THE LEGEND OF MIAREE
Miaree is another piece of an earlier story - that story of galaxies, worlds, races long gone, who leave behind a living, poignant history from which the thrusting race of mankind may learn to be less of a predator. In the cosmos Hughes is creating, Miaree is a fable, a legend - a slender, delicate, gentle creature who comes to terms with her moment of truth with towering courage and resolution. She will long live as one of science fiction's proudest.
The Atronuee had long known that their five worlds would eventually be destroyed. But the time was far, far away. And meanwhile, life was good.
The Mother ws benign and wise. The iflings thrived. Miaree - delicate, lovely Miaree - was on the verge of her joyous ripening and soon would choose a male to fertilise her eggs.
Meanwhile, there was the glorious blend of skill and ingenuity, the pure ecstasy of riding the gossamer-sailed drivers that flew between the Worlds, carried by the winds of space. Life was good indeed, and death, for the time being, only a completion, a new beginning.
There was nothing to fear ...