Blue Fire

by Robert Silverberg


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The first part of To Open the Sky. In 2077, the Earth is a horribly crowded place, with billions of people struggling for survival. There are colonies on Mars and Venus, but space travel is too expensive for large numbers to leave the home world. In the midst of this, a new religion has sprung up, started by Noel Vorst. It is a secular religion, based more on science than the supernatural, and its symbol is the blue glow of a cobalt reactor.

This story concerns Reynolds Kirby, a non-Vorster functionary at the UN. It is his job to babysit the new Martian ambassador and secure a trade pact to prop up Earth's sluggish economy. The man from Mars is a boor who wants to see all the decadent wonders of Earth, including the strange new religion.

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