The Longest Way Home by Robert Silverberg

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One of the most renowned and respected literary artists in the field of science fiction, Robert Silverberg transports us once again to a spectacular, deftly conceived world in transition -- and propels us on a remarkable odyssey of survival and self-discovery.

The Longest Way HomeThe Folk were first to arrive on this faraway planet, pushing aside the docile, intelligent aboriginal races they encountered. The 'Masters "followed to subjugate the careless, complacent fellow humans who preceded them here. And so it has remained for ages...

Fifteen-year-old Joseph Master Keilloran has known only privilege, respect, and civility. Born to take over the reins of House Keilloran when he comes of age, he awakens one night in the Great House of distant relatives to the thunder of battle -- a terrifying din that has not been heard on this peaceful world since the original Conquest. All around him are devastation and death, as the local Folk rise up to wreak vengeance on the unsuspecting, unprepared Masters. With the aid of a stillfaithful servant, Joseph barely escapes with his life. But now he is stranded and alone 10,000 miles from his home.

Damned by his birth and class -- surrounded by enemies who would kill him if they found him -- Joseph must now embark on a journey of unimaginable distance toward a home that may also already be in ruins. His odyssey will be more terrible -- and more wondrous -- than he ever imagined, as a world he was kept sheltered from comes alive before him. Venturing deep into the lives and cultures of remarkable Indigene peoples -- driven to hunt, scratch, and scheme for his survival -- a resourceful young Master mill be created anew as he is forced to reassess his homeworld and his place in it. Despite what is waiting for him at the finish, nothing here will ever be the same again. And Joseph will become a man before his long journey ends.

 

About Robert Silverberg

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Philip Wylie (1902-71) is the author of "Gladiator" and the coauthor of "When Worlds Collide," both available in Bison Books editions. Acclaimed science-fiction writer Robert Silverberg is the recipient of many awards, including the prestigious Hugo and Nebula awards, and the Grand Master designation from the Science Fiction Writers of America, the highest science-fiction honor available. He is the author of "Lord Valentine's Castle,
 
Published January 1, 2002 by Gollancz. 224 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Centuries ago, the tall, thin, technologically advanced Masters invaded and subdued the squat, muscular Folk of Homeworld, parceling out the planet into huge estates and pressing the Folk into service while the intelligent native Indigenes remained aloof and indifferent.

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Destined to rule over an estate of Folk—a race he knew to be gentle, hardworking and not overly bright—15-year-old Joseph, one of the noble race of Masters, has left his home in the south to visit cousins in the north continent, High Manza, of a future Earth known as the Mother World.

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Joseph is taken back to a "purer" time, as the Folk have blocked his access to the technological advances of the time.

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