Illustration by Dan Ghiordanescu. Lettering by Saul Bottcher.
In this hard sci-fi novelette, the crew members of a deep-space construction vessel encounter a phenomenon near a red dwarf star and investigate. What they find makes them question their understanding of sentience and evolution.
Winner of the 2010 Hugo Award for Best Novelette. Nominee for the 2010 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award and the 2010 Locus Award for Best Novelette.