By the Seawall by Robert Silverberg

"By the Seawall"

by Robert Silverberg

Form: Short story

Year: 1967

ID: 125

Publication history:


There are two points of speculation in this story: the creation of a race of synthetic humans (not unlike those in Tower of Glass) to perform drudge work, and the construction of a gigantic wall to protect land-dwelling people from the dangerous monsters inhabiting the oceans. The origin of these monsters is not dealt with in the story, which follows the experiences of a synthetic whose job is to guard a section of the wall. Micah-IV watches the sea for encroaching creatures, inspects the wall for flaws, and guides tourists who visit. Nothing prepared him for the possibility that a visitor might intentionally jump off the wall.

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