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How Beautiful with Banners (1966) [Short Story]
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Dr. Ulla Hillström, a researcher on the frozen moon of Titan, slowly wends her way across that blasted, icy landscape, colder and more thoroughly frozen than even the wintry dreams of the coldest locales on the planet Earth. She is protected by a thin material made of a single colossal protein molecule, a vast improvement over the pressure suit, but one is left with the feeling that one is naked when covered only by the thin transparent film.

It is precisely in this state of mind that Dr. Hillström finds herself when she is suddenly accosted by a member of Titan's only native species -- a cloak-like creature with no perceptible sentience, but with a chemical makeup remarkably like that of her suit.

The next several hours will pass in terror and resignation for Ulla, as she attempts to escape her predicament while the cloak performs strange combinations and manipulations with her protective 'suit'. Will she manage to survive her ordeal?

Published in Orbit 1, ed. Damon Knight, Berkley Medallion 1966.

Reprinted in:

  • The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories 1992
  • A Work of Art and Other Stories, Severn House 1993
  • The Norton Book of Science Fiction


Original title: How Beautiful with Banners
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience FictionAdventurePlanetary Exploration and Colonization

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     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
     Norton Book of Science Fiction, the (1993) [Anthology]
      Authors: Marion Zimmer Bradley , Ursula K. Le Guin , Roger Zelazny , Orson Scott Card , Philip K. Dick , William Gibson , Harlan Ellison , Octavia E. Butler , Frederik Pohl , Samuel R. Delany , Cordwainer Smith , Greg Bear , Barry N. Malzberg , Bruce Sterling , Kim Stanley Robinson , Gregory Benford , Poul Anderson , James Blish , Pat Cadigan , John Varley , James Tiptree, Jr. , Clifford D. Simak , Joe Haldeman , Fritz Leiber , Damon Knight , Nancy Kress , Pat Murphy , Vonda N. McIntyre , Mike Resnick , Robert Sheckley , Robert Silverberg , Michael Swanwick , Theodore Sturgeon , Lewis Shiner , Margaret Atwood , Avram Davidson , John Kessel , Howard Waldrop , Gene Wolfe , Connie Willis , Ed Bryant , Karen Joy Fowler , Michael Bishop , Joanna Russ , Lisa Goldstein , James Patrick Kelly , Kate Wilhelm , David R. Bunch , Pamela Sargent , R. A. Lafferty , Candas Jane Dorsey , John Crowley , Carol Emshwiller , Sonya Dorman , Michael Blumlein , Michael Coney , Katherine MacLean , James H. Schmitz , Eileen Gunn , Andrew Weiner , Eleanor Arnason , Molly Gloss , Suzette Haden Elgin , Zenna Henderson , Phyllis Gotlieb , Paul Preuss , Diane Glancy

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