Dying Inside (E–pub READ) Ù Robert Silverberg

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Talents as a kid and loses his ability as he ages getting frantic with time and et it s still the uestion of intimacy that each little vignette keeps coming back to The novel s scenes jump through time circling and circling back to peck at this theme diving deeper into the the problem of telepathy of suandered gifts and all the while we as readers are treated to an honestly delightful and revealing look so I assume into Robert Silverberg himself I say this because David Selig is absolutely rich with humanity being funny flawed intensely sexual I think there might be a theme here unabashedly intellectual lazy drug exploratory and an all around real guy He s just as fucked as the rest of us and there s so many things that ground him in the text so many stream of consciousness moments and so many insightful reflections that I couldn t help being utterly confoundedly impressedIt d be awesome even as a traditional fiction tale utterly mainstream but it just so happens to have telepathy In today s market this one would probably do very well and no one would blink twice There s much worse blurring of the lines out there Yeah I m looking at New Ways to Kill Your Mother: Writers and Their Families you David MitchellFor those ofou looking for one of those true classics of the SF field who want a taste without truly wanting to commit to a learning curve Cashing the Chip (Shelter, you could do much worse than read this one It might as well be a novel about a man s descent into sexual impotency of the rage and fear and embarrassment and loss of connection and identity It s just that clever that deep and that goodNominated for 73 Hugo right on the heels of the other two novels both of which were nominated for the 72 hugos both in the sameear Does anyone think that Silverberg was out to prove something during this time frame Hmmm The fact that he managed to be so prolific and write such good stuff should be a testament of anyone s real talent and my hat goes off to him Bravo I finished Dying Inside this morning and I m still not sure what to say about it Perhaps I should start by saying that I don t believe this is science fiction at all I kept looking for the science part and it just wasn t there I believe that it would have been classified as general fiction if it hadn t been written by a famous science fiction authorI have to say that I have met few fictional characters that are pathetic than David Selig He s not pathetic because he s losing his telepathic powers he s pathetic because he allows his mind reading ability to paralyze him and keep him from living Further people around him kind of sense when he s reading their minds and it makes them creeped out even though they can t explain why He is unlovable because he loathes himself He doesn t try to make anything of himself It seems that he s only had one real job in his life He sees losing his ability as losing something important Somehow I think the loss of his ability is the gain of his humanity I thought it was interesting the way Silverberg switched between first person narration and third person narration even though it was David Selig narrating the whole time It makes it uite clear that David doesn t have a clear self identity Maybe that s his ultimate problem "A Goodreads friend recently asked if Silverberg lacked the matinee firepower of Heinlein or Asimov because he had "Goodreads friend recently asked if Silverberg lacked the matinee firepower of Heinlein or Asimov because he had masterwork no centerpiece to which critics could point no one work that served as an identity Silverberg Grandmaster though he is lacks a Stranger in a Strange Land or

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or DuneI submit here to court of science fiction literature that Dying Inside is such a workDying Inside is Silverberg s 1972 science fiction fantasy classic about telepathy and so much Fundamentally this is about communication and relationships natural and artificial and one man s place in society This could be seen as an allegory about community and how we can be defined both by what we show the world and also the deeper truths that can even be and too often are hidden from ourselvesThough it lacks the overwhelming theme of gestalt I could not help comparing Silverberg s Dying Inside to Theodore Sturgeon s More Than Human f Robert Silverberg is one of science fiction all time greats there is no doubt about that in my mind He belongs up there with Asimov Clarke Heinlein etc If Tutoring Dallas you have never heard of him it would be because he is the most criminally underrated sf authors ever I have said virtually the same thing in my previous review of his book Nightwings and I will probably be saying the same 45 to 50 stars Robert Silverberg is one of those writers that has never disappointed me and Dying Inside is no exception This is often considered Silverberg s best novel and while not my personal favorite of his it is easy to see why The story is told in the first person by a telepath David Selig who is slowly losing his ability to read minds David despite his ability to read minds is almost completely isolated from the rest of society and is unable to form any close attachments He is painfully lonely andet unable or unwilling to reach out to anyone emotionallyThe writing is deeply emotional incredibly intimate and no holds barred in its depiction of the David who is shown to be a very unlikeable character for much of the story He is at times manipulative exploitive sexist racist and unable to feel any empathy for anyone this despite being able to KNOW what they are feeling In spite of all of these considerable failings Silverberg makes us FEEL for David and hope for him to be able to find happiness This is the true genius of Silverberg This is an incredible book about isolation and feelings of loneliness and one that will stay with ou long after the book is over HIGHEST POSSIBLE RECOMMENDATION Nominee Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction NovelNominee Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction NovelNominee Locus Award for Best Science Fiction NovelVoted 33 on Locus All Time Best science fiction novels pre 1990 DYING INSIDE is a great character study from an outstanding author Robert Silverber. G's masterwork Dying Inside is a vivid harrowing portrait of a man who suandered a remarkable gift of a superman who had to learn what it was to be huma.
