Or. . . world of the invisible plot. Space-drive inventor Birk Aaland, fleeing torture and imprisonment, crashes on a world...

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A WORLD CALLED SOLITUDE

Or. . . world of the invisible plot. Space-drive inventor Birk Aaland, fleeing torture and imprisonment, crashes on a world occupied solely by robots and is befriended by Arthur, an advanced specimen. Eleven years float by before another ship crashes; sole survivor this time is Mild Nakamura, whose homeworld has been conquered by implacable aliens. Wallowing in self-pity, Birk refuses to help Mild escape and alert the Earth Commonwealth to the peril--until an alien ship arrives, capturing Miki and destroying Arthur and thus forcing Birk to an agonizing reappraisal. Goldin makes some attempt at characterization: self-centered Birk rants fervently and harms small furry animals; practical Miki shows her courage; and Arthur keeps his robotic cool. But, despite all such efforts, this, like Assault on the Gods (1977), is a drab, static little space-drama.

Pub Date: Feb. 20, 1980

ISBN: 0000058890

Page Count: -

Publisher: Doubleday

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1980