To the Dark Star 1962-69 (The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg)

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This story, "To See the Invisible Man," written in June of 1962, marks the beginning of my real career as a science-fiction writer, I think. The 1953-58 stories collected in To Be Continued, the first of this series of volumes, are respectable professional work, some better than others but all of them at least minimally acceptable--but most of them could have been written by just about anyone. Aside from a few particularly ambitious items, they were designed to slip unobtrusively into the magazines of their time, efficiently providing me with regular paychecks. But now, by freeing me from the need to calculate my way around the risk of rejection, Fred Pohl allowed--indeed, required--me to reach as deep into my literary resources as I was capable of doing. I knew that unless I gave him my very best, the wonderful guaranteed-sale deal I had with him would vanish as quickly as it had appeared. Therefore I would reach deeper and deeper, in the years ahead, until I had moved so far away from my youthful career as a hack writer that latecomers would find it hard to believe that I had been emotionally capable of writing all that junk, let alone willing to do it. In "To See the Invisible Man" the distinctive Silverberg fictional voice is on display for just about the first time. --Robert Silverberg

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The illuminating second volume of collected short stories by one of the field's masters makes time travel easy for SF readers. In the late '50s, as genre markets dried up, Silverberg nearly abandoned SF until he won the support of legendary writer/editor Frederick Pohl of Galaxy magazine. The stories written for Pohl mark Silverberg's journeyman years, when his vision stretched to match his growing skills as a writer. Pieces including "To See the Invisible Man," "The Pain Peddlers," "The Sixth Palace," "Flies" and the title story raise knife-edged questions about human kindness and human cruelty. "Ishmael in Love," "Passengers" and "Bride 91" are preoccupied with interspecies sex (to the old-fashioned Pohl's consternation). "Hawksbill Station," "A Happy Day in 2381" and "Sundance" explore extreme settings and points of view. Older SF readers will relish these 21 stories, Silverberg's first notable work, while younger readers may finally learn what all the completely justifiable fuss was about. (June)
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The second volume collecting Silverberg's short fiction deletes the years from 1958, when the leading distributor of pulp magazines collapsed, bringing the market for short sf down with it, to 1962, when that market modestly reopened. Silverberg responded with such classics as the title story, "Hawksbill Station," "A Happy Day in 2381," and "To See the Invisible Man." Silverberg is more familiar with postwar sf than practically anybody else, and this series incorporating his comments on the contents offers lots of information as well as good reading. Roland Green
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