Science Fiction (Required Readings)

14 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:
  • “Laws of Survival,” Jim Baen’s Universe Dec. 2007; read online
  • “Images of Anna,” Fantasy Sep. 2009; read online
  • “End Game,” Asimov’s April/May 2007; read online
  • “Margin of Error,” Omni Oct. 1994; read online
  • “Always True to Thee, in My Fashion,” Asimov’s Jan. 1997; read online
  • “Spillage,” F&SF April 1988; read online