A Long Night's Vigil at the Temple

by Robert Silverberg


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Written at Martin Greenberg's request for After the King, a tribute to J.R.R. Tolkien. Two interesting things about this story: Silverberg has never actually read The Lord of the Rings, only The Hobbit, and it is in fact a science fiction story, not fantasy.

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.

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