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Letters From Atlantis: Library Edition

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It was a legendary island, a fantastic island. Atlantis. Or as its prince called it, Athilan.

Roy had traveled through time with his partner, Lora, to find it-and now he was tantalizingly close to its shore.

Time travel allowed Roy's consciousness to enter the mind of the heir to Atlantis' throne, and what he found disturbed him. Strange dreams. Impossibly futuristic inven

Published (first published 1990)
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Letters from Atlantis by Robert Silverberg is a concise narrative in the form of letters written between two mental time travelers visiting the Atlantean Empire some 18,000 years ago, during the last ice age.

Time researchers are sent back in time as a discorporeal entity and “possess” the mind of a current time person, allowing them to witness and experience the time from the perspective of a local time inhabitant. A brilliant concept and well played by the author.

This premise is then used as
Mike Jensen
Every so often I read a sci-fi novel to try to understand why others like them. I always fail. This one seems to draw inspiration from Ursula LeGuin's LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS, a novel about the anthropology of a planet. This one is about discovering the anthropology of Atlantis.

The book goes astray is numerous ways. It is a time travel story in that the anthropologist is from the future. His consciousness is somehow shot into the mind of an Atlantian prince. How? Not explained. It seem absurd that
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Très joli roman, entièrement composé de lettres. Bien que les réponses aux dites lettres n'apparaissent jamais, l'histoire n'en est pas moins fascinante. Uchronie mettant l'accent sur le voyage dans le temps et sur les interférences qu'il peut provoquer si le visiteur du futur influe sur le cours des évènements. Si le thème est connu, le traitement en est ici particulier, notamment à cause du mode de voyage temporel, et de la nature de la civilisation visitée : celle des Atlantes. Silverbeg livr ...more
Fun idea. A bit flawed in how it actually plays out.
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I just picked up this short book on CD because of its length, and because I am experimenting with fantasy/sci-fi stories. Bizarre, kind of silly, not really satisfying. But it was different, in the very least. And short.

And I think it was intended for younger readers in the end, which I did not know at the time.

Good road trip book, when you do not want to have to think too much, and want to kill some time. Maybe good taking a crap material for those of you who need that.
Silverberg's mesmerizing tale I'd time travel, possession, and the cruel passage of time--an did I mention it's a "children's" book? Short and bittersweet with the author's usually flair for quality prose and conflicted characters.
Loved this little book, and wanted so much more of it. This was a great short read, the problem is you wanted so much more. There was so much the writer could have discussed that you really wanted, more , more, more.
Great concept for a book.Reall enjoyed the twists and mood of the whole story.
Lexile 1030L
IL: UG - BL: 7.0 - AR Pts: 5.0
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A different view in time travel
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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 five Nebula Awards and five Hugo Awards. In 2004 the Sc ...more
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