THE PALACE AT MIDNIGHT: THE COLLECTED STORIES OF ROBERT SILVERBERG VOLUME 5 by Robert Silverberg. Burton, MI; Subterranean Press; 2010. 1st trade hardcover edition.
Length: 480 pages.
Somehow, for all my outward pretence of cold-eyed professionalism, all my insistence that writing is simply a job like any other, I’ve discovered to my surprise and chagrin that there’s more than that going on around here, that I write as much out of karmic necessity and some inescapable inner need to rededicate my own skills constantly to my—what? My craft? My art? My profession? I wrote these stories because the only way of earning a living I have ever had has been by writing, but mainly, I have to admit, I wrote these stories because I couldn’t not write them. Well, so be it. They involved me in a lot of hard work, but for me, at least, the results justify the toil. I’m glad I wrote them. Writing them, it turns out, was important for me, and even pleasurable, in a curiously complex after-the-fact kind of way. May they give you pleasure now too.
—Robert Silverberg, from his Introduction.
Trade: Fully cloth bound hardcover edition.
Table of Contents:
Our Lady of the Sauropods,
Waiting for the Earthquake,
The Far Side of the Bell-Shaped Curve,
A Thousand Paces Along the Via Dolorosa,
How They Pass the Time in Pelpel,
The Palace at Midnight,
The Man Who Floated in Time,
The Pope of the Chimps,
Thesme and the Ghayrog,
At the Conglomeroid Cocktail Party,
The Trouble with Sempoanga,
Not Our Brother,
Gate of Horn, Gate of Ivory,
Dancers in the Time-Flux,
Needle in a Timestack,
Amanda and the Alien,
Snake and Ocean, Ocean and Snake,
From Publishers Weekly:
“This superb volume collects nearly two dozen of SFWA Grand Master Silverberg's best short stories... With exquisite takes on common themes like time travel and transcendent experiences, these stories represent some of the best and most sophisticated science fiction of the early 1980s.”
“The volume opens with a classic, ‘Our Lady of the Sauropods,’ and ends with one of the best-ever sf stories about intelligent lobsters (!), ‘Homecoming.’ In between are many stories about time travel, many done for Playboy, and some done because the author, who considers himself a working writer rather than an ‘artist,’ simply couldn’t NOT write them.”
From SF Crowsnest:
“These are quiet, serene, cerebral stories by a master of the genre, flawlessly written and well worth a look. Highly recommended.”
Fine in cloth boards without dj as issued.