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An Imaginative, New World

By Robert Silverberg

Orb Books, $15.99, 254 pages

Author Robert Silverberg pays homage to Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness with this science fiction novel first published in 1969. Gunderson returns to the planet Belzagor eight years after Earth relinquished rights to the colony. The native nildoror and sulidoror accept his presence and his quest to the misty, northern lands, where Gunderson hopes to witness the rebirthing ceremony of the nildoror. Along the way, readers learn of Gunderson’s past, meet his former colleagues, and follow his pilgrimage, which turns out to be about much more than redemption. In this well-paced novel, Silverberg builds an imaginative, new world.

Reviewed by Lisa Ard

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