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Across a Billion Years by Robert Silverberg

By Robert Silverberg

2013 retail epub of a scifi classic

Journeying via house looking for relics from the previous, a motley group of explorers occurs upon an remarkable discovery

Graduate scholar Tom Rice is overjoyed to embark on his first deep-space archeological day trip. he's a part of a group from Earth, venturing out looking for artifacts from a civilization that governed the universe many millennia in the past. known as the excessive Ones, the participants of this long-gone society left tantalizing clues approximately their heritage and tradition scattered all through house. One such clue, a “message cube” containing pictures of the traditional ones, is extra attention-grabbing than the entire others mixed. it kind of feels to point that the excessive Ones aren’t extinct after all—and similar to that, Tom Rice’s archeological venture has develop into an intergalactic manhunt, one packed with ever-increasing risk that would ship the explorers hurtling headlong into the best adventure—and peril—of their lives.

This book positive aspects an illustrated biography of Robert Silverberg together with infrequent pictures and never-before-seen records from the author’s own collection.

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He never pressed his clients, but when the bill became too large, Lee cut off credit. Rather than walk into the town up the hill, the client usually paid or tried to. Lee was round-faced and courteous. He spoke a stately English without ever using the letter R. When the tong wars were going on in California, it happened now and then that Lee found a price on his head. Then he would go secretly to San Francisco and enter a hospital until the trouble blew over. What he did with his money, no one ever knew.

She had a great aunt named Hazel who was reputed to carry life insurance. The eighth child was named Hazel before the mother got it through her head that Hazel was a boy and by that time she was used to the name and never bothered to change it. Hazel grew up—did four years in grammar school, four years in reform school, and didn’t learn anything in either place. Reform schools are supposed to teach viciousness and criminality but Hazel didn’t pay enough attention. He came out of reform school as innocent of viciousness as he was of fractions and long division.

Doc pushed his rain hat on the back of his head. “We’ve got enough starfish,” he said and then went on, “Look, Hazel, I know you’ve got six or seven undersized abalones in the bottom of your sack. ” “Well—hell,” said Hazel. “Look,” Doc said kindly. “Suppose I get an order for abalones and maybe the game warden thinks I’m using my collecting permit too often. ” “Well—hell,” said Hazel. “It’s like the industrial alcohol board. They’ve got suspicious minds. They always think I’m drinking the alcohol.

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