"I know more than Apollo

Fort oft when he lies sleeping

I behold the starts at mortal wars

And the wounded wekin weeping."

--Tom O' Bedlam's song

Tom, like the medieval Tom O'Bedlam, can't decipher the meaning of the images plaguing his mind. Much like the wondering and mad Tom of the medieval ballad, the Tom O' Bedlam of 2103 doesn't know what to make of the images that keep cluttering his mind. To preserve the last shred of his sanity and keep these never-ending wonders a secret, he feigns insanity. But then a probe that has traveled over four light years away transmits the very pictures that have been haunting Tom's dreams.

In this post-industrial world on the verge of a total collapse, Tom has become humanity's spokesperson to the distant planet that may be his world's salvation.


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Hardback Editions

April 1986 : UK Hardback
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Title: Tom O'Bedlam
Author(s): Robert Silverberg
ISBN: 0-575-03773-3 / 978-0-575-03773-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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June 1985 : USA Hardback
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Title: Tom O'Bedlam
Author(s): Robert Silverberg
ISBN: 0-917657-31-4 / 978-0-917657-31-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Donald I. Fine
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Paperback Editions

July 2015 : USA Paperback
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Title: Tom O'Bedlam
Author(s): Robert Silverberg
ISBN: 1-5040-1429-4 / 978-1-5040-1429-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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December 2004 : UK Paperback

Title: Tom O'Bedlam (Gollancz S.F.)
Author(s): Robert Silverberg
ISBN: 0-575-07217-2 / 978-0-575-07217-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Gollancz
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June 2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: Tom O'Bedlam
Author(s): Robert Silverberg
ISBN: 1-58754-116-5 / 978-1-58754-116-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Olmstead Pr
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January 1987 : UK Paperback
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Title: Tom O'Bedlam (An Orbit book)
Author(s): Robert Silverberg
ISBN: 0-7088-3372-1 / 978-0-7088-3372-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Futura Orbit
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August 1986 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Tom O'Bedlam
Author(s): Robert Silverberg
ISBN: 0-446-34002-2 / 978-0-446-34002-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Warner Books
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Kindle Editions

July 2015 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Tom O'Bedlam
Author(s): Robert Silverberg
Publisher: Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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September 2011 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: Tom O'Bedlam (Gateway Essentials)
Author(s): Robert Silverberg
Publisher: Gateway
Availability: Amazon UK