Robert Silverberg’s Reflections: October 2016

17 October 2016



‘Where Silverberg goes today, the rest of science fiction will follow tomorrow’

Isaac Asimov


Reflections is a regular column by multi-award-winning SFWA Grandmaster Robert Silverberg, in which he will offer his thoughts on science fiction, literature and the world at large.

This month: ‘Magical Thinking’

Isaac Asimov, for whom this magazine was named and who was my predecessor as writer of this column (This column originally appeared in Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine and is reprinted here courtesy of the author – Ed.), was a totally rational man with no belief whatever in matters supernatural. That didn’t stop him from writing the occasional fantasy story or from editing a long series of anthologies with such titles as Devils, Ghosts, Spells,and Magical Wishes. But those were done for his private intellectual amusement, not out of any belief in such phenomena.


You can read the rest of the column here, and find Robert Silverberg’s eBooks here – including Reflections and Refractions, a collection of his non-fiction columns. Please note: each column will remain on the site for one month only.

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