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To be Continued: 1953-58

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Author: Robert Silverberg
Publisher: Subterranean Press, 2006
Series: The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg: Book 1
Book Type: Collection
Genre: Science-Fiction
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First in a projected eight volumes collecting all of the short stories and novellas SF Grandmaster Silverberg wants to take their place on the permanent shelf. Each volume will be roughly 150,000-200,000 words, with classics and lesser known gems alike. Mr. Silverberg has also graced us with a lengthy introduction and extensive story notes for each tale.

The Subterranean Collected Silverberg will vary greatly from the UK trade paperback series published in the 1990s. Due to the publisher's desire to limit the series to six volumes, many stories and, especially, novellas, could not be included. The Subterranean Collected Silverberg will be the definitive set.

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From Publishers Weekly

"Beginning with his very first sale, "Gorgon Planet," Hugo and Nebula award-winner Silverberg (A Time of Changes) collects 24 stories from the prolific first five years of his career (1953-1958), each piece with a lively headnote about its genesis, magazine venue and editor... Though none of his best-known or award-winning stories are included, these selections, which Silverberg deems the best of his early era, illustrate his apprenticeship and presage the Grand Master he has become."

From SF Site:

"And there is a consistent ambition which clearly drives most of the stories here. All of this is unusual in the pulp science fiction of the time, and while they would lead to bigger and better things for Silverberg they also mean that these early efforts still retain interest for the reader today."

From Green Man Review:

"Of equal interest--and value--are Silverberg's introductions to each story. They become, as one reads along, a history not only of the early days of Silverberg's career (he sold his first story at age eighteen and was writing steadily throughout his college years), but a glimpse at a unique period in the history of the field: the Golden Age, when editors such as Campbell, Boucher, and Gold were shaping the future of this particular brand of literature and leaving behind the days of the pulp-formula story in favor of the literary explosion that happened in the 1960s and 1970s."


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