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Needle in a timestack [Mass Market Paperback]

Robert Silverberg

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere Books; paperback / softback edition (1967)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722178239
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722178232
  • ASIN: B0000CPOVY
  • Product Dimensions: 18 x 10.6 x 1.4 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,430,069 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Silverbob always impresses 4 Nov 2003
By Michael Z. Williamson - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
These stories, written in the 1950s and 1960s focus on the human psyche...what happens if someone offers you money for film rights to your surgery, if you agree not to use anesthetic? What happens to someone who visits a society where sickness is unknown, and is immediately imprisoned in a hermetically sealed environment against contamination? These questions and more are discussed in stories that read at a breakneck pace.
Forty years later, the questions are still timely and relevant, and can be considered in relation to "reality" TV and overprotectiveness and political correctness. And Silverberg never takes the easy way out. This is what science fiction is supposed to be--the future of the human spirit.
There is also a later edition with the same title, with a couple of additional stories added. Both editions are well worth acquiring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic short stories from one of the masters of science fiction 17 April 2013
By phatmann - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This was the second Silverberg book I read. I was blown away that I had never heard of this amazing author! I decided to start a Silverberg e-group to get the word out, and it is still going strong many years later.

Each short story is powerful and very well-written. You will impressed by the depth of the characters, the quality of the dialog, and the cleverness of the plot. These are the hallmarks of a Silverberg short story. Read this, and then buy more!
5.0 out of 5 stars An acidulous collection of science fiction stories 10 Dec 2008
By DONALD G. FOX - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
What a great fortune that this volume dropped into my lap. The very first story looks at issues that are now relevant to most television adherents: "reality TV." Where is morality in presenting painful situations or even physical pain to a viewing public in the name of entertainment? From scenarios of manipulating news (à George Orwell) to interplanetary sideshows to illegal temporal jumping, these stories will entertain the most serious science fiction buffs and those who are just whetting their appetite for this amazing genre. The most abstract and haunting is perhaps "The Sixth Palace" in which Silverberg leaves a lot to his readers' imaginations. My favorite is "To See the Invisible Man." Take some time to read these great adventures.

The individual story titles (and date of copyright) are listed below:

"The Pain Peddlers" (1963)
"Passport to Sirius" (1958)
"Birds of a Feather" (1958)
"There Was an Old Woman" (1958)
"The Shadow of Wings" (1963)
"Absolutely Inflexible" (1966)
"His Brother's Weeper" (1959)
"The Sixth Palace" (1955)
"To See the Invisible Man" (1963)
"The Iron Chancellor" (1958)
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read, be ready to be confused!!! 2 Nov 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on
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Good read, but I fealt there was just something lacking in the end. The story just didn't have a satisfiable end. It was like; "Sit down my dear and I will explain it to you, but my reader friends I will just leave hanging.."
4.0 out of 5 stars Jaunts and Phasings 29 Aug 2013
By P.S. - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
Classic, clever, Time Travel -- a short story of life in the not-too-distant future, when "Time Jaunts" are for everyone. Go to the distant past to witness great moments, or to a more recent time to tidy up your life. Trouble is, with so many traveling, things can go wrong. A sudden twitch in your eye or a taste of cotton in your mouth and you know you've been "Time-phased" again. But this time it's no accident, and it's worse than you could have imagined.

Great concept and a fun read.
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