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Author: Walter Jon Williams
Publisher: Pulphouse Publishing, 1991
Asimov's Science Fiction, 1987

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Book Type: Novelette
Genre: Science-Fiction
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Hugo and Sturgeon Award nominated novelette.

This Hugo Award-nominated story takes place in the distant future, when a highly-evolved humanity finds itself at war with the alien Shars. The product of eight million years of evolution, Ambassador Drill is sent to make peace... but does he retain enough of his humanity to recognize that of his enemies?

The story originally appeared in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, June 1987. The story can also be found in the anthologies The Year's Best Science Fiction: Fifth Annual Collection (1988), edited by Gardner Dozois, The 1988 Annual World's Best SF, edited by Arthur W. Saha and Donald A. Wollheim, Future on Ice (1998) edited Orson Scott Card and The Furthest Horizon: SF Adventures to the Far Future (2000) edited by Gardner Dozois. It is included in the collections Facets (1990) and The Best of Walter Jon Williams (2021).


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