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Needle in a Timestack is Robert Silverberg at his very best - intelligent, inventive, and visionary. This collection showcases his talent for thought-provoking science fiction, ranging in themes from time travel to space travel, the media to mortality.

In the titular story - under development as a feature film by Oscar-winning screenwriter John Ridley - a jealous ex-husband warps time in a vindictive attempt to destroy his former wife's new marriage. Thirty-one identical sons have a shocking surprise for their mother in "There Was an Old Woman". The prophetic "The Pain Peddlers" depicts reality TV in a way that allows viewers to revel in a voyeuristic, adrenaline-fueled rush. Also included are Silverberg's Hugo Award-winning "Enter a Soldier. Later: Enter Another", and the Locus Award winner "The Secret Sharer", a Joseph Conrad-inspired tale of a ship captain drawn into a strange alliance with a stowaway.

©2019 Robert Silverberg (P)2019 Tantor

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Meh

Entering enough I guess.

I know it's sci-fi, but good sci-fi to me, if not realistic, can at least be imagined to be possible. Many of these stores drift too far from that for me. Chimps spontaneously developing religious beliefs and rituals with no prior knowledge of religion is the one that stands out. Spent too much time arguing with the ridiculousness of it for it to be entertaining.

The repeated self-aggrandizement in the introduction to almost every introduction became a bit much as well.

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Awesome collection of Silverberg's best stories

it's sometimes a gamble when a reader begins reading a "new" or unfamiliar work of Silverberg's. Given the fact that he wrote approximately a thousand stories over a career exceeding 50 years, it's unrealistic to assume there aren't a good many garbage titles amongst his library.
This fantastic collection did a great job of separating the wheat from the chaff. I highly recommend this book for anyone who considers themselves to be a fan of science fiction.

8.80/10.00

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