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TOWER OF GLASS
This is the best-looking edition/cover this book has had, in my opinion.
After an initial explosion of output in the mid to late fifties (he won a Hugo for "best new author" in 1956) , Silverberg slowed down when the magazine market shrank, and took on other projects including history books for a few years. In the late sixties, he became noticed for a more mature, artistic style, garnering Hugo & Nebula nominations for his 1967 novel Thorns and the magazine version of "Hawksbill Station," and then winning a Hugo for "Nightwings" and a handful of Nebula awards for short works plus the novel A Time of Changes.
A novel from Robert Silverberg's artistic renaissance of the late Sixties/early Seventies: Tower of Glass. In the year 2218, billionaire Simeon Krug is having an ultrawave tower a thousand meters high built in the Arctic. The purpose? To reply to a signal of intelligent origin. Krug is obsessed with this project, utilizing to build it the androids of his invention, and the basis of his wealth. Krug had designed his androids to be synthetic humans: able to do most human things, yet sterile. Unknown to him, the androids he created believe him to be their God, who will plead for their equality out of compassion. Silverberg follows several viewpoints in exploring this world, as the conflicts of belief lead to an epic confrontation.