Sea of Glass

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This article is about the 1986 science fiction novel. For the 1955 novel, see Dennis Parry.
Sea of Glass
Author Barry B. Longyear
Cover artist Ron Walotsky
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction novel
Publisher St. Martins Press
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardcover)
Pages 375
ISBN 978-0-312-00780-5
OCLC 14514800
813/.54 19
LC Class PS3562.O53 S4 1987

Sea of Glass is a dystopian science fiction novel by Barry B. Longyear.


Thomas Windom is born into a future where the actions and lives of all human beings are predicted and manipulated by a supercomputer called MAC III. His early childhood is spent hidden in his parents' home as an illegal child. When he takes his first look outside on his seventh birthday, he is discovered by a neighbor who reports him to the police. These 'men in black' come and place him at Outcasters, an orphanage for illegal children. His parents tortured to death, Thomas grows up in the brutal orphanage and learns to survive despite being a nonentity. Death and love come to him early and often. He spends his teenage years learning the deterministic science of 'projections' and everyone's place in the world in relation to the inevitable Wardate (a time predicted by MAC III) that looms over the entire planet. As an adult, Thomas questions fate, determinism, morality, and MAC III as he struggles to understand his own place in the world and role in the War.

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