Early Days: More Tales from the Pulp Era
The term “giant” gets thrown around a lot, but Robert Silverberg is a true giant of science fiction. His career spans six decades and dozens of influential works, both novels and short stories. And Early Days: More Tales from the Pulp Era offers key glimpses of the writer to come, as Silverberg shares more than a dozen hard-to-find stories from the days when pulp magazines ruled the land.
This is fantasy-infused hand-wavy science fiction at its silliest and most uninhibited. Here light-drinking monsters from another dimension assault the Earth while planet-exploring conmen use thoughts to attack their foes. Hive minds with sinister plans for the universe mingle with mind-altering drinks and alien drug addicts.
Some might dismiss a collection like this as too goofy, a throwback to less sophisticated storytelling, but they’d be wrong. Swashbuckling sci-fi will always have a place in the canon, and the ambition present in each of these stories—both in their wild ideas and in Silverberg’s insanely prolific productivity—serve to open the eyes and minds of writers to come.
Sci-fi history comes to vivid, ludicrously entertaining life in Early Days.
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