Universe 2 (Silverberg anthology)

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Universe 2
Universe 2-1992 cover.jpg
Cover of first edition
EditorsRobert Silverberg and Karen Haber
Cover artistJean-François Podevin
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
PublisherBantam Books
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardcover)
Pagesxv, 397
Preceded byUniverse 1 
Followed byUniverse 3 

Universe 2 is an anthology of original science fiction short stories edited by Robert Silverberg and Karen Haber, the second volume in a series of three, continuing an earlier series of the same name edited by Terry Carr. It was first published in hardcover Bantam Books and trade paperback by Bantam Spectra in March 1992.[1]

The book collects twenty-two novelettes and short stories by various science fiction authors, together with an introduction by Silverberg.



Kirkus Reviews rates the anthology "[a]bout average overall, with new ideas few and far between and a stale writers'-workshop air hanging over much of the proceedings." Singled out as "[s]ome of the more intriguing entries" are "a murder mystery set aboard a Mars shuttle (Cary James); an alien contact/transcendence tale (Carolyn Gilman); absorbing xenology from Paula May; three more peculiar yet stimulating enigmas, courtesy of the redoubtable Brian W. Aldiss; and a witty parody of Tom Godwin's famous story, "The Cold Equations" (Deborah Wessel)."[2]


The anthology placed fourth in the 1993 Locus Poll Award for Best Anthology.