Before Man and insectlike Thranx had become allies, when the reptilian AAnn were just occasional raiders of Thranx colony worlds, one young Thranx agricultural expert lived a life of quiet desperation.
A dreamer in a world of sensible, stable beings, Ryo buried himself in his work -- reclaiming marshland from a tenacious jungle -- until he came across a letter describing a relative's encounter with horrid, two-legged, soft-skinned space-going beasts ...
Original title: Nor Crystal Tears
Genre: Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Alien Beings→ First Contact
Fiction→ Science Fiction→ Alien Beings→ Interspecies Relations