Kinnall Darival, exiled prince, risks all to spread love and the self, hoping to revert his world from a culture of self-denial and the repression of emotion.
The coming-of-age of one alien warrior, and the acculturation of one human soldier, set to the epic backdrop of recent galactic war and inter-species intrigue.
Silverberg’s magnificent tale of science-fiction post-colonialism, and an effective homage to Joseph Conrad to boot. Not to be missed.
A heavily philosophical utopian SF novel with a distinct underlying theme: if someone/something is gullible or naive, it’s one of the only likable characters in the book. A fatalistic experiment that is largely hit-or-miss, though one riddled with complexity and creativity.