By Theodore Sturgeon
The 5th of ten volumes that would reprint all Sturgeon's brief fiction covers his prolific output quantity comprises 15 classics and formerly unpublished tales, together with "Quietly." the right Host presents sufficient of a consultant sampling of Sturgeon's "greatest hits" to provide the uninitiated an exceptional feel of what the entire fuss was once approximately long ago while. even as it deals a beneficiant number of trade takes and rarities, particularly numerous of Sturgeon's top forays into other kinds of style writing, plus formerly unreleased cuts and liner notes.
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I haven't time to explain it," the rhu'ad finished impatiently and turned, without another word, and hurried out of the room. Beth felt free and light, her body in comfort, without a trace of sickness or pain. She lay back on her pillows, smiling, feeling the faint stir and quickening of the child within her, then adjusted the smile to the proper angle as a nurse - one of Dr. Bonner's hard - faced old Darkovan assistants - tiptoed in, her face sheepish, and peered round the corner of the screen.
Don't you think I know you mock our rhu'ad? Could you live equal to us? " she shouted. "Get off our world! Go away, all of you! " Cassiana grasped the woman's shoulders and shook her, hard, until the wildness went out of her face. Then she pushed Nethle down in the cushions, where she lay sobbing. Cassiana looked down at her sorrowfully. "You hate worse than she hates. " "That is exactly why I have more responsibility," Cassiana answered. She went to the curtained door at the end of the room. At her summons, a servant came and began unobtrusively to shepherd the children out of the room.
Cassiana's cheeks seemed to lose their pearly luster, to turn pinker. Beth blinked and rubbed her eyes. " she asked suspiciously. "You overestimate my powers! No, but I concentrated all the latent pigment in my skin into my hair. We rhu'ad can look almost as we choose, within certain limits - I couldn't, for instance, make my hair as dark as yours. There simply isn't enough melanin in my pigment. Even this much color wouldn't last, unless I wanted to alter my adrenalin balance permanently. I could do that, too, but it wouldn't be sensible.