Post by James Nicoll Post by Lynn McGuire Post by James Nicoll
Planets on the Move: SF Stories Featuring World-Ships
Post by Lynn McGuire
What, no Dahak ?
The planets of Karres and He come to mind (Karres "The Witches of
Karres" by Schmitz, a wonderful book now with sequels by Eric Flint and
others - readable but not so wonderful. He - from one of Blish's Cities
in Flight books, certainly "A Clash of Cymbals/The Triumph of Time" and
very likely also "Earthman Come Home")
"Sir," began Zinin to the commander, and his great voice
was strangely muffled, "they're coming ... in their ship,
like they said they would."
Phrnnx yanked himself back to reality--if such it still
could be called--and joined the others who were now occupied
at the fore port.
Below, great masses of puffy white clouds. Brown and green
land masses, unchanged. Blue oceans, unchanged.
In the middle of the planet's second ocean, great, impossible
masses of thick columnar crystals began to leap upward from
the waters. Translucent at first, the chalcedony towers
began to pulse with deep inner fires: blue, purple, gold,
carmine, and finally a strange, yet familiar silver-gray.
The ionosphere, tickled, began to surround the flashing
needles with auroras, clothing them in blankets of coruscating
Following, the planet began to move after the Tpin.
On board the cruiser it was very quiet.
"I see," whispered Rappan idly, "that they are bringing
their moon along also."
"You get accustomed to something like that," breathed an
engineer. "A moon, I mean."
What's not in Columbia anymore..