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In addition to exploring Silverberg's career, now in its sixth decade, this collection of transcribed conversations delves into aspects of Silverberg's life-such as his extensive travel, passion for film, opera and classical music-not covered elsewhere. A decade-and-a-half-long friendship, and working together on When the Blue Shift Comes, afforded Alvaro the opportunity t ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published August 16th 2016 by Fairwood Press (first published January 1st 2016)
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Glenn Russell
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Robert Silverberg - Born in Brooklyn, New York in 1935, author of over eighty novels and hundreds of stories and essays - an inspiration for writers and readers both in and beyond science fiction

“In 1996, when I was seventeen years old, I discovered Robert Silverberg’s work with Nightwings. The subtle melancholy of its three lyrical novellas moved me deeply. Beyond this, I was thrilled to realize that I had made first contact with a vast and cool intelligence, one that had spent decades producin
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Bradley
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a rather satisfying look into a SF Grandmaster's life. Robert Silverberg had been on the scene since 1955 but had decided to stop writing, go into full retirement, about a decade ago. That doesn't mean he ignores the SF community, however, nor has he gone recluse. He just retired.

These transcribed conversations with Alvaro feel like a very comfortable and wide-ranging exploration on many topics, all of which were very well organized and compiled and I never once got the impression that
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Denis
Aug 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is an astounding insight into the mind of Robert Silverberg. He is just beginning his eighties when this extensive candid interview takes place. His readers will be interested to know many of his personal opinions, habits and life long experiences. As a lover of arts, whether it be painting, pop music or writing, I've always been as interested in the artists themselves as I am in the art they produce. Alvaro Zinos-Amero casually spends several weekends in Silverberg's home, not only intervi ...more
Ron
“I thought I would create ‘enwonderment’ as a kind of analogous noun [to enlightenment and empowerment] that explains what science fiction is supposed to do.”

Another “related work” finalist for 2017 Hugo Awards. This one is at least a coherent whole, unlike almost all the others. A multi-day interview with Silverberg highlighting where he came from, how he got into writing, and where he is now.

“New experiences happen all the time, not always pleasant ones, but the ones that shape you, the ones
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Clyde
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
All science fiction readers of course know of Robert Silverberg and most of us have read at least some of his oeuvre. This book gives a glimpse into his life both in and out of the SF&F world. It provides a vision of Silverberg's with wide ranging interests and is well seasoned with his dry wit. I recommend it as well worth a read for those interested in Silverberg or in the golden age of science fiction. ...more
Jm_oriol
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Esta serie de entrevistas que Alvaro Zinos-Amaro ha realizado a su amigo Robert Silverberg nos aportan una visión de la vida personal de Silverberg, sus aficiones, métodos de trabajo, teoría literaría y la enorme enorme (menuda envidia) librería y colección de libros de cifi. Está estructurada en siete capítulos que van comentando los diferentes aspectos de la vida de Robert Silverberg. Todo esto intercalado con anécdotas, comentarios y si incluso críticas a colegas. (Ahora sabemos por que los m ...more
Miquel Codony
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Valoración: 3,5/5


Exhaustiva, aunque relativamente informal (eso es bueno). Muy interesante para saber más de Silverberg.

Lo mejor (y eso es muy interesante) es cuando habla de literatura y de su proceso creativo. El resto me ha dejado un poco frío.
Jack Skillingstead
This is a wonderful addition to the history of science fiction. More than a series of interview questions, this is a true conversation between two very bright people, one of whom happens to be a Grand Master of the genre.
Ignacio
Apr 22, 2017 rated it liked it
La labor del entrevistador en estas conversaciones es encomiable. Lleva el diálogo por derroteros que permiten a Silverberg hablar sobre facetas no demasiado tratadas: sus opiniones políticas, su visión personal sobre el paso del tiempo y la vejez, cómo concibe la escritura, las cosas que le atraen de los textos y las que le pierden como lector... Es fascinante ver cómo mantiene su memoria a los 80 años, su erudición en todo tipo de temas, su condición de lector voraz que en cierta forma está en ...more
Morgan Dhu
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Traveler of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg, by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro and Robert Silverberg, is one of the nominees for the 2017 Hugo awards in the Related Works category. It is a collection of interviews on a variety of subjects conducted by Zinos-Amaro with legendary sf writer Robert Silverberg.

