Robert Silverberg’s enduring classic about one man’s journeyto find salvation for a planet on the brink of destruction.
“Roum is a city built on seven hills. They say it was acapital of man in one of the earlier cycles. I knew nothing of that, for my guildwas Watching, not Remembering.”
For a thousand years, mankind has lived under the threat ofinvasion from an alien race. After the oceans rose and the continents werereshaped, people divided into guilds—Musicians, Scribes, Merchants, Clowns, andmore. The Watchers wander the earth, scouring the skies for signs of enemiesfrom the stars. But during one Watcher’s journey to the ancient city of Roumwith his companion, a Flier named Avluela, a moment of distraction allows theinvaders to advance. When the Watcher finally sounds the alarm, it’s too late: the star people are poised to conquer all.
And so with the world in turmoil, the Watcher sets outalone for the Hall of the Rememberers, keepers of the past, where humanity’slast hope for survival might be hidden.