When The Blue Shift Comes

Robert Silverberg, Alvaro Zinos-Amaro
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When The Blue Shift Comes


If you like "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", you will probably enjoy this.

The Stellar Guild series books each consist of 2 novella/novelettes: one by an established SF author, which sets up the scene and story, and a second novella, which finishes the story, written by an up-and-coming SF author personally chosen by the SF master.

Rather than write a new novella, Silverberg chose to dust off a book he had started in 1987 on which he had stalled and never been able to finish. Talk about handing your protege a tough act to follow! Silverberg states in a foreward that he feels that Zinos-Amaro succeeded. I would definitely agree.

This book has the same impishness and absurdism as "Hitchhiker", but with rather more science.

A thought-challenging read, this book makes a nice change-of-pace from space operas and epic fantasy novels.

Zinos-Amaro clearly has a vivid imagination for plotting and imagery. I look forward to reading more of his works where he gets to do the whole thing himself.