alien invaders Nightwings is Silverberg at his incomparable best The sixties selection concludes with Sundance which raises the difficult conundrum of what constitutes a sentient life form.The 1970s brings us Good News From The Vatican as the cardinals elect the first robot pope It won the 1971 Nebula Award for best short story Capricorn Games is one of those yarns about sophisticated parties where well heeled professionals, artists and intellectuals get together I guess you have to be familiar with that kind of milieu to do it well At this party, the attraction is an immortal man whose stalked by a beautiful young lady He has the measure of her Born With The Dead is a long novella on a favourite theme, the dead coming back to life A man yearns for his wife but she is one of the reborn and they have a different view of things It s pretty downbeat Silverberg handled this topic in Recalled To Life a 1962 Ace novel which I don t have to hand but remember enjoyingThis is followed by the light hearted Schwartz Between The Galaxies in which the author plays Philip K Dick ian tricks with the reader What is real Schwartz between the galaxies getting to know interesting aliens or Schwartz the anthropologist on Earth, lecturing on the homogenisation of cultures all over the world into a bland, uniform dullness The issues raised in this story brought to mind Alan Bloom s book The Closing Of The American Mind , but that was published in 1987 and Silverberg s story dates from 1973 Science Fiction ahead of the pack again The 1980s selection opens with The Far Side Of The Bell Shaped Curve , a clever little time travel story Ilsabet and Reichenbach are time travelling tourists who meet up in Sarajevo, 1914, to watch the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand then hop around together when they fall in love, taking in Shakespeare s London and Nero s Rome Time tourists are free to visit anywhere before 2187 Ilsabet meets another tourist and starts to spendtime with him and the jealous Reichenbach plots murder The conclusion is a clever twist With the assorted Back To The Future films, even Doctor Who getting out of trouble and By His Bootstraps Robert A Heinlein, 1941 , you need to be smart to make this sort of thing surprising Silverberg is smart The Pope Of The Chimps , written in June 1981, is about apes Silverberg explores what happens when smart chimps learn that humans die, a fact which has hitherto been kept from them If anyone left the research area never to return, the chimps were told he had gone away The experiment is being conducted to examine how humans made the leap to abstract thought which separated them from animals The chimps have been taught sign language and bred over generations for intelligence Silverberg has a thing about popes He has a thing about time travel, too Needle In A Timestack raises the tricky issue of what to do if someone is messing with your timeline, something which apparently causes a cottony taste in your mouth Sailing To Byzantium won the Nebula Award and missed out on the Hugo by four votes so it s obviously pretty damn good A twentieth century man, Charles Phillips, lives the life of Reilly, permanently touring with his hosts from city to city Timbuktu, New Chicago, Mohenjo Daro, Alexandria any city from human history can be recreated in this future paradise The Earth has only a few million real people left but there are millions of humanoid androids that play the part of slaves and citizens in the recreated cities Phillips can t remember much about his past life but assumes that he was snatched from time, another novelty in an age of permanent playtime As the story develops he learnsEnter A Soldier Later Enter Another was written for an anthology in which computer generated simulacra of historical figures would engage in intellectual conflict Silverberg s contribution was to pit Francisco Pizarro, conqueror of Peru, against Socrates He nicely captures both and makes the encounter hugely entertaining He also demonstrates that Socrates would have been really annoying in person, like an irritating three year old who keeps asking But why, mummy Why No wonder they poisoned him The method by which the simulacra are created, holograms programmed with all the knowledge we have about the persons, seemed pretty far fetched in 1987 but I believe it is not utterly inconceivable that gamer science might one day achieve it for real.So to the 1990s Hunters In The Forest combines time travel and dinosaurs, two of Silverberg s favourite themes In the future, tourists can hop back to the late Cretaceous Period for a look around but they have to get back in their ship after a few hours because it automatically returns home This is clever and, as always, skillfully rendered Death Do Us Part wrestles with immortality again If it s any consolation to mortal Mister Silverberg, he has achieved a reputation that will long endure, I think, at least in human terms In cosmic terms we are all ants Beauty In The Night does not start with beauty as a woman gives birth to her illegitimate son on the dirty floor of a restaurant storeroom in Salisbury, England There is less beauty as it proceeds when the boy s dear old dad turns up to make his life hell The backdrop is an alien invasion of Earth by entities who treat us with complete disdain Silverberg accurately captures the worst aspects of the English underclass which is probably why I found it all a bit depressing However, it s a very good story.What better way to introduce the 2000 s than with The Millennium Express , one of those yarns where Silverberg has fun with historical characters Here are Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso and Ernest Hemingway celebrating the end of the year 2999 by blowing things up The historical theme continues With Caesar In The Underworld , part of Silverberg s Roma Eterna series, an alternative history of that mighty empire in which it lasts a while longer than it really did, mainly because those pesky Christians never took control This tale takes place in the year 529AD our time and involves the succession to the throne as the old Emperor is dying The Caesar of the story is not Julius, obviously, as Caesar was a title bestowed on many I m a bit dubious about alternative history normally but Silverberg does it well He does everything well, damn it Sound knowledge of actual history no doubt helps Against The Current is one of those stories without a real ending, in this case about a car dealer going backwards in time for no apparent reason Defenders Of The Frontier is a military tale written for an anthology titled Warriors Rather than battle, about which the author admits he doesn t know much, it focuses on other aspects of military life Cleverly done with a neat conclusion The last tale here, The Prisoner has a twist ending and is full of lively imagery, as you might expect from a fantasy about dreams.The introductions to the tales are as good as the works themselves Silverberg is an entertaining writer and the story of his development in the field and his dropping out of it now and then is interesting Would be writers and lesser performers will find his ideas stimulating and reading the stories is a master class in fiction Like Asimov and Stephen King, two other writers who produced short story collections with intros, Silverberg is engaging when discussing his own work.Six decades of Silverberg makes for a hefty volume but I think his career can be summed up in one sentence He has wonNebulas than Hugos The Nebula Award is voted for by writers and the Hugo by readers He knows this himself and realised in the seventies that he waspopular with other writers than with readers In a way, this is flattering because it means he s too good to be popular He is probably the best Science Fiction writer in the history of the genre so far, hence all those Nebulas However, he s not the most popular Science Fiction writer.This is a magnificent collection from an awesome talent and deserves a place on the shelf of any SF aficionado.Eamonn MurphyThis review first appeared at

