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Title: Against Babylon Title Record # 42599
Author: Robert Silverberg
Date: 1986-05-00
Type: SHORTFICTION
Length: novelette
Language: English
Note: Silverberg states in The Best of Robert Silverberg: Stories of Six Decades that he used three prior stories, renaming the characters, as the basis for the The Alien Years (1998): "Against Babylon" (1986) - almost entirely as opening chapters; "Hannibal's Elephants" (1988) - small piece in one of the early sequences; and "The Pardoner's Tale" (1987) - nearly all in later part of book. He also states that he later carved out three new stories from the novel: "Beauty in the Night" (1997), "On the Inside" (1998), and "The Colonel in Autumn" (1998).
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Translations
Year Language Title
1987Translated by uncredited
Dutch Tegen Babel
1987Translated by Karin Koch.
German Wider Babylon
1989Translated by Pierre K. Rey, revised by Jacques Chambon in the 2003 Flammarion edition.
French Contre Babylone

Awards

Place Year and Award Category
18 1987 Locus Best Novelette

Publications

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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog ID Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
Omni, May 1986 1986-05-00 ed. Ellen Datlow, Gurney Williams, III Omni Publications International Ltd. 0149-8711 $3.00 152
bedsheet?8.5" by 11.25" magazines, e.g. early issues of Amazing; or the 1942-43 issues of Astounding.
mag Eugene Cernan Checkmark
De beste science fiction verhalen van het jaar 1987-00-00 ed. Donald A. Wollheim Loeb 90-6213-610-9   330
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Tony Roberts Checkmark
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourth Annual Collection 1987-05-00 ed. Gardner Dozois St. Martin's Press 0-312-00710-8 $11.95 xxi+
602
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Alan Gutierrez Checkmark
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fourth Annual Collection 1987-05-00 ed. Gardner Dozois St. Martin's Press 0-312-00709-4 $19.95 xxi+
602
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Alan Gutierrez Checkmark
The 1987 Annual World's Best SF 1987-06-00 ed. Arthur W. Saha, Donald A. Wollheim DAW Books (DAW Collectors #711) 0-88677-203-6 / UE2203 $3.95 303
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Tony Roberts Checkmark
The 1987 Annual World's Best SF 1987-06-00 ed. Arthur W. Saha, Donald A. Wollheim DAW Books 0-88677-203-6 / UE2203 C$4.95 303
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Tony Roberts Checkmark
The 1987 Annual World's Best SF 1987-07-00 ed. Arthur W. Saha, Donald A. Wollheim DAW Books / SFBC 11115 $4.98 ix+
271
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Richard Powers Checkmark
World's Best SF 6 1987-07-00 ed. Arthur W. Saha, Donald A. Wollheim
Bastei Lübbe?Bastei Luebbe
(Bastei Lübbe Science Fiction Special #24096)
3-404-24096-0 DM 8.80 378
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth David B. Mattingly Checkmark
The Mammoth Book of Best New Science Fiction 1987-08-00 ed. Gardner Dozois Robinson 0-948164-31-X £4.95 615
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Checkmark
The Mammoth Book of Best New Science Fiction 1987-08-00 ed. Gardner Dozois Robinson 0-948164-50-6 £10.95 615
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Pavane au fil du temps 1989-06-15 Robert Silverberg J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #2631) 2-277-22631-9   350
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Michelangelo Miani Checkmark
Pluto in the Morning Light 1992-05-00 Robert Silverberg Grafton (The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg #1) 0-586-21369-4 £6.99 396
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll John Howe Checkmark
The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg, Volume 1: Secret Sharers 1992-11-00 Robert Silverberg Bantam Spectra 0-553-37068-5 $12.50 xv+
546
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll A. I. R. Studio, Inc. Checkmark
The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg, Volume 1: Secret Sharers 1992-11-00 Robert Silverberg Bantam Spectra 0-553-08996-X $25.00 xv+
546
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll A. I. R. Studio, Inc. Checkmark
Omni Visions Two 1994-07-00 ed. Ellen Datlow OMNI Books 0-87455-308-3 $10.00 vi+
222
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Gervasio Gallardo  
Voile vers Byzance 2003-04-00 Robert Silverberg Flammarion (Imagine) 2-08-068254-7 €25.00 755
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Pictor  
Voile vers Byzance 2005-12-00 Robert Silverberg J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #7845) 2-290-34865-1   955
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll  
The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg Volume 1 Secret Sharers 2009-11-00 Robert Silverberg Spectra / Ballantine Books 978-0-307-57306-3 $21.25  
ebook?Used for all electronic formats, including but not limited to EPUB, eReader, HTML, iBook, Mobipocket, and PDF.
coll Checkmark
The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg, Volume Six: Multiples: 1983-87 2011-09-30 Robert Silverberg Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-402-7 $35.00 426
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Checkmark
The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg, Volume Six: Multiples: 1983-87 2011-09-30 Robert Silverberg Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-402-7 $65.00 426
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
Multiples 2012-12-07 Robert Silverberg Gateway / Orion 978-0-575-10669-7 £4.99  
ebook?Used for all electronic formats, including but not limited to EPUB, eReader, HTML, iBook, Mobipocket, and PDF.
coll  
Multiples: 1983-87 2013-06-06 Robert Silverberg Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-625-0 $18.95 432
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll  
Multiples 2013-06-16 Robert Silverberg Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-628-1 $2.99  
ebook?Used for all electronic formats, including but not limited to EPUB, eReader, HTML, iBook, Mobipocket, and PDF.
coll  
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