Yakoub was once the legendary King of the Rom, the Gypsy race that has evolved from the days of caravans into lords of the spaceways - the only pilots capable of steering ships safely between the many worlds of the Galaxy. Weary and proud, Yakoub has relinquished his power and lives in exile on a distant, icy world. In his absence, chaos fills the vacuum of power. The fate of the entire Galactic Empire hangs in the balance. Yakoub must journey across the cosmos and fight to regain his throne. Only then can he fulfill his dream - to return his people to their ancestral home of Romany Star.
The Rom need the Yakoub of legend once more. Can the once-mighty King overcome time and tyranny and inspire his people in their darkest hour?
Robert Silverberg has been nominated for and won more awards for his fiction than any other writer in the science fiction genre. This classic, now finally back in print, sweeps us--and Clay, the main character--into Earth's far-away future. It's a time when no one has heard of Shakespeare, Mozart, or Darwin, and when the planet is inhabited by beings of great intelligence, ambivalent sexuality, and extraordinary powers. Clay embarks on a panoramic journey, encompassing a billion years, and comes to understand that the era from which he came is nothing more than a minute fiber in the band of time.
A THRILLING ADVENTURE that ranges across time and space, pitting one man against a invading alien horde that threatens a colony world, and against a hidden conspiracy to conquer Earth. Blair Ewing must battle Klondi hordes, Sirian plotters, the forces of history, and the nature of time itself. It's a lot to ask of one man -- but supposing there were more than one? This classic early Silverberg novel folds an exploration of time-travel paradoxes into the story of one man's fight to save two worlds at once.
In a dark cave, on a cold planet, in a distant galaxy, four Earthmen sat and pondered the chance that had sent them there. The Computer had picked them to carry human civilization out beyond the limits of the Solar System. They were to be pioneers of a virgin world.
Four humans, imprisoned in a cave by alien raiders, awaiting an unknown fate, watching for the inevitable crackup that would hurl each at the others' throats —knowing that whatever they did would determine the future of their colony...