Two exceptional novellas,
This review is from: Sailing to Byzantium / Seven American Nights (Tor Double) (Paperback)
An exceptional pair of novellas in the Ace Doubles series.
Robert Silverberg's Sailing To Byzantium is set in a far future where most humans are immortal and there are only ever 4 cities at any one time. These cities are recreations of great cities from the distant past and are regularly changed. Charles Phillips is a New Yorker who has somehow been transported from the 1980's to this strange time. The story follows Phillip's quest to understand the world he finds himself in and also to understand himself. It is, as with all prime Silverberg, very well written and of exactly the right length for it's material.
Gene Wolfe's Seven American Nights is the journal of Nadan, a young Persian visiting a now third-world America, plagued with poverty and mutations to it's people. Why Nadan is there is not clear but it is possibly to loot archaeological treasures. Seven American Nights is Wolfe at his peak, teasing and ambiguous.
In summary both of these are exceptional works and this is highly recommended to anyone wishing to sample two of SF and Fantasy's greats.
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