Son of Man by Robert Silverberg

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The classic science fiction novel, now back in print

1972 Locus Poll Award nominee, best SF novel

there was no Brooklyn, no St. Louis, no Shakespeare, no moon, no hunger, no death...

IN THE BEGINNING... there were no real men, no real women, nothing but dispassionately passionate ambisexuals of the lowest and highest order...

the heavens, the seas and the Earth belonged to more intelligent species than a man called Clay could ever have dreamed possible in his own time.

But his own time as a man had passed, and now his time as the son of man had come!

Clay is a man from the 20th Century who is somehow caught up in a time-flux and transported into a distant future. The earth and the life on it have changed beyond recognition. Even the human race has evolved into many different forms, now coexisting on the planet. The seemingly omnipotent Skimmers, the tyrannosaur-like Eaters, the sedentary Awaiters, the squid-like Breathers, the Interceders, the Destroyers—all of these are "Sons of Man". Befriended and besexed by the Skimmers, Clay goes on a journey which takes him around the future earth and into the depths of his own soul. He is human, but what does that mean?

About Robert Silverberg

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Robert Silverberg has won five Nebula Awards, four Hugo Awards, and the prestigious Prix Apollo. He is the author of more than one hundred science fiction and fantasy novels. Author website:
Published August 5, 2010 by Pyr. 226 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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SF ~Silverberg's 1971 novel follows a man named Clay, who is propelled into the future to find an Earth where the human race has evolved into several species with different names who collectively call themselves ""Sons of Man."" Clay takes up with the dominant Skimmers for a journey that makes hi...

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SF Site

You could say that Son of Man is an artifact of its period, a remarkable, heady, head-trippy plunge into a new way of writing sf, and into a new way of thinking, especially thinking about things that, until that moment, sf had not much considered.

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Fantasy Literature

He sees heads without men….” Anyway, most of the book is like that (you should get a load of what Clay sees in that hallucinatory desert!), and whether the author has any grander design than engendering sheer wonder and that elusive sense of cosmic awe, I’m not certain.

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Grasping For The Wind

The story then moves on into several spontaneous ejaculations from Clay, as well as many sexual encounters between Clay, Hanmer, and Hanmer’s five friends.

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Fiction Reviews

Son of Man is best described as science fantasy (rather than as SF per se), but the label means nothing, given that any SF novel dealing with the far future can be similarly defined.

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The Zone

The more grounded and humanist Stapledon, of Odd John and Sirius, a writer of considerably greater emotional content (especially in the very moving latter novel), lies elsewhere - and is elsewhere in Silverberg's work.

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