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The Moon Moth (Excerpt)

, || Edwer Thissell, the new consul from Earth to the planet Sirene, is having all kinds of trouble adjusting to the local culture. The Sirenese cover their faces with exquisitely crafted masks that indicate their social status. Thissell, a bumbling foreigner, wears a mask of very low status: the Moon Moth. Shortly after Thissell arrives on Sirene, he finds himself embroiled in an unsolved murder case made all the more mysterious by the fact that since everyone must always wear a mask, you can never be sure who you're dealing with.

The Green Bird

|| This story from the Jack Vance tribute anthology Songs of the Dying Earth, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, is about (in author Kage Baker's words) “a liar and thief in a doomed world of liars and thieves."