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Title: The Pardoner's Tale Title Record # 58627
Author: Robert Silverberg
Date: 1987-06-00
Type: SHORTFICTION
Length: short story
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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Other Titles

Translations
Year Language Title
1988
  • Translated by Nataša Đukić
Serbian
Priča Slobodara?Prica Slobodara
Pricha Slobodara
1988Translated by Karl-Ulrich Burgdorf and Markus Bradter
German Die Geschichte des Ablaßverkäufers
1989Translated by Jacques Chambon.
French Le rémissionnaire
1998Translated by Delio Zinoni
Italian Il racconto del venditore di indulgenze

Awards

Place Year and Award Category
13 1988 Locus Best Short Story

Publications

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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog ID Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
Playboy, June 1987 1987-06-00 ed. Alice K. Turner Playboy Enterprises, Inc.  
$3.50?$: US dollar
 
quarto?8.5" by 11" magazine, usually saddle-stapled, instead of side-stapled or glued
mag Checkmark
Alef, #8 1988-03-00 ed.
Boban Knežević?Boban Knezevic
Dnevnik  
Din 900?Din: Serbian and Yugoslavian dinar
132
A5?14.8 cm by 21 cm or 5.8" by 8.3" magazine, used by some UK and European magazines
mag Chris Achilleos Checkmark
The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fifth Annual Collection 1988-05-00 ed. Gardner Dozois St. Martin's Press 0-312-01854-1
$12.95?$: US dollar
xxv+
678
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: Fifth Annual Collection 1988-05-00 ed. Gardner Dozois St. Martin's Press 0-312-01853-3
$19.95?$: US dollar
xxv+
678
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Alan Gutierrez Checkmark
The 1988 Annual World's Best SF 1988-06-00 ed. Arthur W. Saha, Donald A. Wollheim DAW Books (DAW Collectors #747) 0-88677-281-8 / UE2281
$3.50?$: US dollar
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 Blair Wilkins Checkmark
The 1988 Annual World's Best SF 1988-06-00 ed. Arthur W. Saha, Donald A. Wollheim DAW Books (DAW Collectors #747) 0-88677-281-8 / UE2281
C$4.50?C$: Canadian dollar
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 Blair Wilkins Checkmark
World's Best SF 7 1988-07-00 ed. Arthur W. Saha, Donald A. Wollheim
Bastei Lübbe?Bastei Luebbe
(Bastei Lübbe Science Fiction Special #24108)
3-404-24108-8
DM 9.80?DM: German (Deutsche) mark
364+
[2]
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 Joe Bergeron Checkmark
The 1988 Annual World's Best SF 1988-08-00 ed. Arthur W. Saha, Donald A. Wollheim DAW Books / SFBC 13627
$4.98?$: US dollar
ix+
244
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Richard Powers Checkmark
Best New SF 2 1988-09-00 ed. Gardner Dozois Robinson 0-948164-78-6
£11.95?£: UK pound
xxv+
678
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Ian Craig Checkmark
Best New SF 2 1988-09-00 ed. Gardner Dozois Robinson 0-948164-77-8
£5.95?£: UK pound
xxv+
678
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 Ian Craig Checkmark
Compagnons secrets 1989-05-00 Robert Silverberg
Denoël?Denoel
(
Présence du Futur?Presence du Futur
#490)
2-207-30490-6   346
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 Sato Yamamoto  
The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg, Volume 1: Secret Sharers 1992-11-00 Robert Silverberg Bantam Spectra 0-553-37068-5
$12.50?$: US dollar
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
$25.00?$: US dollar
xv+
546
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll A. I. R. Studio, Inc. Checkmark
The Secret Sharer 1993-05-00 Robert Silverberg Grafton (The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg #2) 0-586-21370-8
£5.99?£: UK pound
395
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 Year's Best Science Fiction: Fifth Annual Collection 1994-06-00 ed. Gardner Dozois St. Martin's Press 0-312-01854-1
$15.95?$: US dollar
xxv+
678
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  
Hackers 1996-10-00 ed. Jack Dann, Gardner Dozois Ace Books 0-441-00375-3
$5.50?$: US dollar
239
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 Sharmen Liao Checkmark
Cyber-Killers 1997-06-00 ed. Ric Alexander Millennium / Orion 0-7528-0980-6
£9.99?£: UK pound
vii+
408
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  
Cyber-Killers 1997-06-00 ed. Ric Alexander Millennium / Orion 0-7528-0783-8
£16.99?£: UK pound
viii+
408
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
Cyber-Killers 1998-05-00 ed. Ric Alexander Orion 0-7528-1633-0
£6.99?£: UK pound
ix+
540
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 Checkmark
La macchina che uccide 1998-12-15 ed. Ric Alexander Mondadori (Millemondi (quarterly) #18)  
Lit 9,900?Lit: Italian lira
352
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 Franco Brambilla  
Voile vers Byzance 2003-04-00 Robert Silverberg Flammarion (Imagine) 2-08-068254-7
€25.00?€: Euro
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
$21.25?$: US dollar
 
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
$65.00?$: US dollar
426
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
The Collected Stories of Robert Silverberg, Volume Six: Multiples: 1983-87 2011-09-30 Robert Silverberg Subterranean Press 978-1-59606-402-7
$35.00?$: US dollar
426
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Checkmark
Multiples 2012-12-07 Robert Silverberg Gateway / Orion 978-0-575-10669-7
£4.99?£: UK pound
 
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
$18.95?$: US dollar
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
$2.99?$: US dollar
 
ebook?Used for all electronic formats, including but not limited to EPUB, eReader, HTML, iBook, Mobipocket, and PDF.
coll  
Hackers 2013-07-15 ed. Jack Dann, Gardner Dozois Baen 978-1-62579-147-4
$4.99?$: US dollar
 
ebook?Used for all electronic formats, including but not limited to EPUB, eReader, HTML, iBook, Mobipocket, and PDF.
anth  
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