Alternate Realities by C. J. Cherryh

By C. J. Cherryh

Port Eternity
Their names have been Lancelot, Elaine, Percivale, Gawain, Mordred, Lynette and Vivien, and so they have been made humans, clone servants who labored aboard The Maid, an anachronistic myth of a spaceship. they'd no thought in their origins, from these outdated storytapes of romance, chivalry, heroism and betrayal, until eventually a ripple within the space-time continuum sucked The Maid and her workforce right into a no-man's land from which there will be no go back, and so they have been left by myself to stand a problem which their old prototypes have been by no means designed to master...

Wave with out a Shore
Freedom was once an remoted planet, off the most spaceways and infrequently visited via advertisement spacers. It wasn't that Freedom was once inhospitable, the matter was once that outsiders—tourists and traders—claimed that the streets have been crowded with mysterious blue-robed extraterrestrial beings. Native-born people, besides the fact that, denied that those extraterrestrial beings existed—until a planetary difficulty compelled a disagreement among the query of truth and the truth of the question...

Voyager within the Night
Rafe Murray, his sister Jillian, and Jillian's husband Paul Gaines, like many different out-of-luck spacers, had come to newly outfitted activity Station to discover their destiny. Their tiny send, Lindy, have been salvaged from the junk heap, and suited for mine ore from the mineral-rich earrings which rotated pastime. yet their destiny proved to be a long way stranger than any of them imagined, while a "collision" with an immense alien vessel supplied them with the oddest first touch adventure attainable!

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On the inside, a long stairway wound back and forth, dropping the several hundred meters from the entrance altitude to the level of the wide moat that circumscribed the entire habitat. There were lights on the stairway at periodic intervals, and Nicole could see more lights on the bridge in front of her, but the overall illumination was quite sparse. Nicole tensed when she saw a pair of construction workers coming up the stairs in her direction. But they climbed right past her with only minimal acknowledgment.

Nicole stood up and walked toward the door. ” Richard asked. “To my bed,” Nicole replied with a laugh. “I think I’m developing a headache. ” 6 The next morning when Nicole opened her eyes, Richard was standing over her holding two full backpacks. “We’re going to explore and look for octospiders,” he said excitedly, “behind the black screen. ” Nicole watched her husband closely while she was eating her breakfast. His eyes were full of energy and life. This is the Richard I remember the best, Nicole said to herself happily.

And there is absolutely no light. ” Nicole took his hand in hers. “Just remember, Richard,” she said easily. ” Richard shone his flashlight first on Nicole’s hair, which was now completely gray, and then on his own gray beard. ” he said gaily. “Speak for yourself,” Nicole rejoined, squeezing his hand. The passageway was much longer than a kilometer. As Richard and Nicole trudged along, they talked mostly about his astonishing experiences in the second habitat. “I was absolutely terrified when the elevator door opened and I saw the myrmicats for the first time,” Richard said.

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