Thesme and the Ghayrog by Robert Silverberg

"Thesme and the Ghayrog"

by Robert Silverberg

Form: Novelette

Year: 1982

ID: 1148

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Comments:

Chapter 1 of Majipoor Chronicles. I don't know of any other publication.

Long before the time of Lord Valentine on Majipoor, when the non-human races are just starting to arrive and Narabal is just a scrappy frontier town, there lives a woman named Thesme. She reaches a crisis in her life after a series of unhappy love affairs and the realization that life in Narabal is not likely to get better for her. So she packs a few things and heads into the forest to be by herself. She learns to survive and comes to enjoy the solitude. Then one day she comes upon a Ghayrog, one of the alien colonists, injured near her hut. She takes him in and nurses him back to health, discovering in the process that maybe she's had enough solitude. She also finds many of her cherished beliefs about her life and her self falling apart.

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