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  1. 4 out of 5

    Dave

    Robert Silverberg is widely considered one of the giants of science fiction. In this volume, he collects sixteen of his time travel stories, ranging across the length and breadth of his career from the 1950’s until he stopped writing in 2009. Time travel has always been a profoundly interesting fantasy, filled with paradoxes and conundrums. Silverberg, in these stories, explores quite a few ideas about time travel. There is a wide variety of stories here, all quite different and all fantastic. T Robert Silverberg is widely considered one of the giants of science fiction. In this volume, he collects sixteen of his time travel stories, ranging across the length and breadth of his career from the 1950’s until he stopped writing in 2009. Time travel has always been a profoundly interesting fantasy, filled with paradoxes and conundrums. Silverberg, in these stories, explores quite a few ideas about time travel. There is a wide variety of stories here, all quite different and all fantastic. There’s not a clunker or a filler in the bunch. Even the ones that weren’t incredible at first, later turned out to be quite good. Each story is prefaced with an introduction from Silverberg explaining how he came to write each story and where it found publication. He dedicates the book to HG Wells, Lovecraft, Heinlein, and Eric Bell. Silverberg begins with a fairly lengthy introduction about how he views time travel as completely free from boundaries of the imagination and how he consistently returned to the theme throughout his career. He discusses his early fascination with Wells’ Time Machine, Lovecraft’s Shadow Out if Time, John Taine’s Before the Dawn (Taine was apparently Eric Bell), and other early sources and inspirations. Absolutely Inflexible is one of those early fifties science fiction stories that somehow doesn’t seem dated, although the characters in it might feel dated. It deals with a bureaucratic solution to time travelers from the past appearances appearing with all the bacteria and viruses we had since been cured of. This is an idea that actually appears again in one of the later stories in the book, Gianni, which posits what would happen If we reached back in time and grabbed a genius from a past century. How would we go about doing it without changing the past and how would this genius adjust to modern-day life. Needle in a Timestack deals with a concept about what if someone only wanted to make tiny changes to timestream, such as prevent a divorce or redo a conversation or meet up that didn’t go as well as it could have. And what if there are lots of people making these small changes all the time. Other stories deal with the commercialization of time travel. Could we become tourists traveling through different times, cultures, and even dimensions. And what if the newspaper comes two weeks early? What would we do with that information? Do we keep it secret? Do we gamble? Play the stock market ? Would the newspaper sprinkling Secrets about the future stay the same? If we had time travel, we could be like tourists visiting the age of the 🦖 dinosaurs. But what if we met another tourist? The idea of meeting other time tourists is also explored in the novella Sailing to Byzantium where a traveler ends up in the future where everyone is a tourist exploring constructs of ancient civilizations and meets people who appear to be visiting from other centuries. Byzantium is a fascinating piece that really explores social constructs and social mores and feeling lost in another world. Without discussing all the stories in this volume, let’s just say it is stupendous, fascinating, and mind-blowing. Yup, It’s worth reading. Many thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jeanette

    It's ok. Having read some of these in past decades, it was interesting to see them all together in one spot. Some are way, way back from the late 1960's and others far more current. But I was perplexed in that so many themes remained nearly identical, despite having such imaginative and differentiating characterizations and circumstances. And from the trailer, I did think that some of the stories would be from peers of those eras. No, they are all Robert Silverberg. You know, I have become jaded f It's ok. Having read some of these in past decades, it was interesting to see them all together in one spot. Some are way, way back from the late 1960's and others far more current. But I was perplexed in that so many themes remained nearly identical, despite having such imaginative and differentiating characterizations and circumstances. And from the trailer, I did think that some of the stories would be from peers of those eras. No, they are all Robert Silverberg. You know, I have become jaded for this field of copy. Sci. Fiction genre can go nearly anywhere- but I find that the "eyes" are not as varied as I thought they were. Not even in time travel for a subject among many authors (despite all the paradox situations it can evolve) or in one author's work across many sci. fic. themes- are there as much true "variety" as I thought when I was younger. Honestly, my favorite time travel stuff has far more cultural or individual nuance than the technical. And this isn't it. But the first story is tops. Karma encapsulated in "self". Superb!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tonstant Weader

