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Shadrach nella fornace (un romanzo del 1975) fa seguito a una serie di capolavori che abbiamo già proposto negli ultimi anni ai lettori di questa collana Brivido crudele, Torre di cristallo, Vacanze nel deserto e gli altri classici del Silverberg maturo, quelli scritti fra la fine degli anni Sessanta e la metà degli anni Settanta. Shadrach è la storia allucinante ma realis ...more
Paperback, Libri di Urania #27, 304 pages
Published June 1995 by Mondadori (first published January 1st 1976)
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Lyn
Jul 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is a certain audacity to the outrageous quality of much of science fiction, usually exemplified by the work of such authors as Philip K. Dick or Theodore Sturgeon. Theirs is an off the beaten path that runs perpendicular to other fiction, their’s are proudly unique ideas, stridently and proudly declaring, Voltaire like, that here is something different.

Robert Silverberg first published Shadrach in the Furnace in 1976 and this novel, perhaps more than any other of his I’ve read, also repres
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Sandy
May 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As America celebrated its bicentennial year in 1976, sci-fi great Robert Silverberg was, by all reports, feeling not a little "burnt out"...and quite understandably so. The author, by that point, had already come out with almost 320 books (!) since his first, "Revolt on Alpha C," in 1954. Granted, of that staggering number, over half had been adult-oriented sex novels (178, by my rough count), while a good 93 had been nonfiction volumes dealing with such widely varied subject matter as the phara ...more
prcardi
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Storyline: 3/5
Characters: 4/5
Writing Style: 4/5
World: 3/5

What a surprising and enjoyable read. All the more so because I recently read my first Silverberg book Thorns, and I can hardly believe the same person wrote both books. Thorns has shallow characters, vague descriptions, a weak plot, simple writing, and an enigmatic quality. Shadrach in the Furnace, by contrast, focuses intently on characterization, provides some genuinely novel and detailed scenes, forwardly presents the plot, showcases c
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Kat  Hooper
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.

It’s the summer of 2012 and the Earth is a disaster. A deadly virus has killed most of the world population and those who remain will eventually succumb to its organ-rotting effects if they are not given an antidote before they start to show symptoms. All of the national governments have collapsed and the world is now ruled by the opportunistic dictator Genghis II Mao IV Khan with the help of the bureaucrats who do his bidding. All of them have been inocul
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Oscar
’Sadrac en el horno’ (Sadrach in the Furnace, 1976), sin ser una de las mejores novelas de Silverberg, sí es una obra interesante de ciencia ficción, donde las reflexiones sobre religión, enfermedad, megalomanía, el Bien y el Mal, así como los dilemas morales que conllevan, están bien desarrollados. Sadrac es el médico privado del Presidente del planeta, Genghis II Mao IV Khan, que ha establecido la capital en Ulan Bator, Mongolia. La Tierra ha pasado por una serie de catástrofes, entre ellas un ...more
Amanda
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, standalone
There are quite a few things that make this piece of scifi stick out. First, out of the four main characters, three are people of color. Shadrach is black, Mao is obviously Mongolian, the head of Project Avatar is Native American (Navajo, I believe), and the head of the project seeking to put Mao into a robot body is headed by a white European woman. It’s an incredibly diverse cast that I really enjoyed. Plus, Shadrach gets it on with both Nikki Crowfoot and Katya (Native and European, respectiv ...more
Perry Whitford
In Shadrach in the Furnace the world as we know it became destabilised after the Ecuadorian volcano Copotaxi erupted in 1991, triggering a melt-down of established order everywhere then a devastating Virus War between nations.

As a result of the war the majority of the population were infected with a fatal illness dubbed 'organ-rot'. It's every bit as horrid as the name implies.

From amongst the chaos a new order emerges to govern the world, the Permanent Revolutionary Committee, headed by a craze
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Ian
Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I first read this novel as a serial in "Analog" magazine, in, was it 1976? So long ago, in my youth. I was mesmerized by the lush and word dense world spun by Silverberg: the mind numbing premise of an Earth rocked by a new and deadly disease, and subsequently ruled by a tyrant who styled himself as both (both) Mao and Genghis Khan (could not see an ideological connection).

Silverberg's protagonist is this chap's personal physician. He spends his time overseeing a research project to extend the
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Feather Mista
Sep 21, 2013 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Veremos...
Recommended to Feather by: Título y autor
Lo poco que leí de Silverberg me gustó mucho. Además, estaba bastante barato, y no me puedo ni imaginar la cantidad de desafíos que va a tener que superar el tal Sadrac, ya que según deduzco del título se encuentra en una situación muy pero muy complicada. A saca.
Pam
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read about a world-dictator and his personal physician. The dictator is the usual awful person, but the personal physician is not your everyday hero. He is a doctor and a healer, first and always. This was first published back in the '70s and everything is happening in the early 21st century in this story - meaning now. Strangely enough, the technology is not far off from what we can do today. It left me thinking about that.
Harvey
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good ending. Shadrach Mordecai is a very sympathetic character.
Massimo Marino
Written by Robert Silverberg in his most creative phase, Shadrach in the Furnace is a novel that describes an unpleasant world: tyranny and degradation dominate the uncertain lives of men, threatened by a terrible genetic disease.

