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Semley's Necklace (1964) [Short Story]
by Ursula K. Le Guin Rating: Weighted - 6.3 / Average - 6.2 of 10 (6 votes) (Rate!)
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Series: Hainish / Novels of the Ekumen

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Originally published as "Dowry of the Angyar" and later as the prologue of Rocannonís World, Semley's necklace follows the events of import in the everyday life of Semley, an amazingly beautiful but primitive noble on a small world with three separate sentient races. Semley's world is one surrounded by myths, legends, knights, and castles, battles, and honor, and chivalry -- until the Starlords come. The Starlords, actually humans, make contact by exacting a heavy tax upon all races they encounter in order to fight a grim war at the end of all time.

Semley knows none of this however, and she is bitter that her once noble house has fallen into poverty due to the constant offerings of tribute to the Starlords. Then she learns that an ancient heirloom of unsurpassed beauty is in the realm of the enigmatic Gdemiar, the only race to have the slightest meaningful contact with the Starlords.

She resolves to reclaim her lost birthright, and her journey will affect her in ways that no one of her race will understand, and exact a price perhaps better left unpaid.

Published in Amazing Stories (September 1964) as "The Dowry of the Angyar".

Original title: Dowry of the Angyar
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience FictionAdventureLost Worlds and Colonies

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Rocannon's World (1966) [Novel]
      Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
     Wind's Twelve Quarters, the (1975) [Collection]
      Author: Ursula K. Le Guin
     Wizards (1983) [Anthology]
      Authors: Ursula K. Le Guin , Greg Bear , Larry Niven , L. Sprague de Camp , Jack Vance , Robert E. Howard , Manly Wade Wellman , Ron Goulart , John Jakes , Theodore R. Cogswell
     Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories, the (1992) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , Ursula K. Le Guin , David Brin , Rudyard Kipling , H. G. Wells , William Gibson , George R. R. Martin , Brian W. Aldiss , Harry Harrison , Frederik Pohl , Cordwainer Smith , Thomas M. Disch , Walter M. Miller, Jr. , Bruce Sterling , James Blish , Larry Niven , A.E. van Vogt , Clifford D. Simak , Norman Spinrad , Paul J. McAuley , J. G. Ballard , Gene Wolfe , Lewis Padgett , Jack Williamson , Raccoona Sheldon , Hilbert Schenck , John W. Campbell , Frank L. Pollock , Stanley G. Weinbaum , James H. Schmitz

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