The Secret Sharer (The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg Volume 2)

Blurb:

(from Grafton 1993)

CONTINUING THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION OF SHORT FICTION
FROM THE LEGENDARY ROBERT SILVERBERG

The Secret Sharer is the second volume of a five-book series which will gather together all the most important short fiction by the acknowledged master of the craft.

The eleven stories collected in this volume, written between 1986 and 1988, are representative of an especially productive and inspired period in Silverberg's career. Included are two novellas: We Are for the Dark, a tale of conflict between the Master, who is powerful like the sun, and the Goddess Avatar, mistress of alien technology — a favourite story of Silverberg's; and the award-winning title story, which pays homage both to Joseph Conrad and to the power of friendship. Amongst the riches to be discovered in the short stories are virtual encounters between Socrates and Pizarro the Conquistador, a raodio message from Genghis Khan, the full implications of Nine Sparg's quest, and the ultimate price of empathy with software.

As Isaac Asimov unhesitatingly affirmed: 'Where Silverberg goes today, science fiction will follow tomorrow.' Be there.

'This is a must for the short story addict and displays an unparalleled versatility and variety' TIME OUT