The Roman Empire never fell. Driven by political ambition and internal dissent, thrown into turmoil by rebellion and civil war, it changed and adapted, but it never fell. The balance of power between Byzantium in the east and Rome in the west ebbed and flowed, but the Empire never fell. And it continued to expand, taking in the New World, while still dominating the old. This ambitious and accomplished vel explores fifteen hundred years of alternate Roman history through the very human stories of some of those who lived through it: the soldier encountering the exoticism of the New World for the first time; the mir official exiled to Arabia for some misdemeaur whose meeting with a religious fanatic may have changed the course of history; the military hero seizing his destiny; the incent British aristocrat witnessing the destruction of the royal family; the children who find the last emperor in a decaying wood are all vividly and memorably portrayed. Roma Eterna takes it's place among the great alternate histories.
Robert Silverberg was born in 1935 and began to write while studying for his BA at Columbia University, publishing his first short story in 1954. He is one of the most prolific of all SF writers and among his many fine novels are Tower of Glass, Dying Inside, Downward to the Earth, Thorns, Shadrach in the Furnace and The Stochastic Man