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Ovels to come from Silverberg s most creative phase and well worth our time 375 starsI felt like the telepath the mind reader the voyeur while reading this novel Silverberg sucked me in to the mind of David Selig so completely that I had to force myself to take a break from the book after hours of voracious reading to come up for air and perspective It appears to be the autobiography of a telepath but reads like a confession of mind crimes social ineptness and stunted maturity He fears his gift is fading and dying and he flops impotently against the impinging silence Silverberg succeeded in evoking many emotions from me with David Selig s monologue frustration depression outrage compassion I m not sure what I was expecting when I started reading this novel It is definitely not traditional science fiction but it is very well written keeping my attention almost exclusively the entire weekend And for once I did not read the Foreward until I finished the book It contained information that would have spoiled the experience of Dying Inside with David Selig Dying Inside is a sterling example of 70s New Wave science fiction it is about a telepath whose powers are fading dude is a miserable depressive asshole who whines endlessly about his life the endwait a sec maybe that sounds like a bad read to La deshumanización del arte you well my friend let me tellou throw that impression away this is a marvelous book from beginning to end it is thought provoking often delightful often hard edged completely enjoyable Silverberg is such a masterful writer and many times i had to stop and reread different passages to better enjoy the beauty of his prose and the intelligence of his ideas that sharp wit the story is never monotonous and always resonant LOVED ITit is an episodic novel moving freely from past to present and back again we meet our not so loveable narrator David Selig his child psychologist his girlfriends his sister and the rest of his family and a fellow telepath our loser ish hero makes his marginal living ghost writing papers for college students so there are several anecdotes where we see inside a couple students minds our hero is an unrepentant jerkoff so we also get to read his often excruciating views on women and blacks his thoughts on black empowerment were particularly troubling we are shown a couple of his essays one on Kafka and the other on the Electra complex and they are fairly interesting as standalones and as commentary on the narrative itself each chapter is its own separate challenging wonderful little experience my favorite parts include a dry and rather evil session with our child protagonist as he toys with an overly literal child psychologist an exceedingly creepy and effective bad trip i think we can safely assume that telepathy does not improve LSD and best of all a brilliant flashback to our lonely telepath s outh as he relaxes in a field moving through the perspectives of a bee a fish two kids getting laid in a forest and a surprisingly spiritual old farmerof particular interest is the the novel s other telepath the "Confident Capable Cheerfully Guilt Free "capable cheerfully guilt free the chapters about the relationship between the two are particularly illuminating in illustrating how Selig s main problem is not so much his telepathy but his fear of openness of genuine human connection Selig s problems do not come from his gifts but rather from his own neuroses and so the narrative is basically an accounting of how Selig grows to understand his own issues and then tries to move past themin his many other fantasy scifi novels Silverberg has proven himself a visionary master of often hallucinatory prose his ideas can be sublimely poetic so ambiguous as to be almost intangible so far reaching that they can be a real challenge to digest one of the really fun things about Dying Inside is seeing how Silverberg harnesses his talents for what is basically the prosaic diary like musings of a not that special guy with some very special powers Dying Inside is bursting with creativity as if the author is illustrating how stories can be told in ways that are new fresh effervescent Selig is mordant jumpy neurotic and highly sexual by turns cynical and empathetic and hilarious his narration is often a real treat and the free flowing occasionally stream of conscious thoughts have a chatty relaxed loose limbed kind of appeal that makes the novel smooth et tangy going down and it s not just the distinctive nakedly honest narrative voice that makes this novel so appealing many chapters practically overflow with playful jazzy approaches to style and structure and there are plenty of sophisticated insights delivered both broadly and in deadpan Silverberg s generous imagination busts the seams of the narrative the result is a refreshing tonic Nyuist PAUSING A MOMENT TO DETECT AND ISOLATE SELIG S a moment to detect and isolate Selig s of uneasiness mocked it gently I think what really scares ou is contact any sort of contact Right Wrong Selig said but he had felt the point hit home For five minutes they monitored each other s minds a version of this review is a part of a longer article on Robert Silverberg posted on Shelf Inflicted Strangely enough I found this one a real treat to read It might have something to do with the fact that I read A Time of Changes The World Inside and it all within the same day somewhat in spirit of how damn uick Silverberg wrote these great classics And because I read them all back to back I found that being this familiar with the artist s text made al three books flow like water common themes kissing intimately and oh so sexually Like connection Basic human connection The first novel revelled in the breaking down of the barriers of self The second novel for all it s permissive sex alienated everyone from deep and meaningful interactions And then the the third David Selig a powerful telepath living in the Baby Boomer generation here on earth even with the gift to break through could never uite make the bridge of intimacyIs it a tragedy Yes He suanders his. E soul With reckless abandon he used his talent in the pursuit of pleasure Then one day his power began to die Universally acclaimed as Robert Silverber. ,
