A Time of Changes
by Robert Silverberg
Review by Benjamin Wald
Orb Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765322319
Date: 27 April 2009 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /
Robert Silverberg is one of the most inventive and eclectic authors ever to write Science Fiction and seeing any of his work back in print is a cause for celebration, especially when it is a Nebula award winner and Hugo Nominee. Thankfully, A Time of Changes lives up to Silverberg's reputation for excellence. The story takes place on a world in which any sharing of emotions is forbidden and reviled as obscene, and the plot follows the life of Kinnall Darival as he comes to oppose this society and is destroyed by it. Of course, like most of the great Science Fiction books, A Time of Changes isn't actually about the future but about our own society today. From official release/information:
From back of book: In the far future, Earth is a worn-out backwater and humanity is spread across the galaxy on worlds that once were colonies, but now feel like home. Each has its own long history of a thousand years or more, and each has its own unique culture.
One of the strangest is Borthan, where the founding settlers established the Covenant, which teaches that the self is to be despised. It is forbidden for anyone to reveal his innermost thoughts or feelings to another. On Borthan, the filthiest obscenities imaginable are the words "I" and "me". For the heinous crime of "self-baring", apostates have always paid with exile or death. But after his eyes are opened by a visitor from Earth, Kinnall Darival, prince of Salla, risks everything to teach his people the real meaning of being human.
With a new introduction by the author, and the first-ever map of Borthan, this classic, out of print since 1992, is a welcome additon to the Orb imprint.
(Source: Orb Books)