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A Torre de Vidro

Robert Silverberg

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175 pages
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The plot involves a 24th century entrepreneur-scientist, Simeon Krug, whos created service androids. Earths wealthiest man, he is constructing of a glass tower in the Canadian tundra. The edifice is to communicate with a distant planetary nebulaMoreThe plot involves a 24th century entrepreneur-scientist, Simeon Krug, whos created service androids. Earths wealthiest man, he is constructing of a glass tower in the Canadian tundra. The edifice is to communicate with a distant planetary nebula from which an indecipherable message has been received. Hes also building a starship to be crewed by hibernating androids.Tower construction is directed by faithful Alpha Thor Watchman. Leading androids have a secret religion based on belief that their creator intends to eventually make them equal to humans. Krug is unaware of the religion. Thors dream is to convince him thru indirect means, including the manipulation of his weak-willed heir, Manuel, thru a sex relationship with a female android, Alpha Lilith Meson. Thor eventually falls in love with her, as does Manuel.Krug is appalled to learn of the religion. After mind-transfer with Thor, he declares hell never give freedom to androids. Thor despairs, loses faith & announces Krugs true nature. He causes the fall of the nearly-complete, 1200-m. tower. With the collapse of their religion, androids rebel. Many walk off their jobs, others take over key installations, some kill humans.Krug & Thor confront each other. Unable to fight his creator, Thors pushed against an unprogrammed teleporter & annihilated. His empire crashing & humanity in danger, Krug flees in his starship towards the system from which the alien message came.