Robert Silverberg


Robert Silverberg (born 1935) is a prolific American author, best known for writing science fiction. He is a multiple winner of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards.

In 1969 Nightwings was awarded the Hugo for best novella. Silverberg won a Nebula award in 1970 for the short story Passengers, two the following year for his novel A Time of Changes and the short story Good News from the Vatican, and yet another in 1975 for his novella Born with the Dead.

Silverberg received a Nebula award in 1986 for his novella Sailing to Byzantium, which takes its name from Yeats' poem; a Hugo in 1990 for Enter a Soldier. Later: Enter Another; and in 2004 he was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America.

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From Librivox:

1.  Starman’s Quest  (20 chapters)

Silverberg wrote: “This was my second novel, which I wrote when I was 19, in my junior year at Columbia.”  Starman’s Quest is probably most famously remembered for employing the “twin paradox.”  Travelling at speeds close to that of light, spacemen lived at an accelerated pace. When one of the twin boys left the starship, he grew older while his twin in space barely aged. So the starship twin left the ship to find what happened to his brother who was aging away on earth.

2.   Postmark Ganymede (7th story from Short Sci Fi Collection 017)

Consider the poor mailman of the future. To “sleet and snow and dead of night”—things that must not keep him from his appointed rounds—will be added, sub-zero void, meteors, and planets that won’t stay put. Maybe he’ll decide that for six cents an ounce it just ain’t worth it. From Amazing Stories, September 1957.

3.  The Happy Unfortunate  (4th story from Short Science Fiction Collection 019)

4.  The Haunted Heros  (4th story from Short Science Fiction 031)

5.  Postmark Ganymede (12th story from Sci Fi Stories # 34)

6.  The Judas Valley - written with Randall Garrett - Why did everybody step off the ship in this strange valley and promptly drop dead? How could a well-equipped corps of tough spacemen become a field of rotting skeletons in this quiet world of peace and contentment? It was a mystery Peter and Sherri had to solve. If they could live long enough! [from the Judas Valley] Originally published in Amazing Stories, October 1956


From Escape Pod:

1.  Escape Pod: EP086 - When We Went to See the End of the World

Mike offered Nick some pot. “That’s really something,” he said. “To have gone to the end of the world. Hey, Ruby, maybe we’ll talk to the travel agent about it.”

2.  E Pod  Escape Pod EP093 - {Now + n, Now - n}

 All had been so simple, so elegant, so profitable for ourselves. And then we met the lovely Selene and nearly were undone. She came into our lives during our regular transmission hour on Wednesday, October 7, 1987, between six and seven P.M. Central European Time. The moneymaking hour. I was in satisfactory contact with myself and also with myself. (Now ‚Äì n was due on the line first, and then I would hear from (now + n).

3.  Escape Pod: EP130 - What We Learned From This Morning’s Newspaper

I got home from the office as usual at 6:47 this evening and discovered that our peaceful street has been in some sort of crazy uproar all day. The newsboy it seems came by today and delivered the New York Times for Wednesday December 1 to every house on Redbud Crescent. Since today is Monday November 22 it follows therefore that Wednesday December 1 is the middle of next week. I said to my wife are you sure that this really happened? Because I looked at the newspaper myself before I went off to work this morning and it seemed quite all right to me.

4.  Escape Pod: EP113 - Ishmael in Love

I am a lonely mammalian organism who has committed acts of heroism on behalf of your species and wishes only the reward of a more intimate relationship ["love"] with Miss Lisabeth Calkins. I beseech compassionate members of H. sapiens to speak favorably of me to her. I am loyal, trustworthy, reliable, devoted, and extremely intelligent. I would endeavor to give her stimulating companionship and emotional fulfillment ["happiness"] in all respects within my power.

5.  Escape Pod: EP153 –Schwartz between the galaxies

This much is reality: Schwartz sits comfortably cocooned — passive, suspended — in a first-class passenger rack aboard a Japan Air Lines rocket, nine kilometers above the Coral Sea. And this much is fantasy: the same Schwartz has passage on a shining starship gliding silkily through the interstellar depths, en route at nine times the velocity of light from Betelgeuse IX to Rigel XXI, or maybe from Andromeda to the Lesser Magellanic

Barrett was the uncrowned King of Hawksbill Station. He had been there the longest; he had suffered the most; he had the deepest inner resources of strength. Before his accident, he had been able to whip any man in the place. Now he was a cripple, but he still had that aura of power that gave him command. When there were problems at the Station, they were brought to Barrett. That was axiomatic. He was the king.

From Archive.Org:  

1.  When We Went to See the End of the World  by Robert Silverberg

A travel agency starts offering time-travel trips to see the end of the world. Among the keep-up-with-the-Joneses crowd, it's the fashionable thing to do. The odd part is, everybody who goes sees something different.

2.  To See the Invisible Man by Robert Silverberg

As punishment for his antisocial behavior, a man is sentenced to a year of invisibilty. People can still see him, but they are required by law to have nothing to do with him—no conversation, no contact, nothing.  This story was adapted as a Twilight Zone episode in 1985 (episode 1.40), which was first broadcast in January of 1986.

3.  After the Myths Went Home by Robert Silverberg

More than ten thousand years into the future, people bore easily, so they start recreating great historical figures for their amusement. When they tire of that, they start making fictional and mythical characters. At their distant remove, it's pretty much the same thing. So they make Adam and Eve, Pan, Odysseus, the Minotaur, Salome, and many others. But eventually the people became bored with the myths, too. It is only later that they discover that having myths is maybe a good thing.

4.  To the Dark Star by Robert Silverberg

The mutual distrust and enmity among a trio of ill-matched astro-physicists sent on an expedition to observe the collapse of a dying star turn deadly when it becomes obvious one must sacrifice their life to complete the mission..


From Hard SF.Org:  (Go down to Silverberg)


1. Double Dare - X Minus One  Radio drama

Two earthling engineers take an unlikely bar-room bet with a race of aliens. The whole thing gets out of hand, or in the case of the aliens out of tentacle.…


2. The Moon Is New  (aka ‘First Men On The Moon’) - Exploring Tomorrow  Radio drama

An expectant father has visions of his son's future in a world reeling from invasion and conquest by an advanced alien race


3. Overpopulation   (aka "No Way Out" & "Solution Impossible")  -Exploring Tomorrow  Radio drama

Mankind has spread throughout the Solar System, but still faces catastrophic overcrowding on Earth. The Secretary-General of the UN must somehow convince the ambassador from Venus to open the colonies to Earth's teeming billions. 


From NPR Sci Fi Radio & Mind Webs:

1.  NPR - 8 - Sundance - Robert Silverberg

2.  111 -Mindwebs-790916 - Look Homeward Spaceman - Robert Silverberg