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eBook Born With The Dead epub
  • ISBN: 0425041565
  • Author: Robert Silverberg
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Subcategory: Science Fiction
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Berkley; paperback / softback edition (July 1979)
  • ePUB size: 1139 kb
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Born with the Dead by Robert Silverberg. Deads might be carriers of dangerous spiritual maladies

Born with the Dead by Robert Silverberg. One. And what the dead had no speech for, when living, They can tell you, being dead: the communication. Deads might be carriers of dangerous spiritual maladies. Was there anything in the Revised Administrative Code about refusing visas on grounds of suspected contagions of the spirit? Daud Mahmoud Barwani nibbled moodily at his breakfast-a cold chapatti, a mound of cold curried potato-and waited without eagerness for the arrival of the deads. Almost two and a half years had passed since Jorge Klein had last seen Sybille: the afternoon of Saturday, October 13, 1990, the day of her funeral.

Born with the Dead" is a science fiction novella by Robert Silverberg. It describes a near-future world in which the recently dead can be "rekindled" to a new life, but one in which their personalities and attitudes are radically changed; although they possess their memories from their previous lives, their former concerns no longer appear important to them. The story parallels that of Eurydice and Orpheus in the underworld.

The world that these stories sprang from was the troubled, bewildering, dangerous, and very exciting world of those weird years when the barriers were down and the future was rushing into the present with the force of a river unleashed. But of course I think these stories speak to our times, too, and that most of them will remain valid as we go staggering onward through the brave new world of the twenty-first century.

Born with the Dead book. Born With The Dead (1974) by Robert Silverberg – This is an excellent novella that won the Nebula and Locus awards and was nominated for several other awards in 1974. Collection of three novellas. In this story people who die can be rekindled, . Of course, rekindling is a very popular process that creates warm populations (normal living people) and cold populations (rekindled dead people).

He is a multiple winner of both Hugo and Nebula Awards, a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame, and a Grand Master of SF. He has attended every Hugo Awards ceremony since the inaugural event in 1953. Silverberg was born to Jewish parents in Brooklyn, New York.

Born With the Dead was originally published in the April 1974 issue of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction.

Robert Silverberg is one of the best writers of SF - ever. From 1968 or so to the mid-70's Silverberg probably had the best five year run of any SF writer in producing great work. Even Heinlein never had a straight run of great work in one five of six year period. Heck, the only similar run of great work in SF was happening almost at the same time in .

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I bought this for my son to read. I am a lifelong fan of Robert Silverberg and remember reading "Born with the Dead" decades ago. I've read thousand of Sci Fi stories, novellas and books, but "Born with the Dead" is singularly memorable as a retelling of the Greek legend of Orpheus. Picture a man heartbroken over the death of his beloved wife, only to find out that she has been 'rekindled' to life and removed to another location. Imagine the man's willingness to do anything to find and regain her while knowing that the process of rekindling has altered her consciousness. Like Orpheus, he enters the underworld to retrieve her. The ending is not something you'll see coming.
Three good novels by the great writer. The stories are somewhat sad but they are fantastic.
I read "Born with the Dead" over twenty years ago and have been unable to find it until now. Great story.
This was a replacement for a book i have loved for almost 40 years. The stories are just as good now, even though dated, as they were in 1975.
"Born With the Dead" gathers together three of Robert Silverberg's mid-career sci-fi novellas into one remarkably fine collection. With a length greater than a short story or novelette but shorter than a full-length novel, these three tales clock in at around 55 to 70 pages each, and all display the intelligence, word craft and abundance of detail common to all of Silverberg's work in the late '60s to mid-'70s. Although subtitled "Three Novellas About the Spirit of Man" on its original 1974 release, the collection features a trio of tales that, strive as I might, I cannot find a common denominator among. Two of the stories concern how mankind deals with the subject of death, while the third has man's relation to religion and God as its central theme. OK, I HAVE thought of some commonalities among all three: They are all wonderful exemplars of modern-day sci-fi, all compulsively readable, all memorable and all moving.

The collection kicks off with the title story, "Born With the Dead." This tale takes place in the futuristic world of, uh, 1993, by which time mankind has discovered a way to reanimate the recently deceased by a process known as "rekindling." These "Deads" live separately in their own communes (Cold Towns), apart from the "Warms," and have their own customs and society. We meet Jorge Klein, a teacher who had lost his wife, Sybille, some years before, and who is now engaged in the taboo practice of stalking his rekindled ex around the globe, with the hope of a possible reuniting. The bulk of the tale takes place in exotic Zanzibar (Silverberg had visited East Africa before penning his great novel "Downward to the Earth" in 1970), although the story's two best scenes transpire elsewhere. In the first, Sybille and a group of fellow "Colds" go on a safari in a Tanzanian preserve stocked with genetically reconstructed extinct life forms, such as the dodo, aurochs, even a megatherium; in the second, Jorge disguises himself as one of the rekindled dead to infiltrate a Cold Town in the wilds of southeast Utah! This truly is a remarkable piece of fiction, and well deserving of the Nebula Award that it won for best novella of that year. I have only two quibbles with this tale. First, the Arab state of Oman is on the Gulf of Oman, not the Persian Gulf, as Silverberg writes; and second, a Google Image search will reveal that Zanzibar's Beit al-Ajaib, the House of Wonders, has no "vast cupola," as the author describes it. Still, as I say, a masterful piece of work.

