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Letters From Atlantis: Library Edition

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Roy had been preparing for the odd isolation of time travel, but nothing had prepared him for his final arrival on Atlantis -- a shimmering city far beyond his imagination. The new technology had allowed Roy's consciousness to enter the mind of the heir to Atlantis' throne, observing history from the perspective of one of its people. And what Roy found disturbed him: stran ...more
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Published June 1st 1999 by Blackstone Audiobooks (first published 1990)
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Aug 08, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Letters from Atlantis by Robert Silverberg is a novella set up as a concise narrative in the form of letters written between two mental time travelers visiting the Atlantean Empire some 18,000 years ago, during the last ice age.

Time researchers are sent back in time as a discorporeal entity and “possess” the mind of a current time person, allowing them to witness and experience the time from the perspective of a local time inhabitant. A brilliant concept and well played by the author.

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Buck Ward
As usual, Silverberg does a fine job with the style of writing of this novella. Its literary device is a series of letters from Roy to his love Laura. They are both time travelers from our future to the distant past.

Stephen Hawking famously said, "If time travel is possible, where are all the tourists from the future?" (view spoiler)
Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
Enjoyable, and for the most part artfully told (a few repetitions at the start more than made up for lovely descriptions in the second half). Would have rated a star higher, though I'm not in the intended age group, if not for the fact that the bar for time travel with Silverberg is so high. And for younger audiences, I liked PROJECT PENDULUM just a bit more.
Felix Flecha
Mezcla entre relato corto y ensayo muy curioso. El libro parte de una idea muy original para situarnos en la anhelada Atlántida, los viajes en el tiempo a nivel de conciencia. Y los hechos se describen gracias a la correspondencia de una pareja de viajeros. Lástima que no se desarrolle más la trama y la acción del libro, genera interés por saber más cosas. Aunque también es verdad que la síntesis de los hechos y el enfoque en las ideas básicas hacen que fluya el pensamiento y las preguntas.
T.S. S. Fulk
An interesting take on Atlantis but not very filling.
Jul 02, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Mike Jensen
Nov 09, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Every so often I read a sci-fi novel to try to understand why others like them. I always fail. This one seems to draw inspiration from Ursula LeGuin's LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS, a novel about the anthropology of a planet. This one is about discovering the anthropology of Atlantis.

The book goes astray is numerous ways. It is a time travel story in that the anthropologist is from the future. His consciousness is somehow shot into the mind of an Atlantian prince. How? Not explained. It seem absurd that
A short, simple story about a time researcher from the future who hitchhikes in the mind of a prince from the far, far distant past. The story is told in the form of letters from the time traveler to his lover, who is riding in the mind of a high official of the same era, several thousand miles away. The letters are actually put on paper by the prince himself, under nighttime hypnosis, and sent by regular mail - that this is extremely ill-advised doesn't matter, and it also doesn't matter that f ...more
Très joli roman, entièrement composé de lettres. Bien que les réponses aux dites lettres n'apparaissent jamais, l'histoire n'en est pas moins fascinante. Uchronie mettant l'accent sur le voyage dans le temps et sur les interférences qu'il peut provoquer si le visiteur du futur influe sur le cours des évènements. Si le thème est connu, le traitement en est ici particulier, notamment à cause du mode de voyage temporel, et de la nature de la civilisation visitée : celle des Atlantes. Silverbeg livr ...more
Apr 22, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I just picked up this short book on CD because of its length, and because I am experimenting with fantasy/sci-fi stories. Bizarre, kind of silly, not really satisfying. But it was different, in the very least. And short.

And I think it was intended for younger readers in the end, which I did not know at the time.

Good road trip book, when you do not want to have to think too much, and want to kill some time. Maybe good taking a crap material for those of you who need that.
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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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