Robert Silverberg has been writing essays about science fiction for over 50 years. The first collection of his essays, Reflections and Refractions was published by Underwood Books in 1997. This second collection of essays published from 1995 to 2010 reveals a contemplative Silverberg who tries to give a Long View of Science Fiction and its best writers. Silverberg writes marvelous essays about Poul Anderson, Cordwainer Smith, Henry Kuttner (and C. L. Moore), Murray Leinster, Avram Davidson, and William Tenn. Dozens of other writers are referenced in 80 essays collected in Musings and Meditations. Silverberg even includes 13 essays on how to write science fiction! If you have any interest in the science fiction genre, then you’ll find much to appreciate in Robert Silverberg’s thoughtful essays. And, almost by osmosis, you’ll want to drop everything and read some of Robert Silverberg’s fine fiction. I did.