At Winter's End Author:Robert Silverberg Everyone on Earth for a million years or more had known that the death stars were coming. One by one they would crash down terribly from the skies, falling without mercy for thousands or even hundreds of thousands of years, bringing an endless winter of sorrows. Each of the peoples of Earth addressed its fate in its own fashion. The vegetals and... more » the sapphire-eyed people knew that they would not survive, and they made their preparations accordingly. The mechanicals knew that they could survive if they cared to, but they did not care to. The sea-lords understood their day was done and they accepted that. The hjjk-folk, who never yielded any advantage willingly, expected to come through the cataclysm unharmed, and set about making certain of that.
But one small band of People escaped to an underground cocoon where they, and their descendants, waited for 700,000 years. Now their long winter is over. The omens proclaim the time has come. Time to emerge, to inherit, to claim and conquer the Earth...« less