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Tower Of Glass (Gollancz SF collector's edition) Paperback – 20 Apr 2000

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  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New edition edition (20 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575070978
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575070974
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,746,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A tense and powerful novel from one of the most versatile and imaginative of all science fiction writers working at the height of his powers.

About the Author

Robert Silverberg (1935 - )
Robert Silverberg has been a professional writer since 1955, widely known for his science fiction and fantasy stories. He is a many-time winner of the Hugo and Nebula awards, was named to the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 1999, and in 2004 was designated as a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. His books and stories have been translated into forty languages. Among his best known titles are Nightwings, Dying Inside, The Book Of Skulls, and the three volumes of the Majipoor Cycle: Lord Valentine's Castle, Majipoor Chronicles and Valentine Pontifex. His collected short stories, covering nearly sixty years of work, are being published in nine volumes by SF Gateway and Subterranean Press. His most recent book is Tales Of Majipoor (2013), a new collection of stories set on the giant world made famous in Lord Valentine's Castle.
He and his wife Karen and an assorted population of cats, live in the San Francisco Bay Area in a sprawling house surrounded by exotic plants.

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This is the book that lost out when Larry Niven won a Hugo and a Nebula for Ringworld, possibly the worst Hugo-winning novel I've read (while I'm griping, A Case Of Conscience isn't all it's cracked up to be, either). The worst part about being beaten by the most over-rated Hugo winner of all time? Well, both books open with a character hopping through a teleporter across the earth, but Silverberg GOT THE TIME ZONE CHANGES RIGHT and didn't have to do a second edition with the high school math corrected.

So while Ringworld is full of leery nudity, Thundercats and dopey tripods and no plot of any real worth, Tower of Glass opts instead for story and characterisation. It's an operatic tragedy with timeless themes about the relationship of master and slave and the siren call of destiny; it's probably the defining Silverberg book. Although plainly inspired by the civil rights struggles in 20th century America, the book still feels fresh, because it's about division of society and the disconnection of the super-rich from everyday reality. The writing is bold and leaps out of the page with unbridled enthusiasm. Silverberg reportedly complains that the book was butchered by its editor, and while, with retrospect, this is perhaps detectable in the pacing, I wouldn't say my enjoyment was harmed.

Ignore my whining about how grievously this was pipped for an award and just buy the book. If you like classic sci-fi, this is a great mix of the Golden Age and the New Wave, it's the quintessential Silverberg novel (as you'll see from my reviews, I should know: I've read a whole lot of them) and it's just a brilliant piece of escapist fun. Enjoy. ...And if you see Larry Niven, punch him in the chest.

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