  3. Alejandro Teruel says:

    Way back in the seventies I used to be an avid SF reader, but my tastes have changed a lot and in most cases I no longer find it remotely as interesting as before.I enjoyed only a few stories from this anthology, the classic and extremely memorable Nightwings 1968 which curiously seems to cry out for a Japanese illustrator of genius, the grim Passengers 1968 and even grimmer Born with the Dead 1974 and parts of the dialogue between Socrates and Pizarro in Enter a soldier Later Enter another Way back in the seventies I used to be an avid SF reader, but my tastes have changed a lot and in most cases I no longer find it remotely as interesting as before.I enjoyed only a few stories from this anthology, the classic and extremely memorable Nightwings 1968 which curiously seems to cry out for a Japanese illustrator of genius, the grim Passengers 1968 and even grimmer Born with the Dead 1974 and parts of the dialogue between Socrates and Pizarro in Enter a soldier Later Enter another 1989.If truth be told I found Silverberg s introductions to his storiesinteresting than many of the stories, mainly for the perspective they provide both on his life and the history of SF.If you are still a SF buff interested in twists on in mortality, death and time travel, you should definitely read some of these stories if you like Silverberg you will find some of his best stories here if your are not very interested in SF, this anthology will probably not change your mind

  4. Frank Taranto says:

    The best of the best, from the best Silverberg is the best writer of Short SF ever Read Sundance

  5. Kelly says:

    As with most collections of short stories, some stories are really good and others not so much.

