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Description - The Face of the Waters by Robert Silverberg

The title of this book is Face of the Waters and is written by author Robert Silverberg. The book Face of the Waters is published by HarperCollins Publishers. The ISBN of this book is 9780246137180 and the format is Hardback. The publisher has not provided a book description for Face of the Waters by Robert Silverberg.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780246137180
ISBN-10: 0246137185
Format: Hardback
(241mm x 161mm x mm)
Pages: 320
Imprint: Grafton
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publish Date: 9-May-1991
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

Book Reviews - The Face of the Waters by Robert Silverberg

UK Kirkus Review » Silverberg has spent his career putting his own spins on some of the classic themes and conceits of SF. The Face of the Waters takes a beleaguered human community on an alien planet, all seas save for floating platforms of woven weed, and sets them on their endless voyage after what starts as home and safety and becomes a transcendence that is as dangerous as death. (Kirkus UK)

US Kirkus Review » After the sun goes nova and destroys the Earth, humans survive only in small groups on far-flung planets like Hydros, a world with no land masses at all; here, humans are permitted to share the floating islands built by the Gillies, one of several intelligent native species. But when ambitious capitalist Nid Delagard of Sorve Island accidentally kills some intelligent "divers" in the course of his operations, the Gillies somehow know - and order the humans off Sorve. Led by doctor Valben Lawler, in ships provided by Delagard, they sail off in pursuit of a distant uninhabited island. On the voyage, storms, tides, and deadly sea creatures take their toll of ships and people; then Lawler discovers that Delagard really intends to seek out the Face of the Waters, a fabulous, mysterious island avoided by the Gillies. At last, a handful of survivors reach the island, only to learn that the Face of the Waters is the focus of a planetary consciousness embracing all Hydran life - and they, isolated, orphaned humans, are being invited to join. This far-from-original idea raises other questions, not least the problem of a food chain whose components share a consciousness, that Silverberg declines even to acknowledge, let alone confront. So: a mediocre ocean-world odyssey - comparisons with Jack Vance's superior The Blue World are inevitable - from the veteran writer/editor, professionally turned but disappointingly superficial. (Kirkus Reviews)

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