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 exclusively through robots, ever due to the fact his send crashed here.
Now one other send has crashed, and there's back a unmarried survivor—a lady who's desirous 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 think again their lives and their overall existence.
"The tale earnings an emotionality that justifies calling Goldin an artist, no longer simply a writer." —Tom Easton, Analog Magazine
Originally released 1981 via Doubleday.
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I’m glad you’re here now. ” With great effort, Birk pulled one leg free of its paralysis and slid it slowly forward across the floor, An equally great effort was required for the second step. After that they became a little easier; he concentrated on making them into a series, first one then another until he found himself actually walking across the room, around the perimeter of the bed and to his wife’s side. Reva stood where she was, watching him invitingly until he was only a few steps away.
She jumped onto the bed and looked up at him. ” Birk could feel his desire fading fast. “Why, Reva? ” “I’m not doing anything” she said, wiggling her hips on the bed. ” He recognized that tone all too well. It was an impatience that hid an anger boiling up just below the surface. He glanced around the room as though looking for the way out once more, then closed his eyes tightly. It’s not supposed to be this way. Why isn’t it working right? ” “Spiteful? Me? ” Birk turned away and opened his eyes again.
Arthur, once he heard Birk’s intended destination, begged to come along. The delta would require refueling in the city for the return trip, and even if Arthur remained with the vehicle he would be there to pilot the craft home if Birk’s emotional state was adversely affected by his experiences there. But Birk refused. This was something he had to face alone; Arthur’s presence would only serve as a distraction. He did, however, agree to let Arthur radio ahead and tell the robots of that city to accept Birk’s orders and refuel the delta while he was out on his crucial errand.
A World Called Solitude by Stephen Goldin