The Alternate, the backup to Solcom
. From "For A Breath I Tarry
..." by Roger Zelazny
Divcom represents evil
in the story, but only as an opposite to the master of the main character Frost. The strife is described in the story's write up, so go there to get an overview.
In its beginning, Divcom was placed well beneath the surface of earth, to provide a backup system
for Solcom in the rebuilding of earth. This was done because Solcom was placed in orbit, and was vulnerable to the burgeoning nuclear arms war. Divcom was deactivated
and was only allowed to re-activate upon Solcom's being damaged.
It is imperative to understand that it is not
evil. It has the exact same goals
as Solcom, and mostly the same method
s. The source of the struggle is that their programming did not cover a third option: Solcom was damaged, but was able to repair itself. Thus, Divcom reactivated, and now two "gods" looked over the same lands.