To Open the Sky
by Robert Silverberg
Media: Mass market paperback
Cover art: (unknown)
All over the world, the Vorsters knelt, or writhed, or sat, worshipping in their different ways the little blue lights that symbolized the infinite power of the atom. All over the world, the wonder of the little blue lights took hold. Noel Vorst, founder of the Vorsters, became a god, and technology a religion.
But some held out, believing in the wonder that is man, in his ability to adapt to the miracle of the universe, to become one with it. And some few grew powers forever barred to the Vorsters.
The conflict between genes and machines was joined in the year 2077.