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The Man In The Maze [Kindle Edition]

Robert Silverberg
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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During his heroic first encounter with an alien race, Dick Muller was permanently altered, hideously transformed in a way that left him repulsive to the entire human race. Alone and embittered, he exiled himself to Lemnos, an abandoned planet famed for its labyrinthine horrors, both real and imagined. But now, Earth trembles on the brink of extinction, threatened by another alien species, and only Muller can rescue the planet. Men must enter the murderous maze of Lemnos, find Muller, and convince him to return with them. But will the homeless alien, alone in the universe, risk his life to save his race, the race that has utterly rejected him? (First published 1968)

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When Dick Muller, repulsive to the entire human race after an encounter with an alien race leaves him terribly altered, arrives on the abandoned planet of Lemnos, he learns that Earth is in danger, forcing him to make a difficult decision--save the planet that scorned him or watch Earth be destroyed. Reprint.

About the Author

In his illustrious forty-five-year career as a novelist and author of short fiction, Robert Silverberg has belonged in the company of the best writers of the 20th century. His writing has been compared to Conrad, Huxley and Orwell.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 431 KB
  • Print Length: 189 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway (29 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,968 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars A must for Silverberg fans. 8 Sept. 2010
By Behan
First up: If - like myself - you're a nut for Silverberg's books of the late Sixties and early Seventies, then this is for you. If you haven't read anything by this elder statesman of science fiction, then maybe there are better places to start - Tower of Glass, The Stochastic Man or Nightwings, perhaps - but nevertheless, this is a very enjoyable example of Silverberg's literary and experimental SF.

Unsurprisingly, the story has a very fantastical feel, being inspired by Ancient Greek myth and it's perhaps a little too escapist for those who prefer logic puzzles and plausibility. The plot concerns a man whose bizarre psychic powers cause him such pain that he exiles himself away from his own kind in a deadly labyrinth, the artefact of an ancient and long-gone race of aliens. Two government men seek to liberate him, a callow youth and his Machiavellian superior, for the sake of the human race, which faces a terrible alien enemy. On the face of it, very silly indeed, but Silverberg works his usual magic, drawing the reader into the mystery enough to make him persevere. There's all the usual themes that this author returns to again and again: the crises of identity caused by the alteration of body or mind; the struggle of will against destiny; the quest for redemption of the human spirit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Silverberg 5 Jun. 2010
If you can find a copy of this great classic get hold of it and read it. You won't be disappointed by Silverberg's brilliant story which takes themes from 'Thorns', his breakthrough work, and refines them into a mature study of alienation and redemption, all within a cracking plot.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good classic 14 Nov. 2011
By M. Ives
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This is a good classic which just goes to prove that you can write a great story with good plot and in depth characters without having to drag it out into these boring derge-like trilogies that we sadly see today.
Small, punchy and thoughtful. A good Silverberg novel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great scifi 20 May 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I read this book many years ago and the second time (with many years in between) didn't diminish its quality.
To anyone who likes good scifi I'd recommend it unreservedly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and intriguing book 3 Dec. 2004
I first came a cross this book in school library when I was 14 and I was intrigued by the fascinating story both action and thought.
My recommendation is for people who like to read SF books that combine a thrilling story with an interesting idea behind.
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