The Iron Star by Robert Silverberg

"The Iron Star"

by Robert Silverberg

Form: Novelette

Year: 1988

ID: 606

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The corporate starship Ben-wah Maru is investigating a star system for its sponsors, IBM and Toshiba. The system consists of a neutron star and companion black hole. Exactly what the owners hope to accomplish is not clear to the ship's CEO, but he intends to fulfil his mission—to retrieve a bit of matter from the neutron star. The sudden appearance of an alien spaceship in the system is an unwanted interruption. Once contact is established, it becomes apparent just how alien the Nine Sparg are. They seem incredibly advanced in some respects, but oddly ignorant in others.

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