By Robert Silverberg
2013 retail epub of a scifi classic
Journeying via area looking for relics from the earlier, a motley staff of explorers occurs upon an astounding discovery
Graduate pupil Tom Rice is extremely joyful to embark on his first deep-space archeological excursion. he's a part of a staff from Earth, venturing out looking for artifacts from a civilization that governed the universe many millennia in the past. referred to as the excessive Ones, the participants of this long-gone society left tantalizing clues approximately their background and tradition scattered all through area. One such clue, a “message cube” containing photos of the traditional ones, is extra fascinating than all the others mixed. it kind of feels to point that the excessive Ones aren’t extinct after all—and similar to that, Tom Rice’s archeological undertaking has develop into an intergalactic manhunt, one packed with ever-increasing risk that would ship the explorers hurtling headlong into the best adventure—and peril—of their lives.
This e-book good points an illustrated biography of Robert Silverberg together with infrequent photos and never-before-seen records from the author’s own collection.
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Then if, as the rumours go, Cyrus attacks the Lydians, will you supply your army with golden swords or will you then need iron? . Iron, of course. . And if you didn’t provide it your gold would go oﬀ captive to the Persians. . Don’t suggest it! . Let’s hope not. But, anyway, you obviously agree that iron is better than gold. . Are you then telling me to recall the gold and oﬀer the god iron ingots? . He won’t need iron either, but whether you oﬀer him bronze or gold your oﬀering will become a lucky windfall for others, the Phocians or the Boeotians or the Delphians themselves, or some tyrant or brigand.
Gifts from Zeus shouldn’t be rejected. . Are you willing for me to state my case, Timon? Or will you be angry if I say anything? . Say on––but don’t be long about it, and no preambles like those damned orators. I’ll put up with a few words from you for Hermes’ sake. . I really ought perhaps to be making a long speech in view of all your accusations. However, just consider your charge that I have wronged you. It was I who gave you all your greatest pleasures, prestige, precedence, crowns of honour, and every sort of luxury.
Don’t you recognize Timon, son of Echecratides, of Collytus? * . Dear me, what a change! Is this the ﬁne and wealthy gentleman, who had so many friends about him? So what happened to a man like that, who seems now a squalid wretch, digging for hire and heaving such a massive fork? . Well, you could say it was his goodheartedness and kindness that ruined him, and his compassion to anyone in need; but in truth it was his folly and simplicity and lack of judgment regarding his friends.
Across a Billion Years by Robert Silverberg