By Stephen Goldin
A misplaced vintage of technology fiction.
Birk Aaland is a political outcast from Earth's tyranny, and has been residing for years on a planet inhabited completely via robots, ever due to the fact his send crashed here.
Now one other send has crashed, and there's back a unmarried survivor—a girl who's desirous to warn Earth of an alien invasion.
But Birk is completely pleased with his present exile—until a accident intervenes, inflicting each one of them to think again their lives and their overall existence.
"The tale earnings an emotionality that justifies calling Goldin an artist, now not purely a writer." —Tom Easton, Analog Magazine
Originally released 1981 by means of Doubleday.
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War, destruction, and death had become so ingrained in the Makers’ character that it was only natural for a place to be set aside exclusively for grieving. The Black City was where people from all over the world who’d lost loved ones could come to experience a healing catharsis. Here they were cared for and received sympathy, both from fellow mourners and from the local inhabitants who survived off others’ grief. It was the most bizarre form of tourism Birk had ever heard of—but it had fulfilled a need in the Makers’ collective psyche, and the Black City had thrived, in its day.
To tell her nothing would lead to suspicions and anxieties that would not promote her rapid recovery. ” “Fine. Tell her something. Tell her anything you want. Only don’t talk about me. ” Sure, that ought to work, Birk reasoned. He could break her in gradually to himself and his world. Once she understood completely that she was stuck here for the rest of her life, and that he was the only other person around, she would know better how much she needed him—how much they needed each other. Once she realized that, she would not reject him.
Not after all I’ve been through. “All right,” he told Arthur. “Have her brought to the tower. Give her a room a few floors down from me. ” If a robot could be surprised, Arthur was just then. ” “I don’t want anything to do with her. At least not… not right away. She’ll be frightened, confused at first. I don’t want to do anything to jeopardize our long-term relationship. We’ll have to get used to each other gradually. ” “If she is a normal intelligent being, she is bound to be curious about her new surroundings— where she is, how she got here, how badly she’s been hurt.
A World Called Solitude by Stephen Goldin