Tag Archives: Robert Silverberg 1967-1976

Wisdom From Kammbia Book Review 4: Nightwings by Robert Silverberg

Robert Silverberg has become my favorite old school SF writer and I have read 6 books during his most prolific period of 1967-1976, beginning with A Time of Changes, Downward to the Earth, Tower of Glass, To Open the Sky, The Man in the Maze, and Nightwings.

Nightwings is a short, mournful novel that follows the wanderings of a member of the Watcher’s Guild as he looks to the stars in anticipation of a foretold alien invasion of Earth. His companions include a beautiful young ‘Flyer’ (the “Nightwings” of the title) and an enigmatic Changeling. During his journey, this Watcher sees the devastation caused by the invaders as he is trying to figure out his new role now that Earth has turned into an alien tourist attraction.

Similar to Downward to the Earth, Nightwings presents a spiritual journey in the novel and Silverberg explores with the concepts of sin and redemption quite well. However, I will admit I did not connect to the Watcher character of this novel like I did with the main character in Downward to the Earth.

Nightwings is my least favorite of the six Silverberg novels I have read from his most prolific period. But, Silverberg knows how to tell a story and present thought-provoking ideas as well as anyone in the genre.

Book Review 137: Lord Valentine’s Castle by Robert Silverberg

With the most popular fantasy series discussed, I have always heard about  The Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, A Song of Ice and Fire, Wheel of Time series and so on. However, I have never heard the Majipoor Cycle by Robert Silverberg being discussed. The Majipoor Cycle is Silverberg’s most commercially successful… Continue Reading

Book Review 135: The Man in The Maze by Robert Silverberg

“Science Fiction, more than any other form of literature, is a progress, and it comes with a sell-by date. Some old SF can become unreadable. Some reputations erode with time. What we respond to, once the sell-by date is past, is art and, perhaps, is also truth.” (Neil Gaiman) The introduction by Neil Gaiman from… Continue Reading

Book Review 114: To Open The Sky by Robert Silverberg

Can human beings live forever? Of course, we all know the answer to that question.  One death per person.  However, science fiction has tackled the immortality theme throughout its history as a genre and Robert Silverberg addresses it in several of his books during his most prolific period of 1967-1976. To Open The Sky presents… Continue Reading

Book Review 77: Downward to the Earth by Robert Silverberg

You would think that religious themes in science fiction could not mix together.  However, there is a long history of science fiction (and fantasy) writers that have included religious themes in their work.  Gene Wolfe did with his Solar Cycle Series (Book of The New Sun, Long Sun, & Short Sun), Orson Scott Card did… Continue Reading

Book Review 68: Tower of Glass by Robert Silverberg

I’m continuing my summer reading of Robert Silverberg novels from the most prolific period of his career, 1967-1976.  I reviewed A Time of Changes previously and now it’s time for Tower of Glass. Simeon Krug, inventor and entrepreneur, is obsessed in getting a tower of glass built toward a star where he can communicate with outer… Continue Reading

Book Review 67: A Time of Changes by Robert Silverberg

What is the strength or conviction of someone’s beliefs unless they are tested by temptation? The Nebula Award winning novel A Time of Changes by Robert Silverberg attempts to answer the aforementioned question.  Prince Kinnall from the planet Velada Borthan tells his story as a memoir about how he became tempted by a substance brought… Continue Reading