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Author: Robert Silverberg
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Publisher: Bantam Books; First Edition edition (1985)

The Conglomeroid Cocktail Party by Robert Silverberg



by Robert Silverberg. I am post-causal, contra-linear, pepto-modern. I had heard of her, naturally-last season’s hot debutante, making the party circuit from San Francisco to the Seychelles. But I had been going the other way last season. Suddenly she was at my elbow, a dazzling child in a blaze of cold blue fire.

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by Robert Silverberg. Publisher: Science Fiction Book Club. Country: USA. Pages: 243. Media: Hard cover book. The Conglomeroid Cocktail Party. The Far Side of the Bell-Shaped Curve. The Pope of the Chimps.

At the Conglomeroid Cocktail Party. The Trouble with Sempoanga. Our lady of the sauropods. As I pointed out in the introduction to this volume, I abandoned short-story writing in 1973 after doing Schwartz Between the Galaxies and felt only relief, no regret, at giving it up.

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Reviews: 4
Jediathain
An old favorite, brings me back! Arrived as specified, no issues!
BroWelm
This brilliant collection of short stories shows a fertile imagination. He goes places no one else has been. Highly recommended.
Atineda
Conglomeroid Cocktail Party by Robert Silverberg [SF short story collection - 12-27-2014 - 0578]

The "Conglomeroid Cocktail Party" is a collection of 16 previously published short stories by Robert Silverberg. The collection was first published in 1984 in England. It's last U.S. publication was a paperback in 1985.

I have read a substantial number of SF books but very few have been short story collections. Honestly I prefer the novel length works. I was at first reluctant to read this collection of stories that had all been previously published in magazines during the period 1980-84. Well, I have always admired Robert Silverberg and the cover painting by Jim Burns blew me away so why not. As it turned out I made a very wise decision.

To my way of thinking a SF short story has to grab your interest on the first page and convince you that it is critically important the you see how this narrative shakes out by the last page. Most of the stories meet this criteria and that in itself is high praise indeed.

On the negative side there were a couple of time-travel stories. Stories with this trope just don't work for me because the concept is so bogus and so overused - see "The Changling" and "The Far Side of the Bell Shaped Curve" and "The Man Who Floated in Time".

I have three very positive comments on this collection which justifies, in my mind at least, my five star rating:
· Silverberg's introduction is an excellent insight into how he deals with writers block and the inherent difficulty of the short story - a must read in my estimation for aspiring writers.
· There are a couple of excellent stories with a religious theme that were very thoughtful in my opinion: "The Pope of the Chimps" and "A Thousand Paces Along the Via Dolorosa".
I found several story narratives so captivating and detail rich I could only wish Silverberg would used them as a basis for a novel: "The Palace at Midnight", "The Trouble With Sempoanga", "A Thousand Paces Along the Via Dolorosa" and "Waiting for the Earthquake". What an imagination this author has!
Cemav
It is somewhat disturbing that "The Half-Blood Prince" has 3,273 reviews (and counting) while a book by a serious SF author (snapping at their heels of the Big Three) has 0. Nothing against Harry Potter, but there is overkill and there is neglect.

"The Conglomeroid Cocktail Party" is a collection of 16 short stories (copyrights 1980 to 1984), covering the genres of fantasy, horror, mainstream, but mostly SF. As one would expect with Silverberg, the stories are extremely well written. Some of the highlights are:

"The Pope of the Chimps". Coincidentally I have just watched a Jane Goodall interview in which she spoke about her belief that chimpanzees have a sense of "awe", which could lead to a primitive religion if only they had a sophisticated language. In this story it actually happens.

"How they Pass the Time in Pelpel" is not SF or fantasy, it simply is a story about a strange event in a Mexican village. I think it surpasses the stories from "Tales of the Unexpected" by Roald Dahl. Silverberg seems to have a love for Mexico, which also comes across in "Not Our Brother", a horror piece which takes place during the `Day of the Dead' celebrations.

"The Changeling" is a Twilight Zone like `switch between alternative universes' story, mostly set in Mexico (surprise!)

Silverberg also seems to have an obsession with the problems of love and time-travel, investigating it in three of the stories. "Needle in a Timestack" considers what might happen if the ex-husband of your wife attempted to change the past so that he and she would never have separated. In "Jennifer's Lover" a husband faces a rival from the future. If after this you believe that the only person you can depend on is yourself, then think again - just read "The Far Side of the Bell-Shaped Curve".

To conclude, this is a good collection, that anybody who likes short stories of the SF variety will enjoy, although I did not find all the stories equally entertaining, which is why I only give it 4 stars.