Speculative fiction is a broad umbrella category of narrative fiction referring to any fiction story that includes elements, settings and characters whose features are created out of imagination and speculation rather than based on attested reality and everyday life. That encompasses the genres of science fiction, fantasy, science fantasy, horror, alternative history, and magic realism.
From one of the masters of SF comes this new collection of stories, all set on his most famous creation - the world of Majipoor.
A massive world of adventure, romance and danger. A place where dreams
can soothe the restless or flay the minds of the guilty. Where humans,
aliens and natives live in a shifting, uneasy alliance and where two
great men rule over all. No matter who bears the title, there is always a
Coronal and a Pontifex, forever miles apart, forever striving to
maintain the balance of their far-flung civilisation.
Here, collected for the first time, are the final tales of Majipoor.
From the earliest legends of the Shapeshifters to an untold mystery late
in the reign of Valentine Pontifex, the seven stories in this
collection expand upon and flesh out the remarkable world that Robert
Silverberg has created. Spanning a decade of writing from one of the
masters of science-fiction, this collection is both a fantastic
introduction for those new to Majipoor and a welcome return for those
who have visited before.