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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (3 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert Silverberg Narrator: Jared Doreck Publisher: Infinivox Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2007 ISBN:
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House of Bones is a unique time-travel story that imbues a deep sense of satisfaction on nearly every level. It is a modest tale, recounting the unfortunate fate of the world's first and perhaps last time traveler. After a misguided test run, he's become trapped 20,000 years in the past. Unequipped for survival, his future is uncertain. What's worse, he's surrounded by people so primitive they don't even have a written language. So primitive they take in his unworthy and skill-less self and accept him into their society. This glimpse of what life might have been like for Cro-Magnon man in the late Pleistocene epoch shows us precisely why we can't judge a society by its lack of tool based technology.

Silverberg skillfully extrapolates a fascinating working culture out of what little modern archaeologists and paleoanthropologists know of these people - our ancestors - and creates in the process something to think about when using words like primitive. House of Bones is a sort of mirror image of Isaac Asimov's The Ugly Little Boy.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joel | 5/30/2009

    " I read this as a novella in a compilation in 1989. It was a reflection of humanity in what you would think would be a primitive form, but it ends up with modern man being more primitive in their thinking than Paeleolithic man. Brilliant work from Silverberg as usual. "

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About the Author
Author Robert Silverberg

Robert Silverberg’s first published story appeared in 1954 when he was a sophomore at Columbia University. Since then, he has won the prestigious Nebula Award five times and the Hugo Award five times. He has been nominated for both awards more times than any other writer. In 1999 he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, and in 2004 the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America gave him their Grand Master Award for career achievement. He remains one of the most imaginative and versatile writers in science fiction.