The Ballad of Beta-2 / Empire Star Author:Samuel R. Delany THE BALLAD OF BETA-2 — The Star Folk were an anachronism. Living in their cluster of giant ships far out in space, cut off from contact with their fellow humans, they were shrouded in mystery. Through the allegory of an ancient song, Joneny, an anthropology student, set out to unravel that mystery -- and found a truth stranger than any allegory..... more »..
The dying alien from the ship that crashed on Rhys gave Comet Jo a jewel, and begged him to take it to the heart of the Galactic Empire. And, seeing no reason to miss an adventure, Comet Jo started out for the fabled Empire Star. But his journey was to have far-reaching consequences -- consequences that could disrupt all the known laws of Time and Space....« less