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First edition
AuthorRobert Silverberg
Cover artistBruce Jensen
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
PublisherBantam Spectra
Publication date
June 1996
Media typePrint (Hardcover and Paperback)

Starborne is a 1996 science fiction novel by American writer Robert Silverberg, an expansion of his 1973 story "Ship-Sister, Star-Sister".

Plot summary[edit]

Fifty men and women set out on the Wotan to discover new habitable worlds and break free of a stagnant utopia. They are connected with Earth via a telepathic link between a crew member and her sister. However, the link is broken, stranding the Wotan far from home, where they encounter an alien presence and begin to reconsider their assumptions about life and death and the universe.

Literary significance and reception[edit]

Reviews of the novel were mixed: Publishers Weekly praised Silverberg's "compelling prose" but faulted its "meandering and talky" execution.[1]

Kirkus Reviews found it "another polished and agreeable presentation" but ultimately felt that the scenario was "overly familiar."[2]


  1. ^ "Fiction Review: Starborne by Robert Silverberg". Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 2013-03-02.
  2. ^ "Starborne". Kirkus Reviews. Retrieved 2013-03-02.