I’ve never read anything by Robert Silverberg, but you can only hang with the serious scifi/fantasy for so long before you begin to see his name crop up.
At some point in the past few months, I acquired a copy of Downward to the Earth, a scifi story presumably about alien elephants or some such.
It’s not a terribly long book, so on a whim I added it to my commute bag. Now I’m a little more than halfway through, and I’m not yet sure what I think of it.
This morning I reached a chilling scene. I think the story has been growing on me, and stuff like this can stick:
Reminiscent of Alien, no? Written almost a decade earlier, though. Of course I’m sure this must be an older idea, inspired by horrible creatures that exist in our own reality. But still, pretty compelling.