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Titles to Look Out For:
[in alphabetical order, dated to earliest edition. Each listing includes later editions and printings]

1975. Stochastic Man
1976. Shadrach in the Furnace
1984. Valentine Pontifex
1994. Hot Sky At Midnight

About the Author:
Robert Silverberg was born in New York in 1935. He sold his first novel while still a student at Columbia University, and has been a full-time writer since graduation. By 1994, he had published more than fifty novels, as well as serious works of history and archaeology.

He has been nominated for more awards for his fiction than any other science fiction writer dead, or alive

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Silverberg, Robert. 'Stochastic Man', published in  1976 by the Science Fiction Book Club with dustjacket, hbk, 230pp. Sorry, sold out, but click image to access prebuilt search for this particular edition on Amazon UK
1976, Readers Union, hbk
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  • The Stochastic Man [top]
    First published by Victor Gollancz in 1975 and reprinted in 1976 by the Readers Union Book Club, hardcover, 230 pages
  • Was originally published serially in a slightly different form in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

Story: Lew Nichols is in the business of stochastic prediction. A mixture of sophisticated analysis and informed guesswork, it is the nearest approach late-twentieth century man can make to predicting the future. In Nichols' hands, it is a tool of almost uncanny accuracy and his expertise gains him an important place in the entourage of Paul Quinn, the ambitious and characteristic Mayor of the virtually ungovernable city of New York, whose sights are set on the Presidency in 2004. Effective though it is, there is nothing paranormal about stochastic prediction. Nichols guesses the future; he cannot actually see it. That's the extraordinary gift the reclusive Martin Carvajal offers to teach him-total clairvoyant knowledge of the future. Caught up in an obsessive desire to help Quinn into the White House, it is a chance Nichols is unable to resist, even though he can clearly see the effect on Carvajal of knowing in advance every act of his life, up to and including the moment of his death...

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1976, Gollancz, hbk

2001, Gollancz, pbk

Silverberg, Robert. 'Shadrach in the Furnace', published in 1977 by the Readers Union in hardcover, 248pp.  Very good condition Readers Union hardcover reprint with very good dustjacket, 246 pages, well looked-after. Internal pages have some light tanning . Price: £3.55, not including p&p, which is Amazon's standard charge (currently £2.75 for UK buyers and more for overseas customers
1977, Readers Union
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Story: Forty years in the future, mankind is united under a single government, but this is no Utopian world-state. the Virus War of the 1990s has loosed on the world a ferocious, genetically-transmitted endemic disease-the organ rot-from which the bulk of the population slowly dies. An antidote is available, but only the lucky few are assured of their supply. The ruler of mankind is the self-styled Genghis Mao, whose over-riding obsession is the promotion of scientific research that will develop ways of ensuring his continued survival. The most promising of these is Project Avatar, which seeks a way of transferring the electrical pattern of his mind to the brain of an unfortunate donor.

Shadrach Mordecai, Genghis Mao's trusted personal physician, is a vital cog in the great machine devoted to keeping the great leader alive. Linked to Genghis Mao by a network of electronic implants, Shadrach is virtually an extension of the dictator's body, able to sense and diagnose the first symptoms of malfunction. His position seems secure...until the man chosen for Project Avatar commits suicide, and he learns that the body Genghis Mao has now decided he would like to take over is his own.

Silverberg, Robert. 'Valentine Pontifex', published by Victor Gollancz in 1984 in hardcover with dustjacket, ISBN 0575034440, 348pp. Very good condition copy with price-clipped dustjacket. Price:£4.15, not including p&p, which is Amazon's standard charge (currently £2.75 for UK buyers and more for overseas customers)
1984, Victor Gollancz, hbk
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  • Valentine Pontifex [top]
    Jacket illustration by Jim Burns
    First published in 1984 in Great Britain (1st UK Edition) by Victor Gollancz in hardback with dustjacket, 347pp, ISBN 0575034440

Story: This book is the final part of the trilogy after Lord Valentine's Castle and Majipoor Chronicles, stories from the planet Majipoor. In this final book, Majipoor is now established as the rightful and popular Coronal of Majipoor, but sooner or later he must reluctantly succed to the title of Pontifex and retire to the Labyrinth, leaving behind the colourful life of Castle Mount. The old Pontifex, Tyeveras, has held the title for generations, but is now almost wholly senile, kept alive only be immersion in a complex life-support chamber. Soon he must be allowed to die, but first there is a final challenge for Valentine to face, side-by-side with his chosen successor Hissune. A series of ecological blights begins to strike at Majipoor, threatening to turn a world of plenty into one plagued by starvation and despair. Once again the native Metamorphs are working to drive humans and other aliens from their world, and this time their challenge is even more formidable...

Silverberg, Robert. 'Hot Sky at Midnight', paperback, published in 1994 by HarperCollins Science Fiction, 392pp. Very good condition, well looked-after copy. Price: £1.50 (not including postage & packing, which for UK buyers is Amazon's standard £2.75 charge, more for overseas buyers)
1994, HarperCollins
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Story: There's no mistaking the terminal phase of irreversible catastrophe. The climate has gone berserk. Rising oceans inundate swamps and deserts. Genetic engineers have yet to redesign the human body to cope with the crud in the air, the water, the food, the soil. Now time has run out. With Earth a lost cause, the satellite worlds twinkling in orbit are prime territory for takeover by the powerful and rich. They are a single battleground on which the richest and most powerful megacorps, Kyocera-Merck and Samurai Industries, fight, no holds-barred. In the artificial purity of satellite air or beneath the bilious skies of Earth, despite newly evolved bacterial plagues and bribe-taking androids, Robert Silverberg's characters pursue destinies both outrageously self-interested and heartwrenchingly familiar in a savagely funny story of our planet's last gasp

 



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