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A Vector Alphabet of Interstellar Travel

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Among the universe's civilizations, some conceive of the journey between stars as the sailing of bright ships, and others as tunneling through the crevices of night. Some look upon their far-voyaging as a migratory imperative, and name their vessels after birds or butterflies....
ebook, 32 pages
Published August 10th 2011 by Tor Books
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Althea Ann
This reads like notes for a story, not a story. It’s a series of paragraphs, each describing an alien race or situation. Nice writing, but it doesn’t feel like a finished work.
Bryn Hammond
She is my new SF divinity.
As others note, this one isn't a story but a Borges-style fiction. One senses commentary upon cultures.
This is a really charming short story, reminiscent of Calvino or Borges in a way. It's a series of short vignettes describing various cultures that have invented interstellar travel. Each vignette is focused on the means of travel, but the cultures described have an oddity and originality that's most reminiscent of Calvino's "Invisible Cities." They're little world-sketches, more like settings or bits of history than stories. Very inventive and worth checking out.
reminds me of JLB
Ian Lindstrom
Not so much of a story. Short histories of places & civilizations described with quite a bit of creative imagery & ideas.
Would be great for artistic inspiration.
Interesting short novel, a collection of very brief portraits of different alien civilizations. The author describes what drives them, what are their dream, in a very poetic and allegoric way.
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Yoon Ha Lee is an American science fiction writer born on January 26, 1979 in Houston, Texas. Her first published story, “The Hundredth Question,” appeared in Fantasy & Science Fiction in 1999; since then, over two dozen further stories have appeared. She lives in Pasadena, California.
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