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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  2,943 ratings  ·  150 reviews
Ето го светът на Вилейда Бортан — колонизиран преди много векове от звездните кораби, окован от закони и традиции на сурово самоотричане. Свят, където няма нищо по-позорно от това, да говориш за себе си като за „аз“, или да споделяш най-съкровените си мисли с другите.

Но нищо във вселената не е вечно, освен, може би, самата вселена.
Paperback, "Избрана световна фантастика", № 4, 320 pages
Published 1993 by Бард (first published 1971)
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Lyn
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Time for Changes by Robert Silverberg is difficult to rate and even more difficult to review. I can begin by saying that I liked it.

Silverberg tells a good story, he’s a fine writer and his narration draws the reader in. Set in the distant future, on a planet inhabited by humans for thousands of years, but still with the knowledge of far off earth as an anachronistic home, we follow the life of Kenal, second son of a king in a strictly primogeniture hierarchy. The world is also strictly in th
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Bradley
This is a surprisingly different read.

At the very first, I thought it was going to be an alien-Odyssey, a SF treatment of the greek legend, with just a hint of something truly interesting, culturally, in that the entire race, or nearly the entire race, is devoted to self-abnegation.

Imagine, then, instead of relying on the world-building adventure that it began with, it turned into a very distinctive novel of the drug culture that reflects 1971 perfectly, changing Ulysses into Timothy Leary, and
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Apatt
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Robert Silverberg is a legend, one of the all-time greats, and among these all-time greats he is probably the most underrated. He has Hugo and Nebula Awards up the wazoo but is relatively unknown compared to the giants of the genre like Asimov, Clarke, and Heinlein, IMHO he belongs up there with them in term of accolades.

A Time of Changes is one of his best novels if his Goodreads page is anything to go by. However, if you have never read anything by Silverberg before you may want to start with
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Stuart
This is one of Silverberg’s best novels from his most prolific and creative period in the late 1960s/early 1970s, along with Downward to the Earth and Dying Inside.

It’s about a repressive human society on a distant planet called Borthan, in which the terms “I” and “myself” are obscenities, and “self-bearing” is a serious crime. It’s the story of Kinnall Darival, the second son of a Plutarch (essentially a prince), who must leave his home to avoid being a threat to his older brother’s claim to r
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Jim
Apr 10, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, 1audio, 2fiction
Puritans to the stars? Something like that. As usual, Silverberg delves into a complex issue with realistic characters & manages to keep them distant enough that I never manage to care about them.

This has an interesting premise, a belief system of self-containment that our main character eventually fights. There are elements from many great classics, Heart of Darkness, The Scarlet Letter, & others. I could appreciate the complex theme, the world building, & tragedy, but it never sucked me in. H
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Stephen
4.0 to 4.5 stars Another intelligent and provocative story by Robert Silverberg who seems to have a real gift for evocative stories. This strong, emotional tale involves the journey of a repressed member of a repressed society to open himself up and find his “self."

The novel is set on a distant planet (originally colonized from an Earth over-populated and polluted). The planet's population lives by the "Covenant" whose most notable characteristic is the complete and utter denial of "self." Words
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Amy Sturgis
This 1971 novel won the Nebula Award and was nominated for the Hugo, but I have to confess I found it to be quite underwhelming.

Robert Silverberg offers a first-person memoir of a future human (descended from Earthlings) on a far distant planet. In his society words like "I" and "me" are considered obscenities. Burdening others with one's individuality, sharing one's self with them, is held to be a sin that should be limited whenever possible. When he meets a man from Earth with a rare and illeg
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David
Jan 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
When settlers first colonized Borthan, they set up a society and a religion called "The Covenant" that makes "self-bearing" into a taboo. People cannot share their deepest thoughts with others, with the sole exception being one's "bond brother" and "bond sister". One can never say the words "I" or "me", because that indicates a sort of self-infatuation, or "self bearing". Those words are the most terribly obscene words one can possibly utter.

This science fiction novel is written as an autobiogr
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Rachel (Kalanadi)
This book is far, far too preoccupied with its leading man's premature ejaculation.

