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At Winter's End (New Springtime #1)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  401 ratings  ·  18 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
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Published (first published 1988)
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Eoghann Irving
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...more
Rob
...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
Bria
This was the closest I got to erotica when I was 11.
Lis Carey
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...more
Janet
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...more
George
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
T.J.
Jul 02, 2011 T.J. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to T.J. by: James Baze
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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?
Joel
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.
Paul
Charming, really, this book. Decent world creation, some deep characters, and an admirable conception of sex, communicating, loving, and bonding.
Mariachiara
Né fantasy, né fantascienza, uno strano ibrido....interessante di per se per ambientazione ma non sono riuscita ad apprezzarne i personaggi.
Fastesthamster
A great reread of a childhood favourite. Many things were familiar, but a lot wasn't, which made it fresh and interesting.
Jason Case
I usually prefer more action oriented books but Silverberg is so insightful into the human psyche I cannot help but read him.
Warren Liebeman
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.
Joshua
Ok, just so You know, there is a comment that is totaly innapropriate posted by "Bria" other wise good

Doris Pearson
I really enjoyed this story of time beyond time.. I would recommend it.
Quincy Frazier
a book from my boyhood.
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Jun 21, 2009 Brett added it
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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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