The Masks of Time

The Masks of Time6 10 Media de los 30 libros le dos del autor 6 10Le mucho a Silverberg de chaval Junto a joyas como Tiempo de mutantes o El hombre en el laberinto o incluso la saga e Majipur tiene libros normalitos o malos malos En este, nos llega realmente un viajero temporal del futuro Un poco estirar las p ginas para la idea, no me encant precisamente. Following Heinlein s Stranger in a Strange Land which showed an innocent Messiah transforming human society and creating chaos, Silverberg presents us with a much structured and indeed literary examination of Humanity s need for faith, and what a double edged sword that may be.The setting is 1999, or at least it begins on Christmas day 1998 when Vornan 19, a visitor from the far future, manifests naked in a public square in Rome.The date is symbolic for the purposes of the novel, since although the visitor claims no knowledge of Christ or the date of his birth, many people see his coming on this day as a religious sign whereas there is the subliminal suggestion to the reader that he may be the antichrist.Earth at this time is gripped by a new religious mania, an apocalyptic cult who believe that the world will end at the turn of the century they are destructive and Bacchanalian, seeing sex and rioting as the preferred activities with which to fill one s time in the final months before destruction.Vornan, of course, stands in the face of their beliefs, since if he is indeed from the future, then the world is not going to end The novel is the journal of scientist Leo Garfield who has been conducting experiments in how to send subatomic particles into the past His assistant, Jack Bryant, appears to be on the verge of discovering how to produce limitless free energy, and in a possible crisis of conscience quits his job to live a self sufficient life in the desert with his wife This becomes an occasional retreat for Garfield, until he is recruited by the government to be one of a group of scientists assigned to accompany Vornan 19 on his exploration of the US.From the outset Vornan undermines as does Valentine Smith in SIASL the moral codes of society He finds our need to cover our nakedness amusing and is happy to have sex with male or female with no sense of guilt or shame Religions are a mystery to him and he explains later in the novel that life on earth emerged through aliens in the area having dumped some of their organic waste on a sterile earth, from which our biosphere eventually emerged In one way or another he manages to obliquely destroy the lives of several individuals Beliefs are destroyed just as casually since Vornan having already dropped the bombshell that the future does not know who Jesus is goes on to confirm that religion, capitalism, sexual fidelity and the concept of money are unknown to people of the future.It s a vastly underrated novel and deserves to be reappraised as not only one of Silverberg s best works, but one of the best SF novels of the 60s. Vornan Fell From The Sky, Naked, And Landed On The Spanish Steps In Rome On Christmas Afternoon Toward The End Of The Millennium And For Leo Garfield Things Would Never Be The Same For He Is An Acknowledged Expert In The Time Reversal Properties Of Sub Atomic Particlesand Vornan Claims To Come From Far In The Future Whether Or Not He Is Telling The Truth, A Nervous And Edgy World Accepts The Charming And Magnetically Charismatic Vornan As Some Kind Of Messiah Even Garfield And His Fellow Scientists Fall Under Vornan S Spell But, Has He Really Traveled Across Time Or Is He Just A Charlatan And A Fraud A Compassionate And Powerful Novel Worthy Of Comparison To Stranger In A Strange Land Novela de ciencia ficci n escrita en los sesenta sobre un visitante del futuro que llega del a o 2999 al a o 1999 en pleno cambio de siglo, nos muestra una visi n muy optimista del autor sobre los progresos que se lograr an hasta el a o 2000 y para eso crea este visitante del futuro llamado Vernon que es un tipo superficial y hedonista que busca solo divertirse , novela bastante floja que deja muchos cabos sueltos, no entra mucho en detalles tecnicos lo que por lo menos facilita la lectura. Three and a half stars Pretty good Silverberg novel about a mysterious visitor from 1000 years in the future The book takes place in 1999, and not so dissimilar to our own 1999 many people are convinced of a disaster at the new millennium never mind that it actually started in 2001, which is pointed out in the book The Appocolyptists riot, engage in debauchery, and generally stir up trouble Then Vornan 19 appears from the future, putting the world into even turmoil The narrator is an eminent physicist who has experimented with time travel succeeding in sending electrons back in time by a few seconds and has been tasked with a team of other specialists to study Vornan and try to determine if he s really from the future or a hoax One amusing aspect of the book, which was written several years before the time frame the world of 1999 is both much advanced than even 2017 today, and much primitive There are permanent cities on the moon, rapid rocket travel across the globe, a society that even without the debauchery of the Appolyptists is quite debauched enough on its own, etc not that this qualifies as advanced in my opinion However, phones are still plugged into the wall, people use data cubes and spools presumably of microfilm for readers, etc None of this detracts from the story but it is kind of amusing to read about these anachronisms. Compelling, inspiring, thoughtful and challenging My favorite Silverberg after Lord Valentine s Castle and the first two Prestimion books Truly powerful and stands the test of time A must read. At first, I thought this book was going to be a 5 star Just like Heinlein s Stranger in a Strange World, we are introduced to the same type of intriguing main character, Vornan 19, fraud or time traveler, and he starts out by doing and saying really interesting things If only Silverberg could have sustained the interest he generated in his premise After the introduction to the main character 9 pages , we don t see him again for 80 pages, almost 40% of the way into the book Instead, we get to see who the welcoming committee will be Yawn.When we finally do meet Vornan 19 again, the action picks up only to then be slowed down by tortuous, slow description Page 105 107, three paragraphs Page 108 is its own paragraph, as is page 109 Add to all the description the novelty at least if you re a late 60s flower child of free love and the glorification of uninhibited nudism and you have a recipe for the tritest titillation imaginable.Despite all the 1960s period centered mishandling of his premise, Silverberg is too good a craftsman in his writing to ruin the story altogether He does manage to keep the reader wondering what Vornan 19 will do next all the way to the end I just wish Silverberg could have risen above the time period in which he wrote this novel to truly do the concept justice. It s a interesting book It s a Robert Silverberg s Book, very humane, all about relations and not a lot of actions A little bit patriarchal, but Robert Silverberg always are It s not his best book But it s new in the time travel genre He proposed in this book a new projection for the future At the end, we don t know what to think, it s ambiguous Vornan, the man from the future, is so irresponsible and unpredictable He s not a time travel s common character Very interesting. Vornan 19 has travelled back in time to the present day the late 90s, as imagined in the early 70s His mission is to warn vaguely about an impending millennial catastrophe and have sex with a lot of people.It transpires that there s some doubt about whether he s really a time traveller But there s no doubt at all about the sex. I have read, enjoyed, and given positive reviews to enough Silverberg novels that I am comfortable with writing this one off as boring.

There are many authors in the database with this name.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, as well as At Winter s End, also available in a Bison Books edition He is a past president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the winner of f

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  • The Masks of Time
  • Robert Silverberg
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  • 27 May 2019
  • 9780425038710

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