Cassandra (short story)
|Author||C. J. Cherryh|
|Published in||The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction|
|Media type||Print (magazine)|
"Cassandra" is a science fiction short story by American science fiction and fantasy author C. J. Cherryh. It was first published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction in October 1978, and won the Hugo Award for Best Short Story in 1979. It was only her second published short story, after "The Dark King" (1977).
"Cassandra" has been translated into German, French, Polish, Italian and Romanian.
C. J. Cherryh is best known for her science fiction and fantasy novels, and the bulk of her work comprises novels. Short story writing is an activity she generally only undertakes upon request or when an idea surfaces that does not lend itself to a novel. Receiving a Hugo Award for this story therefore came as a complete surprise to Cherryh.
The gift of prescience, rather than a blessing, is a curse for Cassandra that she cannot control. She sees the future all the time and cannot turn it off. She leaves her burning apartment each morning and heads for the bombed-out coffee shop, passing charred corpses on the way. She knows it's going to happen but can do nothing about it. When the bombs do come and fire engulfs the city, her foresight actually saves her, but at what cost? She is the sole beneficiary of her misfortune in an otherwise non-functional existence.
Awards and nominations
- 1979 – Hugo Award for Best Short Story: winner
- 1979 – Nebula Award for Best Short Story: runner up
- 1979 – Locus Award for Best Short Story: runner up
- 1999 – Named one of Locus magazine's 50 best science fiction short stories of all time
- "Cassandra". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved February 25, 2018.
- Cherryh, C. J. (2004). "Introduction". The Collected Short Fiction of C. J. Cherryh. DAW Books. p. x. ISBN 0-7564-0217-4.
- "1979 Hugo Awards". Locus. Archived from the original on January 28, 2012. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
- "1979 Nebula Awards". Locus. Archived from the original on June 5, 2011. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
- "1979 Locus Awards". Locus. Archived from the original on April 13, 2015. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
- "1999 Locus All-Time Poll". Locus. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved January 26, 2012.
- C. J. Cherryh's homepage. Bibliography of C.J. Cherryh