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3.22  ·  Rating Details  ·  103 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
In a major science fiction event, Nebula Award winners Poul Anderson, Greg Bear, Gregory Benford, David Brin, Nancy Kress, and Frederik Pohl join forces--under the editorship of Robert Silverberg--to create a triumph of world-building: Murasaki, a science fiction novel in six parts. Murasaki is completely based in hard science and what we know of the Murasaki star system-- ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 377 pages
Published May 1st 1993 by Spectra (first published 1992)
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Aug 25, 2013 Guillermo rated it really liked it
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It's a small wonder that there wasn't a continuation of this story past this collaboration. This is also a blemish on the ratings system on Goodreads. As of writing this review, Murasaki holds a 3.26 rating. Really? That's pretty bad.

At the tangible risk of making this a persuasive essay, let me tell you why it's not worthy of such a low score.

Murasaki is a novel that 7 Nebula award winners collaborated on:

1. Poul Anderson

2. Greg Bear

3. Gregory Benford

4. David Brin

5. Nancy Kress

6. Frederick
Feb 20, 2016 Peter rated it it was ok
Around a nearby star, a pair of twin planets orbit a point in space, as though each are the moon of the other. And because both planets support life, it's only natural for Humanity to send expeditions. This is the case of the star christened Murasaki, and the planets Genji and Chujo, and Murasaki tells a series of stories about humanity's explorations of these planets and what they learn about the inhabitants, and themselves.

Take two classic SF authors known for hard science fiction. Tell them t
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Aug 28, 2014 James Eckman rated it it was ok
Shelves: sf
Well I've complained about not enough background work in novels, this collection is proof that you can have too much. Because of the nature of the work, a series of poorly connected short stories, each short has much of the world data extensively extolled. It really violates the 'show me don't tell me' school of writing and suffers badly for it. If each of the shorts were a novel with the same amount of background spread through them, they would probably be much better since the authors would be ...more
Jan 06, 2015 JTomes rated it it was amazing
I read this many years ago but a lot of it remains with me. This is one of the greatest shared universe multiple author anthologies a science fiction reader could read. I don't believe there is a Kindle version but any fan of the authors featured (Poul Anderson, Greg Bear, Gregory Benford, David Brin, Nancy Kress, Frederik Pohl) will enjoy it.

There are several stories all different but connected by this strange, rich, and well-developed world.
Jul 23, 2007 Dan rated it liked it
Recommends it for: people reading for insight into the craft of writing
If you're looking for The Tale of Genji, you'll be disappointed; this has nothing to do with the author of the world's first novel. What it is is actually a multi-author collaborative novel, with each subsequent author building all the previous work. It's a sort of scaled-up campfire serial story, and just about as uneven as you'd expect, but it's consistently readable and inventive, and it's certainly interesting to see how different authors bend and twist the same basic world and riff on each ...more
Jan 20, 2014 L rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wanted to like this, given the amount of plotting and planning and the ambitious goals, but twas not enjoyable. And by following the editor's advice and reading the Appendices first, I had spoilers going into Kress' finale.
Jun 03, 2009 Kc rated it really liked it
I like science fiction and found this one to be really cool. I love the interactions between 3 life forms outside of humanity. The book highlights how much humans want to control even when they really have no influence.
Aug 09, 2008 Angela rated it it was amazing
Another great book. Inspiring to anyone with a passion for writing.
Nov 09, 2007 Mike rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
Benford and Brin short stories are pretty good.
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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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