We Are for the Dark

by Robert Silverberg


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In a relatively distant future, a polluted and overpopulated Earth is run by an elite priesthood dedicated to saving humanity by colonizing space— The Dark, as they call it. This religion is headed by an ancient godlike Master who has set down a number of rules for colonization. Once people have left Earth, they can never return, for he does not want them to repeat the mistakes of their ancestors. Only those chosen by the priesthood may go. And no colonization is to be done more than a hundred light years from Earth. Then the Master begins to think that his Covenant is being broken in the outer colonies.

Interstellar travel is accomplished by means of teleportation.

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