By Rob Chilson
A guy with no reminiscence, in a urban of robots long gone wild. At his aspect, a mysterious girl whose personal id he has reconstructed, and whose stories of him should be actual or fake. The younger guy calls himself Derec. within the shattering climax to his quest he discovers the surprising mystery of his real id. suffering from a nightmarish disorder, Derec needs to face the genius Dr. Avery, and compel him to bare the reality!
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Extra info for Refuge (Isaac Asimov's Robot City, No 5)
It may be one of many. ” “The light comes from all sides,” Ariel said, thoughtfully. “Yes,” said Derec, also thoughtful. “I hadn’t thought of that. Well, much remains mysterious. ” In any case, they could do nothing now. “We might as well get on with it,” said Ariel, bored once the first interest had worn off. She made a face at the thought of Robot City, but Derec was heartened. She hadn’t had that much spirit last night. Derec repeated the keying motions and pressed the button. Gravity slapped their feet and light slapped their eyes.
The nineteenth century saw cities of four million people and the early twentieth century saw cities of six and seven million people. All through the last ten thousand years, in other words, the world has become more and more urbanized, and after World War II, the process became a runaway cancer. In the last forty years, the world population has doubled and the population of the developing countries, where the birth rate remained high, has considerably more than doubled. We now have cities, like Mexico City , São Paulo , Calcutta , with populations climbing toward the twenty million mark and threatening to go higher still.
They turned around and looked down, just as the strip dived down behind the wall. The escalator, they saw, was not actually a stairway, as they had expected; it was a flat, moving ramp. Overhead was a sloping ceiling from which came the muted rumble of drives; one of the other strips, Derec supposed, probably an up strip. The down escalator did a complete half-circle clockwise, then the wall to their right opened and they were on the other side of the junction at the next level down.
Refuge (Isaac Asimov's Robot City, No 5) by Rob Chilson