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The author of the book: Robert Silverberg
Date of issue: November 28th 1995
ISBN 13: 9788473863841
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There is a certain audacity to the outrageous quality of much of science fiction, usually exemplified by the work of such authors as Philip K. Dick or Theodore Sturgeon. Theirs is an off the beaten path that runs perpendicular to other fiction, their’s are proudly unique ideas, stridently and proudly declaring, Voltaire like, that here is something different.
Robert Silverberg first published Shadrach in the Furnace in 1976 and this novel, perhaps more than any other of his I’ve read, also represents this quality of science fiction.
In the not too distant future, the world has been transformed by a series of natural, political and biological calamities into one only partially recognizable. Mongolia once again stands atop the world’s econo-political power base, this time not the result of marauding horsemen, but out of an opportunistic power play and the favorable use of the Virus War. While this event took place in the past and off stage, the results are omnipresent, except for the chosen few of the Khan’s select, who benefit daily from the good effects of the antidote.
Attending the aging Khan, Genghis Mao, in his palace of Ulan Bator is our hero Shadrach Mordecai, the Khan’s personal physician. Shadrach and his staff have kept the totalitarian leader alive decades beyond what nature would have provided and intend on keeping him alive much, much longer. The Khan has projects in place that will allow him to stay alive perhaps indefinitely.
From here comes the conflict and Silverberg’s protagonist is deftly chosen for the role. Using this setting as an opportunity to explore much of the world after the results of a global viral pandemic, Silverberg demonstrates his great storytelling ability and his masterful knowledge of cultural and theological themes.
Good enough to be nominated for the Hugo and the Nebula, probably on the strength of the ideas alone, the story, in my humble opinion, was inconsistent and fragmented, there were parts where I thought this may be his best writing and other sections that I had to muck through.
All in all, still a damn fine story by one of the genre’s best.
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Read information about the authorRobert Silverberg is one of science fiction’s most beloved writers, and the author of such contemporary classics as Dying Inside, Downward to the Earth and Lord Valentine’s Castle, as well as At Winter’s End, also available in a Bison Books edition. He is a past president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the winner of five Nebula Awards and five Hugo Awards. In 2004 the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America presented him with the Grand Master Award. Silverberg is one of twenty-nine writers to have received that distinction.
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