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Far horizons : all new tales from the greatest worlds of science fiction
Silverberg, Robert.
First edition.
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New York : Avon, 1999.
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482 pages ; 25 cm
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PS648.S3 F37 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
PS648.S3 F37 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Science Fiction/Fantasy

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The universe of the mind is a limitless expanse of wonders, filled with worlds and secrets that cannot be fully explored within the pages of a single novel. Avid readers of science fiction have long appreciated the myriad joys of returning to fictional galaxies already experienced; delighting in the ever-unfolding mysteres of Frank Herbert's Dune or Asimov's Foundation series, for example.

In Far Horizons--edited by acclaimed author Robert Silverberg-- a veritable "Who's Who" of science fiction's most beloved and highly honored writers once again revisit the remarkable worlds they created and made famous.

Ursula K. Le Guin sends representatives of the Ekumen into the violent later years of a planetary civil war. Dan Simmons once again billiantly mixes allegory and space adventure in his dangerous, religion-dominated cosmos of Hyperion. Greg Bear reexplores his artificial universe, "The Way", from Eon, Eternity and Legacy.

Orson Scott Card recounts the momentous first meeting of his time-and-planet-hopping protagonist Ender Wiggin with Ender's computer based, soon to be companion, Jane.Gregory Benford rockets us back to the Galactic Center, Anne McCaffrey's Ship Who Sang sings again, and Joe Haldeman's Forever War rages on eternally. Here, also, are new stories by David Brin, Nancy Kress, Frederik Pohl, and Robert Silverberg himself--each venturing further into univestigated corners of familiar galaxies to delve into the perilous mystery of being human.

Perhaps the greatest concentration of science fiction talent ever in one volume, Far Horizons is an unprecedented masterpiece -- one that reopens vast empires of imagination and adventure to new explorations and appreciations. It is a major SF event, sure to bring unparalleled joy to the hearts of serious fans everywhere.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Editor Silverberg here does for science fiction series what he did for fantasy sagas in Legends: Stories by the Masters of Modern Fantasy [BKL Ag 98] by presenting 11 noted authors of famous series, each exploring some aspect of theirs that they did not find a way of dealing with in the books of the series proper. Anne McCaffrey contributes a fresh tale about Helva, the ship who sang. Joe Haldeman revisits The Forever War. Orson Scott Card extends the Ender series; David Brin, the Uplift Universe; and Ursula K. Le Guin, her "Ekumenical" future history that includes The Left Hand of Darkness. Frederik Pohl provides another tale of the Heechee, while Silverberg himself offers another Roma Eterna alternate-history story. As in Legends, each story is introduced, but this time by its author, and all the books in a story's series to date are listed. And, once again, the stories remain true to their universes and characters, so they deliver good first-contact experiences for series novices as well as happy reading for longtime fans. --Sally Estes

Publisher's Weekly Review

Silverberg (The Alien Years) now does for SF what his recent anthology Legends did for fantasy, collecting new tales by a number of the world's greatest SF writers set in the universes of their best-known series. Some entriesÄsuch as Ursula K. Le Guin's "Old Music and the Slave Women," from her Ekumen series; Dan Simmons's "Orphans of the Helix," a further tale of the Hyperion Cantos; and Greg Bear's "The Way of All Ghosts," set in his Thistledown universeÄstand more or less independent of what has preceded them. OthersÄsuch as Joe Haldeman's "A Separate War," set in the future of The Forever War, or Orson Scott Card's "Investment Counselor," which relates an episode in the early life of Ender WigginÄare essentially engaging footnotes, filling in worthwhile bits of information that never made it into previous novels. Still others, David Brin's "Temptation," for example, from his Uplift series, continue an author's on-going stories beyond the reach of the major works. Also included are a new tale by Nancy Kress, set in the world of the Sleepless; an interesting addition to Frederik Pohl's Tales of the Heechee; an early episode in Gregory Benford's Galactic Centers series; a new story by Silverberg himself, set in the alternate universe of Roma Eterna; and the first solo tale of the Ship Who Sang that Anne McCaffrey has written in years. All the stories are, at a minimum, very good, and several are outstanding. The Le Guin and Simmons contributions are particularly worthy of award consideration. This is an important anthology that should appeal to all serious readers of SF. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

In "Old Music and the Slave Women," Ursula Le Guin returns to the setting of her classic novels The Left Hand of Darkness (LJ 9/15/87) and The Dispossessed (1976) for a scathing look at the impact of slavery, while Anne McCaffrey recounts another tale of the sentient ship Helva in "The Way of All Ghosts." Eleven sf authors, including Orson Scott Card, Gregory Benford, and Dan Simmons, return to their most popular worlds in this collection of novellas that serves as a sampler of the best of the genre. Highly recommended for series fans and newcomers alike and a good choice for most sf collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Robert SilverbergUrsula K. Le GuinJoe HaldemanOrson Scott CardDavid BrinRobert SilverbergDan SimmonsNancy KressFrederik Pohl
Introductionp. 1
The Ekumen: Old Music and the Slave Womenp. 5
The Forever War: A Separate Warp. 53
The Ender Series: Investment Counselorp. 89
The Uplift Universe: Temptationp. 119
Roma Eterna: Getting to Know the Dragonp. 175
The Hyperion Cantos: Orphans of the Helixp. 207
The Sleepless: Sleeping Dogsp. 259
Tales of the Heechee: The Boy Who Would Live Foreverp. 295