For the fairest. Past, present, and future. Again.
Fiction and Excerpts 
This story is about the eschatology of shadow puppets.
This short story was acquired and edited for Tor.com by Tor Books executive editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden.
Among the universe’s civilizations, some conceive of the journey between stars as the sailing of bright ships, and others as tunneling through the crevices of night. Some look upon their far-voyaging as a migratory imperative, and name their vessels after birds or butterflies.
The people of a certain red star no longer speak its name in any of their hundreds of languages, although they paint alien skies with its whorled light and scorch its spectral lines into the sides of their vessels.
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