  6. Chris says:

    Robert Silverberg, one of the notable science fiction authors of the 20th Century, has put together this best of his best collection of short stories, spanning the years 1954 through 2001 As with most story collections, the quality varies, but since this book brings together some of his best work, I can t say there is a bad one in the bunch Among the standouts were The Road to Nightfall, a disturbing post apocalyptic nightmare Nightwings, a novella envisioning a bizarre human civilizat Robert Silverberg, one of the notable science fiction authors of the 20th Century, has put together this best of his best collection of short stories, spanning the years 1954 through 2001 As with most story collections, the quality varies, but since this book brings together some of his best work, I can t say there is a bad one in the bunch Among the standouts were The Road to Nightfall, a disturbing post apocalyptic nightmare Nightwings, a novella envisioning a bizarre human civilization of the far future Schwartz between the Galaxies, a wry story that barely skirts the realm of science fiction and The Far Side of the Bell Shaped Curve, a unique and tragic time traveling tale But as I wrote, none are bad and you can t go wrong picking one to read at random.Taking a concentrated shot of Silverberg whose work I hadn t read prior to this, except for an unrelated hardboiled detective story allows some of the authors themes nay, obsessions to stand out One is death, clearly The shadow of death its reality, its consequences, its inevitability hangs over virtually every story, even if only by implication Relatedly, the author seems to enjoy anonymity bordering on nonexistence the best example I can think of is that in a number of tales, the reader doesn t even know the narrator protagonist s name until he or she is well into the story, and sometimes not until the end, or even not at all.Finally, I have to mention the cover art, which is simply gorgeous The artist, Michael Whelan, was unknown to me but, with a little Wiki help, I learned that he is a painter of imaginative realism and some of his works have even graced the covers of Stephen King novels I haven t seen his other paintings, but this cover painting for to Phases of the Moon is a haunting, evocative scene that, for me at least, set the tone for the entire book and greatly enriched my reading experience

  7. Rjurik Davidson says:

    Silverberg is a phenomenon In many ways he mirrors the SF world as it moved through its permutations of the last 50 years In the 50s, his stories were mostly pulp oriented action tales In the 60s, he reinvented his career with virtuosic and experimental stories of drugs and inner exploration by the seventies he had moved to a cooler ironic phase in the 80s he again reinvented his career with the science fantasies set in the world of Majipoor his later work becamedispersed and fragmen Silverberg is a phenomenon In many ways he mirrors the SF world as it moved through its permutations of the last 50 years In the 50s, his stories were mostly pulp oriented action tales In the 60s, he reinvented his career with virtuosic and experimental stories of drugs and inner exploration by the seventies he had moved to a cooler ironic phase in the 80s he again reinvented his career with the science fantasies set in the world of Majipoor his later work becamedispersed and fragmentary in style and content, just as the field did itself Throughout that entire career, Silverberg has maintained and extraordinary quality, though his period of 65 74 is his zenith, an extraordinary burst of writing both in novel and short story form This collection is a wonderful grab bag from his vast oeuvre, spanning stories from the six decades For the writer, there is a great deal to learn from here Silverberg s technique is sharp as a scalpel, though there is always something a bit distancing about his style, just as there s something a little too perfect mechanical some have said about it He s justly proud of his voluminous output he is one of the most prolific authors ever , though at times I m a bit put off by his focus on it There is little here in the introductions about his project as writer what formal innovations he hoped to achieve, what he thought he was saying Still, I ll forgive him this because the sheer quality of the work is to me breathtaking I ll no doubt reread these again Rating books out of five simply doesn t provide one with enough gradations, for I d give this one four and a half if I could five is reserved for the greatest works of history

  8. Allan Dyen-Shapiro says:

    Robert Silverberg is one of my favorite science fiction writers His career started in the pulp era, but he was an influential figure in the New Age movement and later pioneered soft sci fi This collection has everything from the 50s to the current millennium In addition to the 1960s gems that are always anthologized, there are truly great ones from other periods Enter a Soldier, then another, from the 1980s, is every bit as good as anything he did in the 60s Silverberg is a master of pros Robert Silverberg is one of my favorite science fiction writers His career started in the pulp era, but he was an influential figure in the New Age movement and later pioneered soft sci fi This collection has everything from the 50s to the current millennium In addition to the 1960s gems that are always anthologized, there are truly great ones from other periods Enter a Soldier, then another, from the 1980s, is every bit as good as anything he did in the 60s Silverberg is a master of prose, a tackler of the shocking controversial, a creator of touching interesting outrageous characters, a spinner of cool plots, a discusser of ideas poser of questions If you ve never read Silverberg, you are in for a treat These are his best

  9. Wendy says:

    I remember reading one of these stories in a magazine as a teenager, and was able to track down this book so I could read it again I wish I had time to readthan one story

  10. Trevor Parker says:

    A collection of short stories, some of course better than others But overall, they are short, entertaining, and a breeze to read.