    Time and Time Again is an anthology of sixteen time-travel short stories by Robert Silverberg. That is a completely true statement that fails to capture the vastness of this book at all. Silverberg is a prolific science-fiction writer known for his fascination with time travel, so a collection of his short stories makes perfect sense. He writes short introductions to the stories that put them in the context of his life and writing career, including his work with editors and publishers. The stori Time and Time Again is an anthology of sixteen time-travel short stories by Robert Silverberg. That is a completely true statement that fails to capture the vastness of this book at all. Silverberg is a prolific science-fiction writer known for his fascination with time travel, so a collection of his short stories makes perfect sense. He writes short introductions to the stories that put them in the context of his life and writing career, including his work with editors and publishers. The stories go forward and backward in time and do so with far more nerve and imagination than we could imagine. After all, what if we could travel in time, not bodily, but by projecting our psyche, and we showed up in the body of a lobster? Or what if we figured out how to send incorrigible prisoners back so far in the past we don’t have to worry about them killing a butterfly? What if someone left the house one day on his usual commute and drove back in time without even trying? What would you do if your daily paper arrived a week early? While I enjoy some science fiction, I am only familiar with a few authors and Silverberg was new to me. Now I feel like I have found a huge trove of what will surely be great books. I like his writing, it’s active and disciplined. He can create a scene quickly, situate you in time and place and create suspense and tension with such ease that he makes it all look easy. His imagination is wild and uninhibited. There’s a humanity that suffuses his writing and makes his characters real and credible, even ones that are completely out of our experience. I enjoyed this book and savored it, reading just one story at a time so I could save their individual creativity. Each scenario was so new and fresh that I did not want them to run together. If you like science fiction at all, I am certain you will love Time and Time Again. I received a copy of Time and Time Again from the publisher through LibraryThing. Time and Time Again at Three Rooms Press Robert Silverberg author site ★★★★★ https://tonstantweaderreviews.wordpre...

  4. 5 out of 5

    Erika

    ** Full disclosure: I received this book in exchange for an honest review** I have to admit, time travel is not my favorite story theme, in fact, it usually ends up annoying the bejeezus out of me because it's so easy to “cheat” and just handwave away conflicts and problems with timey wimey stuff. Which makes it odd that I requested this as an early review book, but I did so on purpose, I was curious how I would like time travel stories written but such an experienced author. And the end resul ** Full disclosure: I received this book in exchange for an honest review** I have to admit, time travel is not my favorite story theme, in fact, it usually ends up annoying the bejeezus out of me because it's so easy to “cheat” and just handwave away conflicts and problems with timey wimey stuff. Which makes it odd that I requested this as an early review book, but I did so on purpose, I was curious how I would like time travel stories written but such an experienced author. And the end results are mostly mixed. I find all short story collections tend to work that way though. One or two stories I really liked, there was only one I pretty much hated and had to push myself to finish, though I felt that was more his technique and not the theme. I am not going to review each story but I will say that Homefaring was my favorite, it was an interesting take on something that could easily have become cheesy and cheap and instead engaged me so much I didn't want it to end. My least favorite was Breckenridge And The Continuum, his use of myths and storytelling within the story just pissed me off and I skimmed through most of his characters storytelling sections. I'm not even sure what he was saying with this one or if the main character was just insane vs. actually traveling through time. I did find some of the stories kind of old-fashioned, writing styles have changed so much that not all of the stories have aged well, but besides the one story I really hated I found them all interesting to read and I loved the variety of different takes he had on time travel. If you find older writing styles hard to read this might not be for you but it is a solid collection that challenged my views on time travel as a sub-genre.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jerry Pogan

