Lion Time in Timbuctoo (The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg Volume 6)


(from Harper & Row 2000)

'We travel in the hands of a master... Silverberg succeeds brilliantly in conveying the unknowable strangeness of the universe'

Strange histories and alternate futures feature in Volume 6 of the Collected Stories. Robert Silverberg's fertile imagination explores the consequences of an even more virulent Black Death in 1348 than the one our ancestors lived through; the woeful last days of a veteran archaeologist and his pact with the dead; the fortunes of a vagrant band of Crusaders in the New World; Henry James's eyewitness account of the War of the Worlds; a brilliant icy sheen over the Occupied Zone and a spooky patch of darkness; the vanishing of the mighty capital of a great empire and its reappearance as modern-day Chicago and much more, including the only science-fiction homage to J.R.R. Tolkien ever written.

'There are two things that abide: absolute awe at Silverberg's capacity for creating images...and the compassion that colours every word' WASHINGTON POST

'Silverberg's invention is prodigious' TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT