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by Robert Silverberg

  • ISBN: 0586045635
  • Author: Robert Silverberg
  • ePub ver: 1403 kb
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  • Rating: 4.5 of 5
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 144
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services; New edition edition (February 1, 1979)
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  • Category: Fantasy
  • Subcategory: Science Fiction
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Walton, government's new Master of Life and Death in Robert Silverberg's early and accomplished novel. Read books for free from anywhere and from any device.

Global overcrowding, a new immortality serum and an unfriendly alien ambassador are only a few of the problems confronting Roy Walton, government's new Master of Life and Death in Robert Silverberg's early and accomplished novel. Praised by a distinguished critic, Anthony Boucher, for "its complete clarity and narrative drive" the novel retains its power today. Master Of Life And Death. by Robert Silverberg. For Antigone- Who Thinks We’re Property. Listen to books in audio format instead of reading.

by Robert Silverberg. Refer them to FitzMaugham’s book. Tell them they’re cogs in a mighty machine, working to save humanity. We can’t let personal considerations interfere, Pauline. No, the old man’s death is as much of a mystery to me as it is to you. But I have to thank you for wrecking the door so completely when you blasted your way in. It gave me a chance to make some repairs when I most wanted to.

How much duller life would be without them, Walton thought, picturing his bookshelf-his one bookshelf, in his crowded little cubicle of a one-room home. Sweat poured down his back as he groped toward his decision. The step he was considering would disqualify him from his job if he admitted it, though he wouldn’t do that.

He is a multiple winner of both Hugo and Nebula Awards, a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, and a Grand Master of SF. He has attended every Hugo Awards ceremony since the inaugural event in 1953. Silverberg was born to Jewish parents in Brooklyn, New York.

But he did his work well. God, I wish I’d been on time for once in my life!

But he did his work well. God, I wish I’d been on time for once in my life! Walton glanced numbly from the dead Ludwig on the floor to the live one standing opposite him. His shocked mind realized dimly what had happened. The assassin, masked to look like Ludwig, had arrived at 1300, and had been admitted to the director’s office.

Future Grand Master Robert Silverberg's fifth sci-fi novel, "Master of Life and Death," was originally released as. .Hypercreativity means little without talent to back it up, and if this book is a typical one for Silverberg's early period, then I, for one, am going to be seeking out more

Future Grand Master Robert Silverberg's fifth sci-fi novel, "Master of Life and Death," was originally released as one-half of one of those cute little "Ace doubles" (D-237, for all you collectors out there), back to back with James White's "The Secret Visitors. Hypercreativity means little without talent to back it up, and if this book is a typical one for Silverberg's early period, then I, for one, am going to be seeking out more. In the book, the year is 2232, and Earth's population, at 7 billion, is undergoing a major crisis of space and resources. Whoa, stop right there!

Master Of Life And Death.

Master Of Life And Death. Author: Robert Silverberg. Publisher: Ace Books, 1957. Global overcrowding, a new immortality serum and an unfriendly alien ambassador are only a few of the problems confronting Roy Walton, government’s new Master of Life and Death in Robert Silverberg’s early and accomplished novel. Praised by a distinguished critic, Anthony Boucher, for its complete clarity and narrative drive the novel retains its power today.

A gathering of the SF Grandmaster's early pulp stories, collected for the first time! Science Fiction. Yakoub was once the legendary King of the Rom, the Gypsy race that has evolved from the days of caravans into lords of the spaceways - the only pilots capable of steering ships safely between the many worlds of the Galaxy. Weary and proud, Yakoub has relinquished his power and lives in exile on a distant, icy world. In his absence, chaos fills the vacuum of power. The fate of the entire Galactic Empire hangs in the balance. One fee. Stacks of books. Read whenever, wherever. Your phone is always with you, so your books are too – even when you’re offline.

Robert Silverberg was born in 1935 and began to write while studying for his BA at Columbia University. He is one of the most prolific of all SF writers and among his many fine novels are Dying Inside, The Book of Skulls, A Time of Changes and Lord Valentine's Castle. Библиографические данные.

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Comments (7)

Jack
I generally really like Silverberg, but there really is something wrong with this story.

I don't *always* have to have a happy ending; I really liked the ending for "A for Anything." That ending was unexpected, but the author pulled it off.

Here, Silverberg gives us an ending that feels . . . tacked on, somehow.

The protagonist does much that is gravely evil. At the end, Silverberg *almost* gives an ending where the protagonist has to look at all he has done and say, "It was all for nothing. I have sold my soul, and I am left with . . . nothing."

Which would have been an ending.

Instead, he pulls out this deus ex machina "ending," in which the main character's dead-end is resolved for him, and now, well, I guess everything is just fine.

Just fine? If you read this, try a mental review of what the main character has done in this story. It's not "just fine."

I wish I could recommend this. As another reviewer notes, it's *Silverberg,* which means it will be interesting to read.

But I feel as though I have eaten a huge bag of M&M's. I liked the chocolate, and I kept eating, but now, I don't feel so good.
Ballagar
I am grateful this was available in kindle and is not lost to the public. I look forward to read more of Robert Silverberg's work.
Quamar
Too many logical flaws for a five star rating, or maybe even a four, but it's still Silverberg and he is still the master of the intriguing read. Unfortunately, mortality fears have always dominated his work, and this is no exception. I wish I had a three and a half star option.
Hiclerlsi
This book was written long before the computer age. Not even the word computer was used in it. Still an excellent read with brilliant dialogues and a beautiful ending.
DEAD-SHOT
Portrait of a good man devoted to cause greater them himself, who finds he is being forced to both improve himself in everyway and perform acts he cannot morally approve of to archive it.
lifestyle
I really like it.
Uriel
Fast paced read, keeps you interested from beginning to end, highly recommended if you like science fiction, gives you a glimpse of what decisions we may need to do to avoid overpopulation
Future Grand Master Robert Silverberg's fifth sci-fi novel, "Master of Life and Death," was originally released as one-half of one of those cute little "Ace doubles" (D-237, for all you collectors out there), back to back with James White's "The Secret Visitors." Published in 1957, this was one of "only" three novels that Silverberg would release that year (the others were "The Dawning Light" and "The Shrouded Planet"), a fairly paltry number, one might think, for this remarkably prolific author...until one realizes that he also came out with no fewer than 82 (!) short stories and novellas that year in the sci-fi vein, plus 19 "adult" stories. On average, that comes to around a story every three or four days, PLUS those three longer works! I am just in awe of that kind of superhuman productivity! "Master of Life and Death" is the earliest piece of work by Silverberg that I have read thus far, and reveals that the budding author was even then capable of penning a highly imaginative, fast-moving and thoughtful work. Hypercreativity means little without talent to back it up, and if this book is a typical one for Silverberg's early period, then I, for one, am going to be seeking out more.

In the book, the year is 2232, and Earth's population, at 7 billion, is undergoing a major crisis of space and resources. (Whoa, stop right there! Earth's population in 2012 was a reported 7 billion already; methinks this to be the first of several slight problems with Silverberg's novel. Wisely, in his 1971 masterpiece "The World Inside," which also dealt with the dilemma of extreme overpopulation, the number of teeming humans is said to be 75 billion in the year 2381; a more believable crisis figure.) To solve Earth's paramount problem, the Bureau of Population Equalization, or Popeek, has come into being. Its threefold agenda: to relocate humans from densely packed regions to less densely populated areas; to euthanize disease-carrying babies and the elderly; and to find new worlds in outer space for future colonization. The reader encounters the No. 2 man at Popeek, Roy Walton, who is precipitately elevated to the No. 1 spot when his boss is assassinated by an anti-Popeek cabal. And what a first week in office Walton is forced to undergo! While acclimating to his new job, Walton must contend with the problem of a vanished terraforming team on Venus; the return of Earth's first faster-than-light exploratory vessel, and the coming of an ambassador from the planet Dirna; the kidnapping of a scientist who has just come up with an immortality serum; the mystery of who placed surveillance equipment in NYC's Popeek HQ; demands for his ouster by journalists and the public; AND a blackmail attempt by his brother Fred. Not to mention, of course, the little matter of bringing his ex-superior's killers to justice....

Yes, Walton surely does have a lot to juggle during his first week in office, and author Silverberg manages to keep all those balls aloft and spinning at a remarkably fast clip. This short novel really does move, especially as it barrels to its breathless conclusion. No wonder that "The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction" enthused that the author's "success in maintaining complete clarity and strong narrative drive while manipulating unnumbered plots and complex concepts is a technical triumph," and the "New York Herald Tribune" called it "a virtuoso performance." I couldn't agree more. And as readers admire Silverberg's authorial dexterity, they should also marvel at Walton's ability to handle all his manifold stresses. And indeed, he does change as a character--growing stronger, more confident and more ruthless--as the book proceeds. Is it any wonder that he must depend on filtered rum, caffeine tablets and "benzolurethrin" to get him through his travails, a la a character in a Philip K. Dick novel? Ultimately, Walton, to achieve his goals, becomes a kind of dictator of sorts, his motto being "the end justifies the means," which DOES tend to bring up the rather uncomfortable notion that a benevolent dictator just might be the most efficient form of government. But Walton is at least a self-aware dictator, and cognizant of the fact that some of his maneuverings (e.g., subliminal advertising) are below the belt.

Silverberg fills his novel with all sorts of 23rd century marvels--such as "voicewriters," "jetbuses," "kaleidowhirl" TV shows, needle guns, an "executive filter" that obscures a person's sweat on visiscreens, cloud seeders, scheduled rainstorms--but manages to keep his NYC of the future fairly recognizable. "Master of Life and Death" is eminently readable, practically unputdownable, and yet feels a tad dated at one point, perhaps unavoidably, when the capital city of Leopoldville is mentioned (it became Kinshasa in 1966). Strangely, Silverberg refers to the Indonesian capital as "Batavia," although it was renamed Jakarta in 1946. An independent Ghana is referred to passingly in the book, which might serve as a guidepost as to when Silverberg penned this particular novel (Ghana received its independence in March '57). The author makes a few flubs as regards time in his book (Walton at one point reflects that he had saved a boy's life on the previous day, whereas it had been two days earlier; at one point, Walton looks at his watch and sees that the hour is 1100, whereas the reader knows, based on what had come before, that it should be more like 1300), but these are minor errors that only the most nitpicking wackadoodle (such as myself) would notice or be bothered by. The bottom line is that "Master of Life and Death" is some kind of minor wonder, and a sure indicator that the young Robert Silverberg was truly a talent to be reckoned with. At one point, Walton muses that the modern-day perception of Dostoyevsky might be something along the lines of "all he did was write books, and therefore could not have been of any great importance." Well, all I can say is, thank heavens for the writers of books, especially for such fun and entertaining books as this one....

(By the way, this review originally appeared on the Fantasy Literature website, a most excellent destination for all fans of Robert Silverberg....)

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