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review 2015-07-17 02:27
Tower of Glass by Robert Silverberg
Tower of Glass - Robert Silverberg

I’m continuing my summer reading of Robert Silverberg novels from the most prolific period of his career, 1967-1976.  I reviewed A Time of Changes previously and now it’s time for Tower of Glass.


Simeon Krug, inventor and entrepreneur, is obsessed in getting a tower of glass built toward a star where he can communicate with outer space.  The entrepreneur uses androids that he created to build this tower.  The androids revere Krug and see him as their God.


However, the androids have an agenda of their own and are determined to be treated as human.  Their subplot reveals several surprising twists as it gets closer to the completion of the tower. I must admit I found their plight for being treated just like humans more compelling than Krug’s obsession with the tower.


Tower of Glass did not read as smoothly for me like A Time of Changes. It took me awhile to get into the story.  Nevertheless, Silverberg is fine storyteller and shows how a novel full of ideas can be written inside of two hundred pages.

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review 2009-11-29 00:00
Tower of Glass
Tower of Glass - Robert Silverberg I have a theory that Tower of Glass was written as a response to Brave New World, but I might be wrong about that.
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review 2009-05-18 00:00
Tower of Glass
Tower Of Glass - Robert Silverberg This is my third book by Robert Silverberg but my first disappointment. Not up to the high standard I was led to expect by the other two.

Amidst one man's obsession with making first contact with aliens, no matter what the expense, is a struggle by sentient androids for equality with humanity. For the "vat-born" to stand along side the "womb-born". But to their creator, who they see as their god, sees them only as things; as a means to achieving his ends.

Unconvincing character developments and motivations undermined my enjoyment of this book though. No light whatsoever was shed upon the strange but persistant alien communication there were receiving. I feel that this could have been handled a bit better.

Coincidentally, unlike the other two I read, this featured hard science quite heavilly. Perhaps he's best leaving such things in the more capable hands of others and concentrating on those things he does best?
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