|DAW paperback, first printing, 1972. Cover by John Schoenherr.|
"They began as manufacturers of electric mood organs and player pianos. Then they improved the line - they started building exact simulacra of famous men. They thought that people would pay a good price to have anyone they wanted made to order - to talk with, befriend and eventually utilize for any purpose they wanted.
But they ran into trouble. For one thing an exactly programmed reconstruction of a famous man is going to be obstinate and as character complex as the real man was - and nobody's puppet.
For another, they got involved with a project for settling the moon with their creations. And finally they got tangled up with their own personal identities."