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The Crystal Spheres

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The Crystal Spheres

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Author: David Brin
Publisher: Lightspeed Magazine, 2018
Analog Science Fiction and Fact, 1984

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Book Type: Short Story
Genre: Science-Fiction
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Hugo Award winning short story.

In a universe filled with habitable worlds why have we had no contact with extraterrestrial intelligence? David Brin's "The Crystal Spheres" offers a fantastic explanation for the Great Silence. Instead of being late-comers - might humanity have come upon the scene too early? This haunting tale was voted one of the "most beautiful of the eighties

The Crystal Spheres originally appeared in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, January 1984, and was reprinted in Lightspeed, May 2018. The story can also be found in the anthologies The Science Fiction Yearbook (1985) edited by John F. Carr, Jim Baen and Jerry Pournelle, and The New Hugo Winners: (1983-85) (1989), edited by Isaac Asimov and Martin H. Greenberg. It is included in the collection The River of Time (1986).

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