Star of Gypsies Author:Robert Silverberg From the author of Tom O'Bedlam and the "Majipoor Trilogy," Star of Gypsies is Robert Silverberg's most ambitious work to date, set in the year 3159 but ranging over scores of centuries and thousands of light years — After having fallen from power, the Gypsies have regained their ancient legendary position as the true royalty of mankind, a suprem... more »e race of people who demonstrate their power by their ability to rove freely through time and space, adopting new identities as they choose, entering any period they desire and ultimately rearranging the events of history so that their destinies unfold as they believe they ought to.
The story is told by the Gypsy King, Yakoub, who is old and wise and bawdy. He has been in slavery on three planets, subjected to every manner of indignity and suffering. Now, having at last come into his own as master of the entire human race, he tells of his long life, his many loves and his travels from world to world. Interspersed between Yakoubs recollections are scenes from the present that show him trying to wrest back his crown from his usurping son. To that end, the Gypsy King calls on the same craft and cunning that led him to his exalted position, achieving in the process the realization of his life's dream - to return to Romany Star, the legendary home of the Gypsies.
With cosmic irony and rampany inventiveness, Star of Gypsies hurtles to a triumphant denouement that sees a once-dispossessed and scorned people become masters of a galactic dominion, led by one of the most charismatic characters in fiction - past, present and future. Yakoub, King of the Gypsies.« less