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).
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.
|October 1978||The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction||English||Magazine|
|May 1979||The 1979 Annual World's Best SF||English||Anthology|
|January 1980||Science Fiction Story Reader 13||German||Anthology|
|August 1980||Univers 1980||French||Anthology|
|August 1980||Nebula Winners Fourteen||English||Anthology|
|October 1981||Anthologie de la littérature de Science-Fiction||French||Anthology|
|1983||Fantastyka 3(6) marzec 1983||Polish||Magazine|
|December 1984||Wollheim's World's Best SF: Series Eight||English||Anthology|
|1984||I Premi Hugo: 1976–1983||Italian||Anthology|
|January 1985||Science Fiction Jubiläums Band: 25 Jahre Heyne Science Fiction & Fantasy, 1960–1985||German||Anthology|
|April 1985||The Hugo Winners, Volume 4: 1976–1979||English||Anthology|
|January 1986||Visible Light||English||Collection|
|June 1987||The Dark Void||English||Anthology|
|June 1987||Cosmos XXI: întîmplări dintr-un univers al păcii||Romanian||Anthology|
|August 1994||The SF Collection||English||Anthology|
|July 1995||Women of Wonder, the Contemporary Years: Science Fiction by Women from the 1970s to the 1990s||English||Anthology|
|April 1998||The Unexplained: Stories of the Paranormal||English||Anthology|
|October 2000||Une histoire de la science-fiction – 3: 1958–1981: L'expansion||French||Anthology|
|February 2004||The Collected Short Fiction of C. J. Cherryh||English||Collection|
|October 2010||The Last Man Anthology: Tales of Catastrophe, Disaster, and Woe||English||Anthology|
|March 2014||Galaxy's Edge Magazine||English||Magazine|
|September 2016||Women of Futures Past||English||Anthology|
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
- Cherryh, C. J. (2004). "Introduction". The Collected Short Fiction of C. J. Cherryh. DAW Books. p. x. ISBN 0-7564-0217-4.
- "Cassandra". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Retrieved 2016-09-16.
- "1979 Hugo Awards". Locus. Archived from the original on 2012-01-28. Retrieved 2012-01-26.
- "1979 Nebula Awards". Locus. Archived from the original on 2011-06-05. Retrieved 2012-01-26.
- "1979 Locus Awards". Locus. Retrieved 2012-01-26.
- "1999 Locus All-Time Poll". Locus. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2012-01-26.
- C. J. Cherryh's homepage. Bibliography of C.J. Cherryh