Breckenridge and the Continuum by Robert Silverberg

"Breckenridge and the Continuum"

by Robert Silverberg

Form: Novelette

Year: 1973

ID: 115

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Comments:

This is one of a set of stories written in the early 70s when Silverberg was really trying to reach beyond conventional storytelling. After reading the entertaining and interesting narrative, you are left with little idea what actually happened. There is not a plot in the everyday sense (A happened, then B, etc). Breckenridge is a successful New York stockbroker who was born in 1940 and is going through an existential crisis of the Is this all there is to life? variety. He's also exploring a far-future wasteland with a group of archeologists, searching for a lost city. There are numerous interlocking themes in common between the two lines of action, many of which are stated explicitly in charts in the text. The richness of detail in both stories is fascinating, and the wasteland setting could easily be revisited in other stories.

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