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At Winter's End (New Springtime #1)

3.67  ·  Rating Details  ·  493 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
From the Five-Time Nebula Award-Winner""Seven thousand centuries ago, falling death stars unleashed fiery apocalyptic destruction on Earth and inaugurated the Long Winter. One small band of People took refuge in an underground cocoon where they and their descendants waited for the time of ice to end. Now their long winter is over. Prophecy and circumstance urge the tribe o ...more
Paperback, 491 pages
Published 1990 by Legend (first published 1988)
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Jan 08, 2016 Metaphorosis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, 2016-rev
3.5 stars - Metaphorosis Reviews

The 'death stars' that cause mass extinctions have come again, and gone, and Earth is slowly waking up from its long sleep. In one isolated shelter, a band of tradition-bound survivors of the 700 millennia long ice age is realizing that the time may have come to leave their cocoon. Indeed, they may have to.

I've dipped into Robert Silverberg's work from time to time. In fact, I have stacks of his books. They're well written, but somehow, with the exception of Lor
Jun 22, 2013 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
...There is more than meets they eye to this book. To a superficial reader it might seem a tad slow and in need of a good dose of action but it provides what a science fiction novel is supposed to provide, food for thought. And plenty of it. The position the characters find themselves in invariably mirrors some shift in the culture and societal structure of the people, and finding out what is going on on that level is perhaps even more fascinating that following the lives of the tribe's individu ...more
Eoghann Irving
May 19, 2013 Eoghann Irving rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Originally published back in the 80s, At Winter's End, the first part in the New Spring time series of two books is getting a re-relase. And if you haven't read it you probably should now.

The book is classified as science fiction which will probably get those who worry about such things all tied in knots. It's certainly not hard SF and you could arguably call it fantasy since it does not worry about the science behind what is happening. Which is fine with me, because that's not what the book is
Sep 30, 2014 Nick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have a rule that books I read have 50 pages to give me a reason to keep reading; by the time I hit page 20 on this book with nothing interesting happening I knew I wasn't going to finish it, and the next 30 pages just draaaagggggeddddddd. The book's premise is that the Earth was devastated by falling meteors 700,000 years ago, and as it opens, one of the surviving tribes of humans prepares to leave its cocoon. I say "prepares" because this is one of the most slow, boring, ponderous books I've ...more
Dec 16, 2007 Bria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the closest I got to erotica when I was 11.
Heather Pearson
Jul 07, 2015 Heather Pearson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: post-apocalyptic
The earth was doomed. Devastation was going to fall from the sky for thousands of years and life on earth could not continue in it's present forms. Of the six type of sentient being, four knew they would not survive, one decided to take their chance on the surface and the sixth moved far underground. After 700 000 years, the death stars were gone and it was time to venture forth out onto the renewed surface.

The story is carried by several main characters. Koshmar had long hoped that she would le
Lis Carey
Jul 25, 2013 Lis Carey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: f-sf
This is an older treasure (original publication 1988) from one of our science fiction greats. It's got Golden Age sense of wonder, a contemporary attitude about gender equality, and an optimism that's been hard to find in the last decade or so.

That's on top of the excellent writing, world-building, and character development.

The People have been living underground in the Cocoon for 700,000 years, ever since the fall of the Death Stars ended the civilization of the Great World and brought the Long
Jun 23, 2013 Janet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, what a strange book. It's hard to describe what this book is about, because I think a lot of it is a journey that you need to watch unfold. In vague terms, a group of individuals are living in a cocoon for hundreds of years following world-ending asteroid and signs begin to point to this winter ending and spring beginning, and how this impacts this society's culture, and how they view the world and themselves.

This book is much more of a high-concept science fiction novel. Though many of th
Jul 29, 2013 George rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert Silverberg is a Master of Science Fiction. At Winter’s End (1988) is an imaginative account of the struggles and social interplay of a small clan of post-apocalyptic survivors who journey outside their “cocoon” with the coming of Springtime, after thousands of years of darkness and killing cold. Their aim is to reclaim and rule the world as prophesied, because they, humans, among the six races populating the world prior to the arrival of the Death Stars and the long winter, are so destine ...more
Kristy Madden
Feb 05, 2016 Kristy Madden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rebirth of an Alien Society

I liked this book about an alien race breaking free from it's underground cocoon. It's the story of a society striving to transform itself to survive the changing environment of their world. I liked it because it parallels our own need to adapt to challenging changes in our world. The only thing I disliked about the story was that I had trouble visualizing the main race of characters. But perhaps that was just my personal problem. It didn't prevent me from enjoying the
Oct 05, 2014 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know, not like super awesome, but I liked it. I especially loved the world building. Lots of things I'd never imagined. Ideas that really opened my mind and were fun to think about.
Oct 20, 2014 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book. Walks the line between fantasy and sci-fi without leaning too far into either camp - at it's core, it is a new look at the timeless struggle of humanity's search for meaning in the world we've inherited and the one we strive to create. Highly cinematic. It's clear that Silverberg was having fun writing this (the imagery and scope of this world is vivid and focused without robbing the reader of the fun of coloring it in), but it never gets self-indulgent. The drama i ...more
Jul 02, 2011 T.J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to T.J. by: James Baze
Shelves: favorites
At winter's End makes you question what it really means to be human. The story gives you a glimpse of the descendants of the human race a few million years after being forced underground by a nuclear apocalypse. While there lives are difficult and in some instances barbaric to them it is business as usual.

The story is entertaining while at the same time making you question your own beliefs and values on what we belief is the defining characteristics of humanity; appearance or intelligence?
Jan 17, 2015 Barbara rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
lost interest half way through reding
Dana Longley
Note: I only made it about 2/3 of the way through this one. It had interesting and unique world building, but the characters and plot were just way too plodding for me. Nothing much happens and I just lost my motivation to continue.
Sep 23, 2010 Joel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book - started reading the short version in Asimov's in 89, then bought the book. Finally got around to reading the second book this year. Silverberg's descriptive talent is unparalleled.
Aug 15, 2013 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charming, really, this book. Decent world creation, some deep characters, and an admirable conception of sex, communicating, loving, and bonding.
Dec 17, 2013 Mariachiara rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Né fantasy, né fantascienza, uno strano ibrido....interessante di per se per ambientazione ma non sono riuscita ad apprezzarne i personaggi.
Mar 20, 2012 Fastesthamster rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
A great reread of a childhood favourite. Many things were familiar, but a lot wasn't, which made it fresh and interesting.
Jason Case
Mar 15, 2010 Jason Case rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually prefer more action oriented books but Silverberg is so insightful into the human psyche I cannot help but read him.
Warren Liebeman
Nov 25, 2013 Warren Liebeman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
If I could make it lower I would. Kept reading to see if there was anything good I could write. My mistake for keep reading it.
David DeMar
The first half started out with a solid sense of mystery and discovery but the narrative kind of stagnated in the last half.
Sep 15, 2009 Joshua rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok, just so You know, there is a comment that is totaly innapropriate posted by "Bria" other wise good

Doris Pearson
Feb 02, 2012 Doris Pearson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this story of time beyond time.. I would recommend it.
Dec 08, 2015 Janine marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
old fashioned, boring, unbelievable, depressing....
Iván Sierra
ciencia ficcin / e-book ...more
Quincy Frazier
Aug 02, 2013 Quincy Frazier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a book from my boyhood.
Gabriel Martinez
Gabriel Martinez marked it as to-read
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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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