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Their hotel was beautifully situated, high on the northern slope of the huge artificial mound known as the paneium that was sacred to the goat-footed god. From here they had a total view of the city: the wide noble boulevards, the soaring obelisks and monuments, the palace of Hadrian just below the hill, the stately and awesome Library, the temple of Poseidon, the teeming marketplace, the royal lodge that Mark Antony had built after his defeat at Actium. And of course the Lighthouse, the wondrous many-windowed Lighthouse, the seventh wonder of the world, that immense pile of marble and limestone rising in majesty at the end of its mile-long causeway. Black smoke from the beacon-fire ar its summit curled lazily into the sky. The city was awakening.

It looked like the past, on Earth. But times had changed...and changed...and changed.

There were ghosts and chimeras and phastasies everywhere about. A burly thick-thighed swordsman appeared on the porch of the temple of Poseidon holding a Gorgon's severed head and waved it in a wide arc, grinning broadly. In the street below the hotel gate, three small pink sphinxes, no bigger than housecats, stretched and yawned and began to prowl the curbside. A larger one, lion-sized, watched warily from an alleyway: their mother, surely. Even at this distance he could hear her loud purring....

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"A beautifully worded novella from a highly respected author is made even more enjoyable by the reading of Tom Parker. His precise, cultured voice adds to the wonder felt by the protagonist, and his calmly assured tones give the listener a feeling of comfort." (AudioFile)

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Michael G Kurilla
  • 11/11/2020

Far future world with immortality and AI

Robert Silverberg's Sailing to Byzantium is a short novella of a far future Earth where the bulk of the population enjoys immortality and abundant leisure. A major pastime consists in recreating historical cities as sort of amusement parks. The narrator is someone from the 20th century brought to this world who encounters a general apathic decadence as well as other individuals from other historical times that seem designed solely for entertainment value. While there is a love interest, he struggles to adjust to the mores of the era.

Silverberg plays with the notion of a society advancing to the degree that there seems nothing left to do. At the same time, there's a bit of sociocultural context that precludes acceptance of certain realities. Finally, there is the theme of consciousness, identity, and even the soul arising out of advanced technologies. Sadly, this looks like a conceptual piece that Silverberg just never resolved within himself to fully flesh out.

The narration is well done (oddly, performed by an excellent narrator but under a pseudonym this time) with excellent character distinction and fine pacing.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Bookoholics Anon
  • 06/02/2012

imaginative

An unusual future "time travel" theme. Silverberg's prose is exquisite. A favorite of his novellas.

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  • Generale
    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Casandra Guess
  • 24/10/2021

Push Play. I listened to it 2 times in a row...

This is a short story that had me thinking for a long while afterwards. Awesome.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Richard
  • 06/01/2012

A Fascinating Future Utopia!

A really excellent and imaginative sci-fi novella which well deserved the Nebula which it won in 1986. Silverberg creates a mysterious and fascinating world of the far future, exploring interesting themes including that of personal identity and the dilemma of boredom in utopia. Mr. Parker reads in a clear voice and does an excellent job with all the male and female characters.

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  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Emma
  • 13/09/2022

very fun short listen!

a great sci fi film before the time of the matrix, love the vibe! very fun.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Anonymous User
  • 19/07/2022

One of the best ever .

I have read many many SF novels in my long life....and I read only best, ...that 0.1% because that is all I can stomach....as arrogant as That may sound. and never have I know one that can beat this little classic.

  • Generale
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • yoni yacobi
  • 14/02/2022

I wish it was longer

Marvelous book.
The recording is old and bad. And yet, this book is more then worth your time.
Silverberg Ideas and the way he tell them in this book are fabulous.
My only complaint (not regarding the recording quality) is that book is to short.

  • Generale
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  • Gilbert M. Stack
  • 05/01/2022

A Lovely Tale

This is a classic Silverberg novella which I have been planning to read for a very long time. It’s a sad but beautiful story of a man from 1984 who has been pulled into the world of the fiftieth century—a strange place where people spend their lives sightseeing recreated wonderous cities of the past. He has fallen in love, but the woman he is in love with abandons and hides from him leaving him to determine the problem that has grown between them and find a way to bring hope to two lives in the far future. It’s really a lovely tale.

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • John
  • 24/08/2021

A pop cultural necessity

and light hearted and fey even when dealing with dark material. a quick and pleasant listen.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Frank DiFilia
  • 19/07/2021

Exceptional

Silverberg is an author of amazing depth and imagination and this story does not disappoint. Perfect narration...

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  • Nicky Ramone
  • 26/09/2022

Entertaining

I haven’t read/listened to any of Silverberg’s work for about 25 years, except for the excellent ‘Man in the Maze’ a month or two ago.

This story was thoroughly entertaining (and well-narrated) and I’m enjoying re-discovering this writer. I’ll definitely be listening to more Silverberg soon.

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  • K. Cheesman
  • 14/08/2022

nice quick and thoughtful

I really enjoyed this book. Robert Silverberg really can paint some amazing pictures, well worth a listen.