Marvin realizes why his father has brought him “outside” “for the first time in his life.” After hours of driving in a scout car with balloon tires, they reach a place in their lunar outpost from where Marvin can have a glimpse of the earth. Vaguely though, he can read the topography of the earth:
…he could discern the outlines of continents, the hazy border of the atmosphere, and the white islands of cloud. And even at this distance, he could see the glitter of sunlight on the polar ice.
The darker half of the “shining crescent” too glows because of the “evil” nuclear...
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