    Few subjects boggle the mind as much as the concept of time, especially when it comes to time travel and all the paradoxes it entails. Put the subject in the very capable hands of Robert Silverberg and you have a great read. This collection of short stories is fantastic and deals with time in various ways. Some of the stories are simply set in a different time period and not necessarily focused on time travel but a couple are about the paradoxes involved in time travel and in my opinion are the Few subjects boggle the mind as much as the concept of time, especially when it comes to time travel and all the paradoxes it entails. Put the subject in the very capable hands of Robert Silverberg and you have a great read. This collection of short stories is fantastic and deals with time in various ways. Some of the stories are simply set in a different time period and not necessarily focused on time travel but a couple are about the paradoxes involved in time travel and in my opinion are the best of the stories. Regardless, Silverberg is a great writer and all of the stories are good.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Robert Silverberg is one of the first Science Fiction authors I remember reading as a young adult. His stories always seemed to contain that special quality… that euphoria I get when a story sweeps you away. No doubt that is why he is considered among the masters in the field of Science Fiction. In this anthology of time travel stories, Silverberg explores various problems and contradictions that time travel could cause. Despite being a collection of sixteen stories, each story is unique in some Robert Silverberg is one of the first Science Fiction authors I remember reading as a young adult. His stories always seemed to contain that special quality… that euphoria I get when a story sweeps you away. No doubt that is why he is considered among the masters in the field of Science Fiction. In this anthology of time travel stories, Silverberg explores various problems and contradictions that time travel could cause. Despite being a collection of sixteen stories, each story is unique in some way. I think that is one of the reasons I have always loved his works, he has never failed to impress with his unending imagination. This collection served to further reinforce my feelings. It is not feasible to write a synopsis of each story. However, I will tell you that Silverberg has written a short introduction to each story that explains how he came to write the story and where and when it appeared. I actually liked this addition information and it did shed light on his thought processes. Therefore, I am glad the publisher had the foresight to include the introductions. In addition to the story introductions, there is a lengthy introduction to the collection that I found interesting. Silverberg, among other things, talked about those that influenced him in his career. Because I have not read much about Silverberg himself, I found it intriguing. My favorite story of the batch was Gianni. I was intrigued just from the introduction where Silverberg explained about his desire to be published in Playboy and how the editor at the time insisted that he change the story. In the story a musical genius that died at a young age from TB is brought forward in time from the 18th century where now he is cured but suffers from, shall we say, excesses. At the heart, the story is suggesting that karma follows a person even in time travel. I highly recommend Time and Time Again to all lovers of Science Fiction. This is a fantastic assembly of time travel stories from one of the best writers of our time. I received an ARC from the publisher via LibraryThing’s Early Reviewers program. For more of my reviews, and author interviews, see my blog at www.thespineview.com.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Annarella

    I loved this collection of short stories. Silverberg is a master of sci-fi so I had high expectations. All my expectations were met. Highly recommended to sci-fi lovers. Many thanks to Three Rooms Press and Edelweiss for this ARC

  8. 5 out of 5

    Mark Bodenstein

    A very good collection of time travel stories from across Silverberg’s long career. Several have surprises or twists at the end, but many don’t. And I found them as worthwhile or more so. They are each thorough and satisfying explorations of an idea and don’t need a surprise ending, just a consistent thinking through and a skillful telling.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    A great collection of stories about the dangers & joys of traveling on time stream. Grand Master Robert Silverberg indeed.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Fred

    Enlightening on three levels; as a sampling of time travel stories, as an overview of Robert Silverberg’s oeuvre, and as a history of the trends and markets of late 20th century science fiction.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rob Christopher

    Very entertaining. There's a nice range of styles too (then again, he's been writing stories for about 65 years!) Very entertaining. There's a nice range of styles too (then again, he's been writing stories for about 65 years!)

