The Masks of Time
by Robert Silverberg
Media: Mass market paperback
Cover art: (unknown)
The year is 1999. The century is about to turn. The civilized world is prosperous but tense with fear about the still existing possibility of a major war. While in the large area that used to be called
underdeveloped there is a hysterical conviction that the world will come to an end with the arrival of the new century.
Into this situation floats a creature calling himself Vornan-19 — and claiming to be a visitor from 1000 years in the future... The world is ready, indeed ripe, for a sign, an omen, a new cult.