And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill's Side

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"And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill's Side" is a science fiction short story by American author James Tiptree, Jr.. It was originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction's March 1972 edition.[1]

Its title is a quote from John Keats' 1819 poem La Belle Dame Sans Merci.


The story is set in the far future, when humanity has begun to interact with aliens from all over the galaxy. A station engineer at a space port tells a cautionary tale to a young journalist about becoming obsessed with alien visitors, and his own history of sexual obsession with travelers from other worlds.


This short story has been reprinted in numerous anthologies over the years:[2]



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