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Cage of Sand, the (1962) [Short Story]
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High in an abandoned hotel near Cape Canaveral, a man watches the sand dunes below him as the wind whips them into new and ever-changing shapes. Next to him, a woman watches the sky, as space capsules containing dead astronauts whirl around the earth in tight formation, reminding them that space is cold, indifferent, and uncaring.

The sand is iron red, soft and fine to the touch, and omnipresent from the man's point of view. It is in fact, Martian sand, and it has almost completely covered the entire Cape and the once proud spaceport there. For him, the sand holds secrets, perhaps those which will bring new meaning to his empty life.

The capsules are distant, moving points of cold light, and omnipresent from the woman's point of view. For her, the capsules hold secrets, perhaps those which will enlighten the past, and bring new meaning to her empty life.

Published in New Worlds, June 1962.,/p>

Also published in:

  • Memories of the Space Age, Arkham House 1988
  • The Ascent of Wonder (1994)
  • Voices of Time, Gollancz/Indigo 1997

Original title: The Cage of Sand
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionScience Fiction

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF, the (1994) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , Edgar Allan Poe , Ursula K. Le Guin , David Brin , Rudyard Kipling , Alfred Bester , Isaac Asimov , Philip K. Dick , Nathaniel Hawthorne , Robert A. Heinlein , Anne McCaffrey , Jules Verne , H. G. Wells , William Gibson , Frederik Pohl , Cordwainer Smith , Greg Bear , Bruce Sterling , Gregory Benford , Poul Anderson , James Blish , Larry Niven , Vernor Vinge , James Tiptree, Jr. , Rudy Rucker , Michael F. Flynn , Clifford D. Simak , James P. Hogan , Henry Kuttner , Catherine Lucille (C.L.) Moore , Cyril M. Kornbluth , Bob Shaw , Theodore Sturgeon , J. G. Ballard , Gene Wolfe , Gordon R. Dickson , Robert L. Forward , Ed Bryant , Dean Ing , Ian Watson , John M. Ford , Kate Wilhelm , Hal Clement , Randall Garrett , Raymond F. Jones , Philip Latham , Miles J. Breuer , Tom Godwin , John Sladek , Raymond Z. Gallun , Hilbert Schenck , Richard Grant , Theodore L. Thomas , Donald M. Kingsbury , George Turner , Katherine MacLean , Don A. Stuart

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