"My feeling is that the chance of our surviving into the twenty-first century as working civilization is less than fifty percent but greater than zero."
In the story, the young of an intelligent species must be born in the sunlight on their jungle planet.
Compare to tower of glass from Tower of Glass (1970) by Robert Silverberg, metalloglass from Buck Rogers, 2430 AD (1929) by Nowlan and Calkins and plani-glass from Crystalized Thought (1937) by Nat Schachner.
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