The repetitive fact that he puts his penis in many willing receptacle women - but never sticks it in the one woman he truly lusts after - really distracted me from the story where he learns to bare his soul... or be human...

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Guys, he gets high on a drug and it changes his life.

The End.

In case you're wondering, (view spoiler)
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Craig
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Time of Changes won the Nebula Award for best novel of 1971. I never numbered it as among my favorite Silverberg titles, and after having listened to the audiobook version I haven't changed my opinion. It's a very well-written book, nicely paced and plotted, swinging back and forth in time to heighten tension and underline events and emphasize points. Silverberg was at his best in portraying complex characters here. It's very much a novel of the 1960's, being the story of finding and being you ...more
Matt
Jun 02, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Robert Silverburg, British sci-fi, or soft sci-fi
'A Time of Changes' is classic Robert Silverburg of the sort that he rightly recieves acclaim for, but it suffers in my opinion from the fact that Silverburg makes no attempt at all to really maintain the fantastic conceit which is at the heart of the story. That conceit of the story is a world where self-deprication is so esteemed as virtuous and putting oneself forward is likewise deemed immoral, that no one is allowed to refer to oneself in the first person. The pronoun 'I' therefore is a tru ...more
Sandy
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After four years of successive losses, sci-fi great Robert Silverberg finally picked up his first Nebula Award in 1972. His 1967 novel "Thorns" had lost to Samuel R. Delany's "The Einstein Intersection," his brilliant '68 novel "The Masks of Time" had been bested by Alexei Panshin's equally brilliant "Rite of Passage," '69's time travel tale "Up the Line" had succumbed to Ursula K. Le Guin's "The Left Hand of Darkness," while 1970's unforgettable "Tower of Glass" had been beaten by Larry Niven's ...more
prcardi
Storyline: 2/5
Characters: 2/5
Writing Style: 2/5
World: 1/5

This is my fifth Robert Silverberg book, and it reaffirmed for me what I regard as his most distinctive quality: the wide divide between potential and execution. In his heyday Silverberg was reportedly writing 250,000 a words a month, and his books show it. They betray that they were hatched by an imaginative and rascally mind, stitched together by someone with an instinctual feel for plotting, and then glossed over with a stain of science
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Denis
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: b-c, hardcover
An excellently written novel by Silverberg. It is written in the form of a memoir by one who has gone into hiding after taking on a mission to change the ways of his world by freeing its citizens of the covenants constraint of the forbidden practice of acknowledgment of one's self. Had Silverberg come up with this idea and attempted this in the 1950's, it might have a pulpier title like, "The Man Who Dared Say "I". I'm glad the idea struck him twenty years later.
Alan
Nov 14, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Seekers after self, so to speak
It's a truism widely held that science fiction isn't so much about the future or the exotic locales it portrays as it is about the here and now, refracted through the lens of otherness. A Time of Changes certainly bolsters that theory. It won a Nebula award when it was published, possibly because of that very resonance with a particular time and place—but in the cold light of the 21st Century, it seems a little harder to read.

The story has two main quirks that intersect to create this impression
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fromcouchtomoon
Oct 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gripping on-the-run memoir of an alien from a repressed culture seeking communal enlightenment via drugs. Hippie hallmarks of sex and psychedelics, but aged well.
Векослав Стефановски
When you're reading Silverberg you can count on one thing - it's gonna be a weird ride. The Nebula winner for 1971 delivers on that promise (even though The Lathe of Heaven is, in one's humble opinion, is a better book).

