Book Review of Hawksbill Station

Hawksbill Station
Hawksbill Station
Author: Robert Silverberg
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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I first read this back in the day and remembered it as an interesting story with a good premise - a future civilization sends its criminals, mostly political, back in time to the Cambrian age when the only life is sealife and a bit of moss and the whole planet is basically rock and water. In this way the government won't have to execute them but they're permanently out of the way. Neat and bloodless. But it seems terribly dated to me now and not interesting on the character level nor credible in its population mix. I wound up skimming it.

The copy I have has a way different cover than the illustration - much more evocative.