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lisa De Weerdt

    Wonderful anthology of short stories and novellas by Robert Silverberg. Not all are equally outstanding, but if you have any interest in the themes of time travel and alternate realities, there's bound to be a couple stories in here that'll scratch that itch. Wonderful anthology of short stories and novellas by Robert Silverberg. Not all are equally outstanding, but if you have any interest in the themes of time travel and alternate realities, there's bound to be a couple stories in here that'll scratch that itch.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Glennie

    Loved this book. Great stories about time travel from different eras and from different angles. A really good collection. If you enjoy time travel, check it out.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Brad Guy

    Up to now I've read very little Robert Silverberg. Not for any good reason, I just haven't gotten around to it. The obnoxiously vibrant cover of Time and Time Again leapt off the shelf at the book shop and insisted that I take it home, and who was I to say no? Of the sixteen stories contained within, (all of which are time travel stories, or time travel adjacent), there were only a couple I didn't like. I didn't hate them, I just didn't like them. Those were Jennifer's Lover, and The Far Side of Up to now I've read very little Robert Silverberg. Not for any good reason, I just haven't gotten around to it. The obnoxiously vibrant cover of Time and Time Again leapt off the shelf at the book shop and insisted that I take it home, and who was I to say no? Of the sixteen stories contained within, (all of which are time travel stories, or time travel adjacent), there were only a couple I didn't like. I didn't hate them, I just didn't like them. Those were Jennifer's Lover, and The Far Side of the Bell Shaped Curve. Maybe I didn't like them because they didn't have happy endings, and these days happy endings are a valuable commodity. The rest of the stories ranged from good, to great, to wow! I especially liked Homefaring, about intelligent lobster-like creatures a billion years in the future, Sailing to Byzantium, an odd look at an odd humanity fifty thousand years from now, and Hawksbill Station, about a political prison camp set in the late Cambrian. Each story in the collection treats time travel from a different perspective. This isn't like Poul Anderson's Time Patrol, or Mike Flynn's Stone Eagle stories. Silverberg never wants to do the same thing twice. For the most part Silverberg seems interested in his characters' reaction to being cast adrift in time. As such he seldom shows interest in the mechanics of time travel. The means by which the characters move around in time varies from story to story; in some cases it is never described at all, in others it is given only a few brief sentences. It is the affect on the travelers themselves, tourists, prisoners, hapless castaways, that is the meat and potatoes of these stories. This may explain why I've so seldom read Silverberg. I tend strongly toward the harder end of science fiction, this isn't that. It is, however, good, and I can recommend it. By Goodreads' ranking, I give it between 3 and 4 stars.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Andrii Mykhailov

    Enjoyed reading this book, both stories and little personal anecdotes preceding them.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bernard

    Some very odd stories.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lars-Erik Hobber

    (4,5*) Det er vanskelig å anmelde novellesamlinger, de er av natur ujevne beist. Dog er dette en av de mer solide jeg har lest og det var vel egentlig kun én novelle her jeg ikke var spesielt begeistret for; resten var jevnt over meget bra. Skulle jeg trekke frem noen favoritter så måtte det vel være "The Far Side of the Bell-Shaped Curve", "Hawksbill Station" og "The Man Who Floated in Time" Denne samlingen tror jeg spesielt dro fordel av at jeg leser slike samlinger over tid (jeg leser en novel (4,5*) Det er vanskelig å anmelde novellesamlinger, de er av natur ujevne beist. Dog er dette en av de mer solide jeg har lest og det var vel egentlig kun én novelle her jeg ikke var spesielt begeistret for; resten var jevnt over meget bra. Skulle jeg trekke frem noen favoritter så måtte det vel være "The Far Side of the Bell-Shaped Curve", "Hawksbill Station" og "The Man Who Floated in Time" Denne samlingen tror jeg spesielt dro fordel av at jeg leser slike samlinger over tid (jeg leser en novelle mellom hver roman jeg leser); jeg mistenker at jeg ville blitt mektig lei tidsreiser om jeg skulle lest hele samlingen i ett kjør.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lester B Pennington

    Classic Silverberg Robert Silverberg has of way of making the impossible entertaining. Some classic shorts and some I had never read. Enjoyed the ride.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Herkko Vuorinen

    Great entertainment.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Three Rooms Press

  21. 4 out of 5

    Alan

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Adiyah

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sgtdawkins

  24. 4 out of 5

    Beth

  25. 5 out of 5

    Arild Moland

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Spangler

  27. 4 out of 5

    Terry Weingart

  28. 4 out of 5

    Harvey Wood

  29. 5 out of 5

    Martha L. Rose

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ron Zwart

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