Alien Archives by Robert Silverberg
Three Rooms Press: 10/29/19
eBook review copy; 404 pages
Alien Archives: Eighteen Stories of Extraterrestrial Encounters
by Robert Silverberg is a very highly recommended collection of previously published short stories, spanning decades, all featuring extraterrestrials.
Any collection of stories of any type from science fiction Grand
Master Robert Silverberg is well worth immediately purchasing.
Silverberg "wrote these stories, the oldest one in 1954 and the most
half a century later, with two beliefs held firmly in mind: 1) We are
not alone. The universe is full of non-human life-forms. 2) We are never
going to encounter any of these alien beings." The great thing about
any Silverberg collection is that he writes a new introduction to all
the stories documenting when and why they were written and other
All of these stories are, naturally, well written. It is delightful
to see stories published in pulp magazines side by side with more recent
stories, documenting, in many ways, the history of science fiction
stories. The plots vary greatly and highlight Silverberg's skill and
diversity in presenting different characters and scenarios while telling
a compelling, engaging story. Some stories, obviously, feel dated
because they were written decades earlier, but they are all wildly
Contents include: The Silent Colony; En Route to Earth; The Way to Spook City; Amanda and the Alien; One-Way Journey; The Shadow of Wings; Gorgon Planet; Flies; Sundance; Bride; Something Wild is Loose; Schwartz Between the Galaxies; Diana of the Hundred Breasts; Sunrise on Mercury; Alaree; The Soul-Painter and the Shapeshifter; To the Dark Star; Beauty in the Night
My review copy was courtesy of Three Rooms Press.