The Memory of Earth (Homecoming)

By Orson Scott Card

High above the planet concord, the Oversoul watches. Its activity, programmed such a lot of millennia in the past, is to protect the human payment in this planet--to shield this fragile remnant of Earth from all threats. to guard them, so much of all, from themselves.

The Oversoul has performed its activity good. there is not any struggle on concord. There are not any guns of mass destruction. there's no know-how that can bring about guns of battle. by way of keep watch over of the information banks, and refined interference within the very ideas of the folks, the synthetic intelligence has fulfilled its mission.

But now there's a challenge. In orbit, the Oversoul realizes that it has misplaced entry to a few of its reminiscence banks, and a few of its energy structures are failing. And in the world, males are commencing to take into consideration energy, wealth, and conquest.

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