Two humans manage to land on a planet under quarantine, to steal from the supposedly protected avian race. We get the alien perspective on their meeting, as well as the human, as it at first offers, then has taken away brutally, it’s eggs. The eggs contain a chemical that is used to create the drug Inspiration, that humanity is increasingly using to make new breaththroughs. However, it’s not quite that simple… A short, clever piece.
- Year’s Best SF 15. (eds Hartwell/Cramer, Eos Books, 2010).
- Lucius Shepard. Sylgarmo’s Proclamation. (The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2010)