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by Robert Silverberg

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Author:
Robert Silverberg
ISBN13:
978-0708882382
ISBN:
0708882382
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Publisher:
Orbit; New Edition edition (1987)
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Subcategory:
Fantasy
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1365 kb
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Rating:
4.8
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852

Also by Robert Silverberg. Published by Ballantine Books: Son of man. Dying inside.

Also by Robert Silverberg. Published in the United States by Ballantine Books, a division of Random House, In. New York, and simultaneously in Canada by Ballantine Books of Canada, Lt. Toronto, Canada.

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.

At Samurai Industries, Paul Carpenter studies his computer monitors to predict the movement of toxic clouds drifting across the Pacific Northwest. If he’s wrong, a sudden shift of wind can kill thousands.

Once again, Robert Silverberg demonstrates his incredible vision as much of the storyline revolves around a reality TV scenario, where the damaged characters are made to play out parts before a solar system wide audience of billions. Silverberg’s rare talent for narrative excellence is again made apparent and this work also highlighted his gift for symbolism and metaphor.

Thorns by Robert Silverberg CAMILLA: You, sir, should unmask. He cornered Aoudad by the glare of fireworks and said, We’ve had enough here. STRANGER: Indeed? CASSILDA: Indeed it’s time. We have all laid aside disguise but you. STRANGER: I wear no mask. CAMILLA: (Terrified, aside to Cassilda. No mask? No mask? The King in Yellow: Act 1-Scene 2. For Jim and Judy Blish ONE: THE SONG THE NEURONS SANG Pain is instructive, Duncan Chalk wheezed.

Robert Silverberg is one of science fiction’s most beloved writers, and the author of such contemporary classics as Dying Inside, Downward to the Earth, and Lord Valentine’s Castle. He is a past president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the winner of five Nebula Awards and five Hugo Awards. In 2004 the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America presented him with the Grand Master Award. Silverberg is one of twenty-nine writers to have received that distinction.

Robert Silverberg was born in 1935 Thorns did get an Hugo nomination in 1968 (no, let’s not be petty and point out that Silverberg was toastmaster in that year’s ceremony) but, if you compare it to the actual winner.

Robert Silverberg was born in 1935. His first published story appeared in 1954 when he was a sophomore at Columbia University. Since then, he has won the prestigious Nebula Award an astonishing five times and the Hugo on four occasions; he has been nominated for both awards more times than any other writer. Thorns did get an Hugo nomination in 1968 (no, let’s not be petty and point out that Silverberg was toastmaster in that year’s ceremony) but, if you compare it to the actual winner in that year, Roger Zelazny’s Lord of Light, the difference is chaotic.

Author: Robert Silverberg. Publisher: Ballantine Books, 1967. Duncan Chalk is a monstrous media mogul with a vast appetite for other people’s pain.

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  • Robert Silverberg's Thorns is a sci-fi classic from the 60's. Silverberg prescience envisioned a future where media entertainment focused on presenting the bizarre for a bored audience. The most prominent producer of this genre is depicted as an obese exec who feeds on pain and suffering. He finds two damaged people, 1: a spacemen horribly operated on by a strange alien race who is now disfigured and 2: a young girl who has been the subject of a medical experiment that extracted and fertilized 100 ova from her, but without any further contact by her with the resulting offspring. The intent is to bring these two together to "find love" and allow the audience to voyeuristicly observe. Although the two have little in common, their joint psychological damage results in some mutual benefit with many ups and downs along the way. Eventually, they both realize they are being used and come together to face and eliminate their tormentor.

    Silverberg was rather insightful with regards to media evolution towards bizarre exploitation that seems a staple of today. The alien race is only peripherally discussed and the capability for interstellar space travel is simply assumed. Intra-solar system travel is largely viewed as recreation. The medical aspects with ovum extraction, in vitro fertilization, and subsequent implantation for the bulk of pregnancy is again rather forward leaning. Finally, there is an element of "fifty shades of gray" with a sexual fascination for the physically altered and deformed.

  • Basically a good read in 2016, but not as intense, strange or over the top as it would have been in 1967.
    This book was published during the same era as "Dangerous Visions". Indeed, if DV had had room for complete novels "Thorns" would have fit right in. I somehow bypassed this book back then so I'm reading it now. For those who were around at the time the flavor of the book would place it as part of (or at least very close t) what was the called New Wave in SF circles. So for me its kind of nostalgic not in content bur in flavor.

    I'm not sure how a 21st century reader will take this book. Ho hum, maybe? With few a exceptions, characters were in SF were pretty flat before the mid '60s. Those in "Thorns" are not flat although not as developed as you might find today. Silverberg used SF devices to create a pair of seriously maimed protagonists. (Egg harvesting may not be shocking in 2016, its more or less an established procedure, but in 1967 it was something else again.) SF is spotty with regard to its predictions but Calk's media empire and reality entertainment is really amazingly accurate. This story could almost be an episode from keeping up with the Kardasians. Manipulative, phony and crass. Chalk turns out to be an emotional vampire - literally. Symbolically that's awfully close to what we see in some types of media - unfortunately we can't dispatch our vampires quite so easily.

  • This one is definitely adult fare about pain and sorrow and a monster who consumes these emotions. Not a typical Silverberg story but very powerful.

  • the intro given was worth the book price alone

  • This books is amazing in it's ability to keep you turning the pages.
    Perhaps the topic is not my first choice but good story is where you find it and this one has some huge awards that I respect. I love the dialog and the way it flows. It draws you in and keeps you reading.

  • There was smoke coming out of Robert Silverberg’s typewriter in 1967, a year when no less than six novels were published by this fantastic and prolific writer.

    Well, to be honest, in the novel “Thorns” Robert Silverberg feels more prolific than fantastic to this reviewer.

    The story: a psychic vampire and entertainment mogul is feeding off the distress of two unhappy persons, an astronaut who got rewired by an alien race and a girl who donated 100 eggs to science, leading to 100 children (but not a single one handed over to her).

    For starters, the idea is not really groundbreaking and verges dangerously close to melodrama, especially in the moments the unhappy couple quarrels. Of course, Robert Silverberg being Robert Silverberg, he explores the dynamics of the couple with great craft, proving, that had he wanted to write plain fiction or even romantic novels, he could have done so with great ease, probably heating that poor typewriter up to melting point, by producing two or three novels per month.

    But… there is no central big idea in Thorns, no dark dystopia, no catharsis. Thorns did get an Hugo nomination in 1968 (no, let’s not be petty and point out that Silverberg was toastmaster in that year’s ceremony) but, if you compare it to the actual winner in that year, Roger Zelazny’s Lord of Light, the difference is chaotic.

    Still 3 stars for a very quick and entertaining read.