Science Fiction (Required Readings)

16 Out of All Them Bright Stars


Nancy Kress

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A move back into “hard” SF, and a precursor to more modern themes, denotes much of Kress’ work, like this story.

What the hell difference does it make what I think? Why does he have to come here…? Why can’t they all go someplace else be­sides here? There must be lots of places they can go, out of all them bright stars up there behind the clouds. They don’t need to come here where I need this job….

Librarian Note
First published in “The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction”, March 1985
Additional Nancy Kress stories online:

Non-Fiction by Nancy Kress