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Murasaki Hardcover – May 1992


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Murasaki, star HD36395, where vastly different alien ecologies have evolved on two closely revolving planets: Genji, turbulent, reckless, filled with a variety of winged life, and Chujo, a world of ancient, crumbling cities slowly succumbing to the icy cold. However, both planets are host to intelligent but unimaginably strange forms of life and have another eerie connection that becomes rapidly apparent to the first human explorers…

Are the planets capable of supporting human life? The future wealth and pride of nations and, ultimately, the survival of the human race depend on the success of the first expedition to set down on the strangely-coloured alien soil…

Epic in scope, but intricately detailed and with a bold prophetic vision, Murasaki is destined to become a classic.

'Six Nebula Award-winning authors have created deftly interlinked stories…an exemplary shared-world anthology that adds up to more than the sum of its parts'
NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

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Robert Silverberg was born in New York City. He has been a full-time writer since graduating from Columbia. He has been nominated for more literary awards than any other science fiction or fantasy writer alive or dead. He and his wife Karen Haber live in San Francisco.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A few diamonds in the rough 21 Feb. 2001
By Alex - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Murasaki star system contains a duo of inhabitable planets that orbit each other: Genji - a high-gravity world with a dense, soupy atmosphere; and Chujo - an arid, wintry world of canyons and wind-swept plains. Neither is perfect for humans - on Genji they must wear pressure suits in addition to getting used to gravity levels half-again as high as on Earth; Chujo is more forgiving, though it can be intensely cold. Both planets serve home to sapient races: the Ihrdizu of Genji - low-tech amphibians that congregate in small villages; and the humanoids of Chujo - aloof, mysterious beings that ignore the humans entirely. It is here that the first manned interstellar expeditions will arrive, bearing humans of all frames of mind - Earthlings and off-worlders, atheists and philosophers, mystics and iconoclasts...
Instead of being a collaborative novel, "Murasaki" is a mixed bag of science fiction stories that share a setting, each written by a different award-winning author. Mind the fact that the only interesting part is the fairly in-depth world-creation notes (included as appendices), and that the stories are pathetically shallow and lead virtually nowhere...
...That is precisely what I though about this "science fiction novel in six parts" prior to reading the last two parts, which are so refreshingly, profoundly excellent that I almost wept with awe. A mystery of interplanetary proportions is suddenly built up and then revealed in flying colors.
It's really a pity that the rest of Murasaki doesn't follow suit.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
An interesting collaberative effort from many authors 27 Sept. 1998
By marlan@netscape.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I became interested in this book after reading Otherness by David Brin. One of the short stories in Otherness is actually a chapter in Murasaki. The book itself is has a very intruiging storyline and I enjoyed reading much of it. The only problam I had was the mental transition I had to make with each chapter of the book, as they are all written by different authors.
All in all, I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who likes the work of Brin, Bear, Anderson, Pohl, Kress etc etc etc.. They all wrote parts of it.
A good read.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not Free SF Reader 3 Aug. 2007
By Blue Tyson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A combination that deals with a literal Japanoyanko space race for land rights, basically. It is focusing on the septics, unsurprisingly, but not ignoring that the whole enterprise contained within the political situation surrounding it.

Then, what happens after they get there. The book is put together by multiple writers, to from a narrative.

There are some illustrations of the 'researcher in the field' type, of the local inhabitants, which are pretty groovy.

Murasaki : The Treasures of Chujo - Frederik Pohl
Murasaki : Genji - David Brin
Murasaki : Language - Poul Anderson
Murasaki : World Vast World Various - Gregory Benford
Murasaki : A Plague of Conscience - Greg Bear
Murasaki : Birthing Pool - Nancy Kress

Racing the Japanese to Murasaki, trolls await.

3.5 out of 5

Japanese expedition arrival, sexual relations of human and aliens, and the odd problem with gravity and such.

3 out of 5

Long term mission gets odd cult group while working on one particular local type.

3 out of 5

Snakehounds helping for herding, trolls battle, and a library.

3.5 out of 5

Bloke not the messiah.

2.5 out of 5

Teenage girls of more than one species, a death, and a new leader.

3 out of 5
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