In Hawksbil ...more
Time travel is one of Robert Silverberg’s favorite themes and he gives us three of his best time travel novels, and an introduction to each, in the collection Times Three from Subterranean Press.
Hawksbill Station (1968) is about a camp for 21st century American political dissidents who are permanently exiled to... the late Cambrian era. Hawksbill Station is a stark and lonely place — it’s all rocks, ocean, and trilobites. With no meat, no women, and no way ...more
Time travel stories are my favorite sub-genre of science fiction. I've always loved the idea of visiting other times. I'd like to experience history directly. I'd love to sit in the audience for the first performance of Handel's Messiah or one of Beethoven's symphonies. I'd love to experience Teddy Roosevelt's charisma for myself. What was imperial Rome like, at the height of its power?
I'd also like to experience the planet as it existed in the past. I'd love to see what it would be like to walk...more
Silverberg makes some bizarre choices in these stories. Hawksbill Station deposits male political prisoners in the late Cambrian era, when there isn't much around except trilob ...more
The introduction is actually a great read - it really gives interesting context for the stories. I guess it's the best introduction I've read...although most introductions to fiction are about boring "literature".
The first story is a little dull. It would have been better shorter (as the introduction indicates it originally was). The protagonist is in such a dead-end state that he can't go anywhere but up, so there's no real tension to the story.
The second story ha ...more