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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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Guillermo Azuarte

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...more
Jul 23, 2007 Dan rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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.
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.
Another great book. Inspiring to anyone with a passion for writing.
Nov 09, 2007 Mike rated it 3 of 5 stars
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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