It looked like the past, on Earth. But times had changed...and changed...and changed.
There were ghosts and chimeras and phastasies everywhere about. A burly thick-thighed swordsman appeared on the porch of the temple of Poseidon holding a Gorgon's severed head and waved it in a wide arc, grinning broadly. In the street below the hotel gate, three small pink sphinxes, no bigger than housecats, stretched and yawned and began to prowl the curbside. A larger one, lion-sized, watched warily from an alleyway: their mother, surely. Even at this distance he could hear her loud purring....
This is a very poetical, allegorical tale of eternal life coupled with spiritual death of a society. Hoards of immortal citizens flock cities created for their sheer amusement, recreating the past. But are they equipped to handle an all-too-human problem? Strangely enough, it is one of their recreations of the past that shows them humanity. The performance is adequate.
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A really excellent and imaginative sci-fi novella which well deserved the Nebula which it won in 1986. Silverberg creates a mysterious and fascinating world of the far future, exploring interesting themes including that of personal identity and the dilemma of boredom in utopia. Mr. Parker reads in a clear voice and does an excellent job with all the male and female characters.
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