At the end of the second millenium, the five sentient species in the known universe that have achieved spaceflight are joined by a sixth--peculiar, warm-blooded creatures from a forgotten planet called Earth. And in the dark and perilous void, a precarious truce is declared--as the galaxy's elite races, separate and distinct, confron the most diffult challenge of all . . . coexistence.
Collection of tales by Hal Clement, George Alec Effinger, Karen Haber, Janet Kagan, Rebecca Ore, Harry Turtledove and Lawrence Watt-Evans.