Monday, August 15, 2016

Traveler of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg -- Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

When I was a  youth and started reading SF, Robert Silverberg, just a few years older than I am, was starting his writing career.  He might not overly fond of his early stories now, but at the time many of them resonated with me.  I didn't know all the pen names he used, but I did know a couple.  I followed his career with interest, and he's always been one of my touchstone SF writers.  So I'm the target audience for the quite marvelous Traveller of Worlds, a series of wide-ranging interviews with Silverberg. 

When I say wide-ranging, I mean it.  Zinos-Amaro is a fine interviewer, and he knows Silverberg's life and work intimately.  He covers everything: art, writing, travel, food, work habits, politics, reading -- you name it.  Silverberg proves to be just what I always thought he was, a man of wide knowledge and a memory that never seems to fail.  For anyone who's read and admired Silverberg's work, this is an essential book.  For everyone else it's fascinating and absorbing.  Highly recommended.

6 comments:

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

Okay, you sold me.

Howard said...

I am a huge Robert Silverberg fan, have been since the early 70s when I found him in the SF section at the library. I sure miss having new Silverberg books to read. He is such a great writer. I'll make a note of this book and try to get it. Thanks for posting this.

George said...

AMAZON says they've shipped TRAVELER OF WORLDS so I'll be camped near my mailbox waiting for this book. I've loved Robert Silverberg's writings on his SF writing. You can bet I'll drop everything and read this book when it arrives!

Bud said...

Glad to see that the Crider College of Essential Knowledge is still chugging along 8-) Thanks and continuing best wishes!

Lawrence Block said...

Bought it. Thanks!

Bill Crider said...

You won't regret it.