Robert Silverberg

Robert Silverberg is a prolific American author and editor, best known for writing science fiction. He is a multiple winner of both Hugo and Nebula Awards, a member of the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, a Grand Master of SF.
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“A ribald, Byzantine tale of time-tourism” from the multiple Nebula and Hugo Award–winning author (Tor.com).
 
It’s 2059, and former law clerk Jud Elliott finds himself at loose ends—until a chance meeting with a Time Courier gives him the inspiration to become one himself. The job—as a time-traveling guide—gives him the opportunity to indulge his love of Byzantine history, in between shuttling tourists to such monumental events as the crucifixion and the assassination of JFK.
 
But there are strict rules to follow as a Time Courier, put in place to guard against paradoxes and preserve the sanctity of “now-time.” Jud isn’t used to following the rules—especially when faced with temptation. All it takes is one tiny slip here, one misplaced step there, and Jud could destroy his own timeline and cease to exist in the blink of an eye . . . a practicality that’s hard for Jud to grasp when he crosses paths with an eleventh-century Byzantium beauty he can’t resist.
 
“A hugely ambitious, enormously fun, sly, paradox-peppered piece that chronicles the time-tourist trade and all its perils—specializing in Byzantine history.” —Strange Horizons
 
“This novel is a comedy, and it is funny, but it is one of those black comedies where things go wrong, and then the more the protagonist tries to fix things, the more wrong they become, until the ending is at one and the same time an O. Henry punchline and a deep existential truth, neat as a pin and just as sharp.” —Kim Stanley Robinson
 
Welcome to The 11th Science Fiction MEGAPACK®! We hope you will enjoy the stories we have selected for you this time. There's a greater emphasis than usual on Golden Age writers (just the way it came together) -- but we have one original story as well, a posthumous collaboration with H.B. Fyfe, finishing a really terrific but not-quite-done tale he had been working on before his death. It's a bit reminiscent of James Tiptree, Jr.'s best work -- but predates Tiptree by a couple of decades. And we have novels by Robert Silverberg, Frederik Pohl & C.M. Kornbluth, Murray Leinster, E. Everett Evans, and Donald Wollheim...not to mention part 2 of our serialization of Tony Rothman's mammoth 2013 novel, Firebird. And a ton of great short stories. 36 works in all, more than 1900 pages of great reading!

ANGELS IN THE JETS, by Jerome Bixby
A CODE FOR SAM, by Lester del Rey
STAR SHIP, by Poul Anderson
THE WELL-OILED MACHINE, by H.B. Fyfe
JACK OF NO TRADES, by Evelyn E. Smith
THE GRAVITY BUSINESS, by James E. Gunn
DOOMSDAY EVE, by Robert Moore Williams
MASTER OF LIFE AND DEATH, by Robert Silverberg
FALCONS OF NARABEDLA, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
NEW LAMPS, by Robert Moore Williams
THE PIRATES OF ZAN, by Murray Leinster
OUT OF THE IRON WOMB!, by Poul Anderson
LATER THAN YOU THINK, by Fritz Leiber
THE PLANET MAPPERS, by E. Everett Evans
AFTERGLOW, by H.B. Fyfe and John Gregory Betancourt
SHIPPING CLERK, by William Morrison
CONTAGION, by Katherine MacLean
THE LIGHT ON PRECIPICE PEAK, by Stephen Tall
THE LUCKIEST MAN IN DENV, by Simon Eisner
ON THE FOURTH PLANET, by J.F. Bone
BIMMIE SAYS, by Sydney Van Scyoc
SWEET TOOTH, by Robert F. Young
SEARCH THE SKY, by Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth
STAR, BRIGHT, by Mark Clifton
HOT PLANET, by Hal Clement
TWO WEEKS IN AUGUST, by Frank M. Robinson
THE ALIEN, by Raymond F. Jones
BODYGUARD, by Christopher Grimm
JAYWALKER, by Ross Rocklynne
SECOND CHILDHOOD, by Clifford D. Simak
OF ALL POSSIBLE WORLDS, by William Tenn
POLLONY UNDIVERTED, by Sydney Van Scyoc
DELAY IN TRANSIT, by F. L. Wallace
A GIFT FROM EARTH, by Manly Banister
ONE AGAINST THE MOON, by Donald A. Wollheim
Special Feature: FIREBIRD, by Tony Rothman [Part 2 of 3]

If you enjoy this volume of classic stories, don't forget to search your favorite ebook store for "Wildside Press Megapack" to see the 270+ other entries in this series, including science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, adventure, horror, westerns -- and much, much more!

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