Cassandra (short story)

"Cassandra" is a science fiction short story by American writer C. J. Cherryh. It was first published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction in October 1978, and won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story in 1979. It was only her second published short story, after "The Dark King" (1977).

"Cassandra" has been translated into German, French, Polish, Italian and Romanian.[1]

Short story writing is an activity that Cherryh generally only undertakes upon request or when an idea surfaces that does not lend itself to a novel. Receiving a Hugo Award for this story therefore came as a complete surprise to Cherryh.[2]

This short story is Cherryh's modern take on the Greek mythological figure Cassandra who had the gift of prophecy.[2]

"Cassandra"
AuthorC. J. Cherryh
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Genre(s)Science fiction
Published inThe Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
Publication typePeriodical
PublisherMercury Publications
Media typePrint (magazine)
Publication dateOctober 1978

Plot summary

The gift of prescience, rather than a blessing, is a curse for Cassandra that she cannot control. She sees the future all the time and cannot turn it off. She leaves her burning apartment each morning and heads for the bombed-out coffee shop, passing charred corpses on the way. She knows it's going to happen but can do nothing about it. When the bombs do come and fire engulfs the city, her foresight actually saves her, but at what cost? She is the sole beneficiary of her misfortune in an otherwise non-functional existence.

Awards and nominations

References

  1. ^ "Cassandra". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Cherryh, C. J. (2004). "Introduction". The Collected Short Fiction of C. J. Cherryh. DAW Books. p. x. ISBN 0-7564-0217-4.
  3. ^ "1979 Hugo Awards". Locus. Archived from the original on January 28, 2012. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
  4. ^ "1979 Nebula Awards". Locus. Archived from the original on June 5, 2011. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
  5. ^ "1979 Locus Awards". Locus. Archived from the original on April 13, 2015. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
  6. ^ "1999 Locus All-Time Poll". Locus. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved January 26, 2012.

Sources

  • C. J. Cherryh. The Collected Short Fiction of C. J. Cherryh. DAW Books 2004. ISBN 0-7564-0217-4.

External links

List of science fiction short stories

This is a non-comprehensive list of short stories with significant science fiction elements.

The Collected Short Fiction of C. J. Cherryh

The Collected Short Fiction of C. J. Cherryh is a collection of science fiction and fantasy short stories, novelettes and novella written by the United States author C. J. Cherryh between 1977 and 2004. It was first published by DAW Books in 2004. This collection includes the contents of two previous Cherryh collections, Sunfall (1981) and Visible Light (1986), all of the stories from Glass and Amber (1987), stories originally published in other collections and magazines, and one story written specifically for this collection ("MasKs"). Cherryh's 1978 Hugo Award winning story, "Cassandra" is also included.

The Collected Short Fiction of C. J. Cherryh was voted the second best collection in the 2005 Locus Awards.

Timothy Zahn bibliography

This is complete list of works by American science fiction and fantasy author Timothy Zahn.

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