The world building is exquisite, and the hunt scene is a nice example of an especially well designed world - but it's almost inconsequential to the novel and the story line itself. The real action is within the souls of the nicely shaped out characters - the world is build just s
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Robin
A moving and complex portrait of life in a society enough like ours to be deeply disturbing. Silverberg's prose is peak storybook-formal here, and he packs an insane amount of worldbuilding, story, and character development into a book that, by modern standards, is relatively short and dense. Still, the second act meanders somewhat, and the choice of protagonist doesn't quite seem to gel with the story's deeper currents. Nevertheless, when the themes and characters and story are all collimated t ...more
Kim Zinkowski
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
B+. Read during my science fiction period where I endeavored to read all Hugo, Nebula & PK Dick
awards.
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Kyle Sullivan
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
A clever criticism of society wrapped up with a medieval sci-fi cloak. Mr. Silverberg is a science fiction great and his writing here is his usual deft craft, even as it is couched in the sometimes rough and culturally distant personality of its protagonist. This book as an easy read and I recommend it for anyone who wants to get into Silverberg. The culture he builds here is based on a simple premise...but like the Puritans of America's Euro-foundational moment, that premise can create an entir ...more
Michele
Dec 04, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi_general
My reactions to Silverberg are very uneven. I absolutely loved the creepy yet alluring The Book of Skulls and the dystopian The World Inside but have never been able to get into, let alone finish, any of his Majipoor series which he seems to be so well known for. This one left me ambivalent. I think sometimes he tries a little too hard with his social messages -- in this case, I suppose, the value of love (published in 1971, surprise, surprise).

The main character, Kinnall Darival, is a member of
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Chris
Nov 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
A Time of Change is told as the memoir of Lord Kinnall Darival, exiled prince of Salla who has come to know the self. On Borthan—founded by stern, stoic humans of northern stock—personal pronouns are obscene, self-concern is a sin, and the worst crime is to let loose emotions that should be buried deep inside. “I love you” is a more vile obscenity to this culture than “fuck off” is to ours. This set of social norms that prohibit acknowledgement and repress the self is the Covenant, and the rule ...more
Perry Whitford
'I am Kinnall Darival and I mean to tell you all about myself.'

That might not seem like such a momentous opening to a memoir, but if you were a citizen of Borthan, a distant planet colonized by a stoic group of Earth evacuees some two thousand years before, where the very concept of self is taboo, it's positively revolutionary.

A large but sparsely populated world where the settlers are primarily gathered on just one of its five vast continents, the people of Borthan are rigidly bound to the Cove
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Marion Hill
May 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
3.5 Stars.

What is the strength or conviction of someone’s beliefs unless they are tested by temptation?

The Nebula Award winning novel A Time of Changes by Robert Silverberg attempts to answer the aforementioned question. Prince Kinnall from the planet Velada Borthan tells his story as a memoir about how he became tempted by a substance brought by a man from Earth named Schweiz. That temptation makes him questioned his religious beliefs and changes his life forever.

The substance that the Earthman
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Jack
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jim
Aug 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who like thoughtful science fiction
Shelves: read-sci-fi
Often it's one line that makes a book. With this book it was a single concept, a world where speaking in the first person singular is taboo, to use the word "I" is the worst kind of swearing. Needless to say it's also a world where opening up oneself is a very private thing reserved for a highly select few. Into this world, as so often happens, comes a man, an earthman as it happens, with a different point of view about what is right and wrong. The fact is, throughout history, right and wrong ha ...more
Chris
Jul 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This is a brilliant piece of thoughtful science fiction. As has been said elsewhere, this is science fiction that is really dealing with the times in which the book was written. The story takes place in a far future where refering to one's self in the first person or sharing one's innermost thoughts is largely banned. After encountering a former resident of Earth, the protagonist learns of a drug (a drug that sounds eerily like cocaine) that allows the users to delve within each others innermost ...more
Erik Graff
Feb 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Silverberg fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
Helen, Michael and Tom's mother, was a godsend to her sons and their friends during our early adulthoods. Director of Chicago's Womens' Athletic Club downtown, she was in the position to hire people for various positions. She helped me during the summer after college and for some time after seminary by hiring me as a security guard, working days in the first instance and nights in the second. The position was wonderful, entailing very little real work beyond occasional night rounds, allowing lon ...more
Bookbrow
Jan 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the better Silverberg novels, one that makes you respect Silverberg's knack of telling people stories within a sci-fi conext, the world building here reminds one of the valentine's castle novels, a rich tapestry that is both old and new. This book is surely one of the highlights of Silverberg's career and far more timeless than some good efforts like Dying Inside, etc. Recomended even for reader's who don't normally read spec fiction.
Phil
Oct 07, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Liked it beginning to end. A reasonably believably world and premise for a story.
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