The Star Creature

Rated 4.77/5 based on 13 reviews
A story of the first encounter between two intelligent species, with an assumption that "intelligence" is just one of many attributes that may be just as important.

Today this would be called Flash Fiction. In 1979 it was a "short-short" story. It was first published in the Winter, 1979, issue of Unearth Magazine (Volume 2, Number 4).
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Words: 1,010
Language: English
ISBN: 9781476452715
About Kevin A. Lyons

I was born in New York City and raised in New Jersey. When I graduated from college, with a degree in Geology, I left – for a while. I worked on oil wells from California to the North Slope of Alaska, from the Gulf of Mexico to the first test well that was drilled in Georges Bank, off the coast of Massachusetts. Then I came back to New Jersey and spent a few years working at the Division of Fish, Game and Shellfisheries.

I left again for Connecticut to work for the phone company, just in time for Ma Bell to break up. I came back to New Jersey with AT&T and eventually found my way to Bell Labs.

I left Bell Labs to be a stay-at-home dad. As my kids grew older I was able to spend some time volunteering at a nearby riding center for people with special needs -- that's one of my coworkers in the photo with me.

Now that my kids are away at college I’m making the transition to “merely unemployed.” Or maybe I'll become a writer. We’ll see.

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Review by: James Jenkins on Aug. 21, 2016 :
Well written, not as thought provoking now as it would have been 37 years ago. A nice read.
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Review by: Maria E. Schneider on Nov. 16, 2015 :
Good story, although a tad melancholy for my tastes. Not a thing wrong with it and it's a nice sci/fi fit.
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Review by: M.Y. David on July 23, 2015 :
A very poetic short story, despite the characters' backgrounds and physical appearances.

Sympathy, respect and honour all play a role in this short piece and, given the length of the story, that is no easy feat to achieve - well done, Lyons.
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Review by: Hobbe Noxious on June 01, 2015 :
I really enjoyed this story. For how few words it is, it manages to fit in an amazing amount of detail, all while feeling completely organic.
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Review by: Trevor Compro on March 09, 2015 :
What a nice little read. Very compassionate.
I liked the way the story flows, no heightened detail, just little bits here and there so we can use our own imagination.
Good stuff.
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Review by: M. Brown on March 19, 2014 :
Short and original! The kind of story I like. It doesn't take neither time nor money to get to know this very interesting perspective. I think everyone should read this!
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Review by: Matt Eliason on March 09, 2014 :
Enjoyed it. There was a nice rhythm to it and judicious use or words.
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Review by: Eric Buus Larsen on Sep. 21, 2013 :
Awesome. So much packed in such a short story; emotionally, visually and conceptually. Proves that often more is less! Great perspective.
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Review by: Michael Carter on July 03, 2013 :
I can only really echo what the other reviewers have said about this flash sci-fi story. It's beautifully written, flawlessly executed, and provides all the information in a natural, easy style. Full of atmosphere and pathos; excellent, perhaps the best flash fiction I have read.

This story proves three things;

1) the author, Kevin Lyons is an excellent writer;

2) fiction that is FREE on smashwords can be of the highest standard in quality. Just because its free, doesn't mean its worthless.

3) literary types, and the literature establishment looks down snootily on genre fiction, sci-fi, horror, romance, etc; they are wrong! This story is fantastic literature.

Excellent story, very worthy of five minutes of your time.

-- Oh, and 4) don't judge a story by its iffy cover image!
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Review by: Jonathan Antony Strickland on June 26, 2013 :
Certainly one of the best flash fiction stories I've read. I liked the way how you never mention what the star creature is, a less skilled writer would have done this but from your descriptions and the strange creature that finds it we can work it out ourselves. So for me this part was really well done.

I also loved the fact that even though this is only around 1000 words long, you still manage to develop the creatures anatomy, the world it inhabits, and the customs and beliefs it follows. This is all very well done.

Well worth a read. And a excellent example of what can be achieved for anyone out there who fancies giving flash fiction writing a go.
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Review by: Marianne Curtis on Dec. 26, 2012 :
Loved this short story. The author says he is unemployed? Well, I think he found his calling!!! Keep writing.

Marianne Curtis
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Review by: Jon Olson on Dec. 07, 2012 :
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. The descriptions of the man were very intriguing as it was told from a different point of view. In fact, I wouldn't mind a longer piece to learn more about the narrator.
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Review by: S. A. Barton on June 25, 2012 :
Well and thoughtfully written and a joy to read. I see why it sold in '79, and it is still fresh today.
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Review by: Kenny Chaffin on June 13, 2012 : (no rating)
Well Done. Very interesting and intriguing alien perspective in very few words.

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