The sensory shutdown is not always a willed event naturally It happens to us whether we like it or not If we don t climb into the box ourselves we ll get shoved in anyway That s what I mean about entropy inevitably nailing us all in the long run No matter how vital how vigorous how world devouring we are the inputs dwindle as time goes by Sight hearing touch smell everything goes as good old Will S said and we end up sans teeth sans eyes sans tastes sans everything Or as the most clever man also put it from hour to hour we ripe and ripe and then from hour to hour we rot and rot and thereby hangs a taleDavid Selig was born with telepathic abilities As he ages he finds that as his hair goes as his other senses dim in intensity so goes his telepathic ability He has always hated being different but when faced with the possibility of losing this ability that has always made him feel abnormal he panics To me David is an early form of GOOGLE He doesn t have to know anything because he can simply extract the information he needs from the collected knowledge of other people the internet When he takes a test to become a stock broker he finds the answers in the minds of the people around him He is a lonely man and et never alone His entertainment is the thoughts of the people around him I find my own company wearisome when I descend into self pity To divert myself I try to touch the minds of the passers by and learn what I can learn Playing my old game my only game Selig the voyeur the soul vampire ripping off the intimacies of innocent strangers to cheer his chilly heartDavid makes a living writing term papers for college students He uses his ability to probe their minds for the proper vernacular in which the paper must be written to lend authenticity to the plagiarized finished product He goes to a lot of work for 250 a page especially when he has a goldmine waiting to be exploited in his head David if he could get passed his own obsession with self pity and exploit his ability for financial gain at least one part of his life would be easier He makes friends with a fellow telepathic named Nyuist who is much at peace with his abilities and uses his ability to steal stock tips from brokers that can be sold to shady investors The trouble with The Sceptics of the Old Testament you Selig is thatou re a deeply religious man who doesn t happen to believe in God Nyuist was always saying things like that and Selig never could be sure whether he meant them or was just playing verbal games No matter how deeply Selig penetrated the other man s soul he never could be sure of anything Nyuist was too wily too elusiveIt is easy for David to get laid not only is the sexual revolution of the 1960s in full swing but he knows what he needs to know to say the right things I scored a cheap pickup in a manner I ve always despised I scanned the various single girls in the big restaurant of whom there were numerous looking for one who was lonely thwarted vulnerable sexually permissive and in generally urgent need of ego reinforcement It s no trick getting laid if ou have a sure way of knowing who is available but there s not much sport in the chasethe trick is maintaining relationships his the chaseThe trick is maintaining relationships His hates him His ex girlfriends despise him His best friend Nyuist steals the one girl he feels he could love for the rest of his life little knowing he was driving her insane There are a plethora of literary allusions through out the book November is the cruelest month breeding onions out of a dead mind I m living an "Eliot Poem I M Turning "poem I m turning words on a page Robert SilverbergSilverberg has been a lifetime voracious reader and it shows He mentions poetsDante Alighieri Charles Baudelaire Robert Browning Thomas Carew Richard Crashaw John Donne T S Eliot Allen Ginsberg Johann Wolfgang Goethe Homer Rudyard Kipling Comte de Lautr amont St phane Mallarm Pindar Ezra Pound Arthur Rimbaud Lord Tennyson Thomas Traherne Paul Verlaine W B YeatsHe mentions paintersHieronymus Bosch Simone de Beauvoir S ren Kierkegaard Arthur Koestler Laozi Claude L vi Strauss Karl Marx Michel de Montaigne Bertrand Russell Henry David Thoreau Arnold ToynbeeHe mentions scientistsAlfred Adler William Bates Edgar Cayce Sigmund Freud Josiah Willard Gibbs Carl Jung Timothy Leary Wilhelm Reich Joseph Banks Rhine Immanuel Velikovsky Norbert Wiener Karl ZenerA book that had me speculating about what I would do with such an ability time traveling me back to the days when I read comic books and dreamed about having abnormal abilities David fought against his ability clear up until the first signs appeared that he may lose it and then he fought like crazy to keep it Some will find this book dated It was published in 1972 but I found it to be a time capsule a historical document of not only a place but also where we were politically and socially A uick read and et profound with bottomless depthIf anyone has recommendations as to other Robert Silverberg s I should read Please share The First Edition I was fortunate to find Dying Inside is likely the most powerful SF tale of a telepath losing his powers that has ever been written and is reuired reading for anyone wanting a taste of the best of New Wave SF from the early 1970s much better than Daniel Keyes Flowers of Algernon in my opionion It is also extremely personal and autobiographical since 1970s much better than Daniel Keyes Flowers of Algernon in my opionion It is also extremely personal and autobiographical since s prodigious output of the late 1960s was starting to slow down Regardless of how far we should read into protagonist David Selig s brilliant lonely frustrated and troubled psyche it is undeniable that Silverberg has presented one of the most unflinchingly honest portrayals of someone losing their creative powersI also loved the detailed depiction of the social and academic scene of New York in the 1960 70s which must overlap with Silverberg s real life to some extent It s amazing how much sex and mind altering drugs people did during that period was it really like that Or perhaps nobody wants to own up to it Either way this book is easily one of the most impressive David Selig was born with an awesome power the ability to look deep into the human heart to probe the darkest truths hidden in the secret recesses of th.

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