By Robert Silverberg
The tales right here, them all written among March of 1972 and November of 1973, mark a serious turning element in my occupation. those that comprehend the 3 previous volumes have traced my evolution from a able journeyman, very younger and as a lot excited by paying the lease as he used to be to advancing the cutting-edge, right into a severe, devoted craftsman now looking to go away his mark on technological know-how fiction in a few major method. in the course of the decade of the Sixties I had tried to develop and evolve in the box of writing I enjoyed development at the most sensible that went sooner than me, the paintings of Theodore Sturgeon and James Blish and Cyril Kornbluth and Jack Vance and Philip okay. Dick and part a dozen others whose nice tales have been beacons beckoning me onward after which, as I reached my very own adulthood, now attempting to convey technological know-how fiction besides me right into a new realm of improvement, hauling it alongside even farther out of its pulp-magazine origins towards what I considered as a extra resonant and evocative form of visionary storytelling.
Robert Silverberg, from his advent