In the Preface, Zinos-Amaro tells us that he became a devoted fan of Silverberg's work when he was still a teenager, an admiration that led to correspondence, then friendship, then a collabora
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Norman Cook
Zinos-Amaro clearly did a lot of research before he sat down with Silverberg for these interviews. He quotes not only from Silverberg's books, but from magazine articles and other sources. He doesn't retread areas of Silverberg's life that Silverberg has previously written about. These interviews are a peek into Silverberg's private life, his likes and dislikes, hobbies, and perhaps most telling, his feelings on reaching 80 and what his life has in store in his remaining years. Silverberg is qui ...more
Kris
I found this interesting but probably in a different way from most readers.
For I am not a fan of Silverberg's writing (I have only read one novel of his and a handful of short fiction, none of which appealed to me) and only picked this up because it was in the Hugo Packet.
Throughout the long sprawling series of interviews I was able to understand why I think I didn't get on with his work. His views on science fiction, art and society are so fundementally different from mine we are simply not on
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Lori
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a well put together series of interviews that read as a conversation between Zinos-Amaro and Robert Silverberg, that take an in-depth look at Silverberg's life, times, and insights about his written works, other writers, travel, aging, and a variety of other topics.
Jim Mann
Jun 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Robert Silverberg is one of the best SF writers the field has known. He's also knowledgeable on numerous subjects, a world traveller, and an incredibly erudite speaker. Alvaro Zinos-Amaro, himself also knowledgeable and well spoken, interviews Silverberg on a number of topics, ranging from travel to politics to the books that Silverberg loves (and doesn't). As I reader, I felt like I was listening into a great conversation.

Michael Samerdyke
Jun 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Robert Silverberg has always been a paradox to me.

On the one hand, I've read some very good stories of his. like "To See the Invisible Man" and "A Thousand Paces Along the Via Dolorosa," but I've never been driven to track down and read a lot of Silverberg's work. Of the New Wave writers, I respond far more to Harlan Ellison, Roger Zelazny and Ursula Le Guin.

So I read this book to see if it gave me a way "into" Silverberg's fiction.

Another paradox. I enjoyed reading this book, but I don't feel a
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Marion Hill
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads, owned
Robert Silverberg has become my favorite old-school science fiction writer. I have read 6 Silverberg novels from his prolific period of 1967-1976 and I have liked all of them. I wanted to know a little more of about his writing career. Traveler of Worlds provides an excellent, behind-the-scenes of Silverberg reflecting on his sixth decade as a writer. Zinos-Amaro asks good questions in this back-and forth Q&A style of book. If you are a fan of Robert Silverberg, I would recommend Traveler of Wor ...more
Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
Aug 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
I'm the author of this book. TRAVELER OF WORLDS is a book of conversations in which I ask Robert Silverberg all sorts of questions about his life experiences, love of travel and art and music, and of course his long and prolific career, in and out of science fiction. These conversations happened over the course of 2015 in his living room and I transcribed and edited them, with his approval, for the book. Gardner Dozois wrote an Introduction and Karen Haber, Bob's wife, an Afterword.

The book was
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Steven Middaugh
Oct 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excursions thru the Mind of the Writer

Interesting conversations and mental excursions (though he's most of his thoughts to himself) throughout the landscapes he discusses with the interviewer whether it's the subject of travel, gardening, libraries, books, and exotic foods. Plus literary influences on writing, though he'd point out influences from himself. This book makes the reader part of the conversation.
Nicholas Whyte
Nov 18, 2017 rated it liked it
https://nwhyte.livejournal.com/2903021.html

I'd have liked to hear more about Silverberg's attitude to his own work, and the book lacked a chronology or other analytical apparatus.
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Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
Interesting, but imho doesn't carry the same worth as other contenders for this years Hugos.
Kevin
Jul 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting conversations with Mr. Silverberg. Some more interesting than others.
Wichael Tellez
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is not a bibliography its a interview. Conversations with Robert Silverberg opens up your mind to what you should know about his life and what he knows. Your only following his footsteps while traveling. It is a magnificent book that can read over and over!

https://youtu.be/DcUV-EW_hvg



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Rafael Ontivero
Sep 25, 2016 rated it liked it
A veces se va demasiado por los Cerros de Úbeda.
Magnus
Jul 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
Both the interviewee and the interviewer come across as insufferably pretentious.
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