Enter a Soldier. Later: Enter Another by Robert Silverberg

"Enter a Soldier. Later: Enter Another"

by Robert Silverberg

Form: Novella

Year: 1989

ID: 277

Publication history:


Nominated for Nebula Award for best novelette, 1989. Winner of Hugo Award for best novella, 1990. Possible winner of an award for most punctuation in a story title.

Computer wizards of the 22nd century recreate famous historical personages in their machines and stage virtual meetings between them. Interestingly, Silverberg chose Francisco Pizarro and Socrates for this story instead of more well-known figures. Not that they're unknowns, they're just not obviously dramatic the way Hitler or Napoleon might have been. A very good story, deserving of its accolades. Aside from the computers used to create the AIs, no advanced technology is evident in the story. There is no time travel involved. Simulation is used to defeat the passage of time, in a way.

The scenario is revisited by other authors (Robert Sheckley, Poul Anderson, Gregory Benford and Pat Murphy) in Time Gate and in Time Gate 2 by Benford and Sheckley again with the addition of Christopher Stasheff, Matthew J. Costello, Anne McCaffrey and Karen Haber. Not a bad set of contributors, though Silverberg has remarked how difficult it was to get the others to really follow with the basic idea he came up with.

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