Empire Star

by Samuel R. Delany
Release date: 1966
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction

Nebula Award: Best Novella nominee (1966).

On a habitable moon near Tau Ceti, a young man named Comet Jo encounters a devil-kitten and sees a spaceship crash land. One of the people in the spaceship tells Jo that he has to take an urgent message to Empire Star, and dies. Another collapses to form Jewel, a compact, multicolored, multiplexed crystalline entity. Empire Star is the story of Comet Jo's journey to deliver the message, as narrated by Jewel.

(updated 2013-01-16)

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