Crown of Stars by James Tiptree Jr.

By James Tiptree Jr.

Crown of Stars is a quick tale assortment by way of James Tiptree, Jr that was once first released in 1988. All yet one of many tales had formerly seemed elsewhere.

* "Second Going" (1987)
* "Our Resident Djinn" (1986)
* "Morality Meat" (1985, credited to Raccoona Sheldon)
* "All This and Heaven Too" (1985)
* "Yanqui Doodle" (1987)
* "Come reside with Me" (1988, winner of the Hayakawa Award for international brief tale in 1997)
* "Last evening and each Night" (1970)
* "Backward, flip Backward" (1988)
* "The Earth Doth Like a Snake Renew" (1988)
* "In Midst of Life" (1987)

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Through the oil he makes out the green Supra, stopped in the ring of firelight. Two men are getting out. Hagen crawls toward them, hitching his broken side along the ground. Why don't the men help pull him away? Don't they know that rig behind him is about to blow to kingdom come, don't they know they're in danger too? He writhes, crawls, trying and trying to call to them for help. They'll help him, when they understand; they have to. Earlier that same day, in the city far behind, a young girl carrying a baby struggled through the crowds to the L9 bus-stop, on the unfamiliar uptown side.

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She uttered a single-syllable laugh as cold as a gull's cry. "What it will be in the future we neither know nor care . . she made you all, you see. In her dreams. " The girl, abruptly a child again, made a moue. "All I've done so far is sleep and dream and grow," she said. "It's very boring" Her eyes took on a look so pale and fixed that she appeared not only deaf but blind. As she scuffed her foot in discontent, a rift opened in the cloud, so near that Satan involuntarily put out an arm to steady her, forgetting the heat of his flesh.

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