"In November 1859, 1,250 copies of a book called The Origin of Species appeared for sale in British bookshops and were all sold in a single day. The author was Charles Darwin. The book created perhaps the greatest controversy in scientific history. "


from: Man Before Adam
©1964, Robert Silverberg

The Valley of Neander

by Robert Silverberg


The year was 1676, and a young German theologian named Joachim Neumann was in trouble....


Robert Silverberg's article The Valley of Neander, (©1964 in Man Before Adam), about Darwin, the origin of species, and Neanderthals, published as the Afterword to Silverberg, Greenberg and Waugh's (1987) collection of short stories, "Neanderthals: Isaac Asimov's Wonderful Worlds of Science Fiction #6," was available here until November 17, 2003, when it was removed in response to an email from Dr. Andrew Burt, Universtiy of Denver, Vice President of the SFWA (Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.), Chairman of the ePiracy Committee, who wrote in part that

"Bob [Silverberg] has in particular asked that I see his work removed, and I am thus asking on his behalf that you remove it immediately. (Since some pirates are rather willful in their disregard for authors, I would just note that if you don't remove it cooperatively we will have to pursue this through the legal means available, and I would note that the penalties provided in Title 17 of the US Code [the copyright law] range as high as a million dollar fine and ten years imprisonment, so I do hope you won't force us to go that route.)"

The SFWA maintains that "E-theft occurs when a party, without authorization from the copyright owner, makes an electronic copy of a work, and causes it to be available to others." They urge that "If you know of a pirate Web site or some other case of e-piracy, please send details..."

It is not my intention to post anything at this site against the wishes of its author, and I have removed the article under the assumption that Dr. Burt has reliably transmitted Robert Silverberg's desire to have his explanation of scientific developments of the 19th century removed from free public access on the web.

Stephen Trussel