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A Long Night's Vigil at the Temple

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A Long Night's Vigil at the Temple

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Author: Robert Silverberg
Publisher: Tor, 1992
Pan Books, 1992

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Book Type: Novelette
Genre: Science-Fiction
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Thousands of years in the future, the earth worships the memory of three alien beings who visited during times of great trouble fifteen hundred years in the past. The high priest of the religion is Diriente, Warder of the great temple devoted to the aliens. One evening the groundskeeper comes to him with news of a great discovery beneath the lowest levels of the building, a discovery which will call into question everything that is believed about the saviors of the human race.

This novelette originally appeared in the anthology After the King: Stories in Honor of J.R.R. Tolkien (1992), edited by Martin H. Greenberg. It can also be found in the anthology The Year's Best Science Fiction: Tenth Annual Collection (1993), edited by Gardner Dozois. The story is included in the collection Hot Times in Magma City: 1990-95 (2013).


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