Next up in the collection is the 1972 novella "Thomas the Proclaimer." In this unique story, the God of the Bible has finally chosen to reveal Himself to modern-day mankind. He effects a bona fide miracle, stopping the Earth from rotating and moving along its orbit for a full 24 hours...and with no concomitant calamities! But this great revelation only leads to misery for humanity, as the organized religions become suspicious of God's motives and new religions begin to spring up; one even declares God to be the Devil himself! In the midst of this turmoil we encounter Thomas Davidson of Reno, a former thief and current born-again prophet, whose pleas for sanity go largely unheeded. We see the madness unfold from the viewpoints of a good half dozen characters, in this very clever tale. If I am reading Silverberg correctly, his message is a disheartening one; namely, that even if God exists and one day appeared, it would ultimately do mankind not a lot of good at all. Clearly not a huge fan of organized religions, the author gives us a scene in which a more science-minded group of believers decides to bury all articles of the various world faiths; better have an unabridged dictionary on hand to look up such words as "epitrachelion," "omophorion," "dikerotrikera" and "epigonation"! Interestingly, this novella also features a band of millennial doomsayers called the Apocalyptists, the same band that was spotlighted in Silverberg's 1968 novel "The Masks of Time"!

Finally, the collection gives us the 1971 Silverberg piece simply entitled "Going." In this extremely moving tale, my favorite of the bunch, it is the year 2095. Through medical advancements, the life span of the average human has been greatly extended, and most people live to be at least 150. Deemed a civic duty to "Go" (i.e., die) at the proper time to make way for incoming newborns, each individual must conscientiously choose the proper time for himself or herself to Go. Very much unlike the society in the author's masterful novel of 1971, "The World Inside," this human society deems it a great honor to help keep the world's population down. Whereas the '71 novel had depicted a nightmarish world of appalling overpopulation, the future world of "Going" seems almost like a paradise, and the Going routine that its central character--136-year-old composer Henry Staunt--under, uh, Goes seems as civilized as can be. Indeed, one might almost believe that this is Silverberg's idealized vision of a way to deal with the aged as they approach the end of life. Staunt decides to Go at a House of Leavetaking in the Arizona desert; a U-shaped residence somewhat similar to the U-shaped hospital that mutilated astronaut Minner Burris recuperates in, also in the desert Southwest, in the 1967 Silverberg novel "Thorns." Over the course of the novella, we are given all the facts of Staunt's long life, get to know his family, learn about his tastes, and see him adjust to his decision to Go, vacillating all the while. Ultimately, the story is somewhat sad, of course, but also life affirming; a wonderfully warm and emotional piece of futuristic sci-fi, filled with imaginative touches. As it brings the curtain down on many of its geriatric characters, it also brings down the curtain on this wonderful collection of finely written tales. Truly, three shorter pieces from one of sci-fi's best.
Robert Silverberg hasn't gotten the "star" status of Asimov, Heinlein or Herbert among science fiction writers, but his novels and novellas are surely among the best science fiction has to offer--in fact, I think his novellas supercede the genre and are examples for anyone who loves writing to study and emulate.

"Born with the Dead" is a disturbing tale about the nature of death and more so, life. Jorge, the main character, loses his young wife and is understandably unable to handle the grief. But to make matters worse, a new technique called "rekindling" allows the dead to have a sort of life after death. But they don't resume their old ways. Instead the Dead are a new culture with new ways. Jorge is a "warm" and thus shut out of this society. His lack of acceptance of change and the ultimate tragedy is a fable for all of us.

"Thomas the Proclaimer" is the weakest novella in the set, but still worthy to be read. A prophet demands, and gets, a sign from God. But sometimes proof destroys belief.

"Going" is a fine novella dealing with the acceptance of life's end and the culmination of one's work and meaning as a living member of the world. In a society where life can be prolonged indefinitely, when is enough enough? This issue, along with euthanasia, aging and medical miracles makes "Going" a worthwhile thing to read--just look at the news about medical-assisted suicide and stem cell research. Silverberg is decades ahead of his time.

Highly Recommended.
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