By Stephen Goldin
A misplaced vintage of technological know-how 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 eager to warn Earth of an alien invasion.
But Birk is completely pleased with his present exile—until a coincidence intervenes, inflicting each one of them to reconsider 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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We’ll drop the “lieutenant,” of course; her military career was over the instant her ship crashed. He gave no consideration to what the young lady thought of dropping her title. She would have to agree with him eventually—because he knew that she, like himself, would never leave this planet again. Chapter 5 Birk endured four more days without significant change taking place in the woman’s condition. The medical robots looked on that stability as a positive sign, but it only served to make Birk edgy.
Then his gaze was back up at her face—that beautiful face with wide-set eyes that were a deeper blue than any he’d ever seen in a human being. There was a glistening in her eyes as she looked back at him; could they be tears, perhaps? Her face was aglow with love and alive with passion, the stuff of a million fantasies and a host of lost, lonely dreams. Birk wanted to rush across the room and take her in his arms, but his feet felt nailed to the floor. Reva looked back at him, and reached out a hand with her own little peculiar turn of the wrist.
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