A World Called Solitude by Stephen Goldin

By Stephen Goldin

A misplaced vintage of technology fiction.

Birk Aaland is a political outcast from Earth's tyranny, and has been dwelling for years on a planet inhabited exclusively via robots, ever when you consider that his send crashed here.
Now one other send has crashed, and there's back a unmarried survivor—a lady who's eager to warn Earth of an alien invasion.
But Birk is completely proud of his present exile—until a accident intervenes, inflicting each one of them to re-examine their lives and their overall existence.

"The tale earnings an emotionality that justifies calling Goldin an artist, no longer basically a writer." —Tom Easton, Analog Magazine

Originally released 1981 by way of Doubleday.

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He is only joking in any case. And in one thing he is right; you will soon be meeting many other people your age, and they will eventually become mates and partners and coparents with you, closer to you even than your tribe kin, whom you know too well to ever love as an other. " Nirgal kept his eyes on his mother's, his gaze blank. Still he knew exactly when Jackie had brought her legs together, he had felt the minute change in temperature in the water swirling between them. And it seemed to him that his mother was wrong in some of what she had said.

The back rooms were ten meters high as a rule, and in some cases two hundred meters deep; and the main cavern rivaled Zygote itself, with big windows facing out onto the hole. Looking sideways through the window, Nirgal saw that the glass seen from the outside looked like the rock face; the filtered coatings must have been clever indeed, because as the morning arrived, its light poured in very brightly. The windows' view was limited to the far wall of the mohole, and a gibbous patch of sky above-but they gave the rooms a wonderful sense of spaciousness and light, a feeling of being under the sky that Zygote could not match.

It looked small and ramshackle, some desperate animal's den. Moles in a hole, Coyote had said. Hiding from vultures. "Let's get out of here," Peter said sadly, and they walked together down the long bare poorly lit tunnel to the new dome, stepping along the concrete road Nadia had built, now all ratcheted with treadmarks. They laid out the new dome in a new pattern, with the village away from the tunnel lock, near an escape tunnel that ran far under the ice, to an exit in upper Chasma Australe.

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