After a long series of political upheavals — started with the eruption of the volcano Cotopaxi — and the terrible War of the Virus, the political world has changed: the power is held by a Mongol dictator, who took over the high-sounding name of Genghis II Mao IV Khan,
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MB Taylor
On the bus to work this morning I finished Shadrach in the Furnace (1976) by Robert Silverberg. I’m not a Silverberg fan-boy, some of his books I like and some I don’t; but this is definitely one of the former. After Shadrach in the Furnace Silverberg announced he was retiring from writing. The retirement was short lived however; in 1980, Lord Valentine’s Castle was published, and his career took off again. For anyone keeping track, Lord Valentine’s Castle was not a book I enjoyed (I’m not even ...more
Roddy Williams
Jan 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bioweapons, medicine
Shadrach Mordecai, despite his Jewish name, is a black Philadelphian, and the personal physician of Genghis II Mao IV Khan, dictator and ruler of the entire Earth in a dark dystopia of 2012.
Shadrach has a complex system of implants wired into his body which constantly update him on the tyrant’s vital signs; Genghis having extended his life so far by a process of organ transplants.
Genghis realises that this process cannot extend his life forever and is funding three research projects as an altern
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Michael Burnam-Fink
Dec 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, 2015
Robert Silverberg has the distinction of being nominated for the Best Novel Hugo nine times without winning once. This was his last shot at the silver spaceship, and out of the random chance of a used bookstore, a copy came into my possession.

Shadrach is a biotech and political thriller, centering around the personal doctor of Genghis II Mao IV, dictator of earth. The century-old supreme ruler survives only due to organ transplants, and seeks immortality through multiple routes. Meanwhile, the E
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Jamie
May 06, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shadrach in the Furnace was written during a period in which Silverberg decided to vary from juvenile novel themes (typically, protagonist has special powers and overcomes obstacles to save the world\human race\universe) by writing more complex works with adult themes. As a teenager still reading mainly juveniles, I found Shadrach quite interesting. Re-reading it (and the World Inside, written by Silverberg with similar intentions) I think it could improve with a lot more work thinking out the u ...more
Bruce McNair
This story was written in the mid 1970s and set in May 2012 of a possible future 30 years from then. It pictures a world ruled by an autocrat who has taken advantage of its weakened state following a devastating virus war that has left all mankind susceptible to the organ rot. Shadrach is his personal physician, but like his biblical namesake, he finds himself in a difficult situation facing almost certain death with no apparent way out. That he finds a way out and manages to maintain his Hippoc ...more
Andrew Yoder
Jun 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a classic book but a classic author. The choice of 4 and not 5 stars was only for what I'm sure is a matter of personal taste.

Without giving too much away, I simply did not enjoy the "fake" journal entries, which were all imagined. I do understand that one could grasp for the deeper meaning in them, or even suggest that though presented as imaginary, they were intended to be treater as true insights into the mind of the Kahn.

But I couldn't go there. To me, they were imagined by Shadrac
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Curt Lorde
Aug 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well what with a new and improved China using WalMart as a bridgehead to conquer the US, the premise of Shadrach in the Furnace taint so farfetched. In a occupied US an African American doctor has become the personal physician to a combined Jengis Khan-Emperor-Mao and all the fun that entails. How the doctor keeps from being reduced to ashes makes a fun read.
Chris Stutts
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Erik Graff
Oct 18, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Silverberg fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
The reference to the Book of Daniel and King Nebuchadnezzar made the purchase of this title irresistable. Like the biblical story and like much of Silverberg's writing, the tale has a moral core comparable to the biblical legend of the three youths who maintain their purity amidst corruption.
Lindsay
Jul 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z2005
As always with Silverberg's novels, there are some fascinating ideas in here which are well explored.
Bev
Mar 05, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
For me this wasn't even close to Silverberg's best writing. If I had started with this one I may never have gone on to discover how good he can really be.
Katie
Jul 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014
I loved this book; very compelling and imaginative. My only qualm was with the way he discussed racial issues; the way he discussed race made me uncomfortable.
Mike
Not one of Silverberg's best. But not bad.
It just takes a long time to get going.
Warren Gossett
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A beautiful story of humanity that suffers a catastrophic virus war. Can we really recover?
Jose Miguel Gonzalez
Interesante historia con una muy buena línea de argumentación que mantiene en vilo hasta el final. Otra obra maestra de Robert Silverberg que merece la pena leer.
Todd Hunt
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