Fragments of the Stars (星界の断章,Seikai no Danshō) is a series of books collecting short stories by Hiroyuki Morioka, set in the same universe and involving characters from his novels Crest of the Stars and Banner of the Stars. The word Dansho refers to a passage from a written work, but there is currently no consensus on how the title should be translated. One story later included in the 2005 compilation Seikai no Dansho I, "Birth", was made into an anime OVA in 2000, four years after it was originally published in the SF Magazine and 5 years before the consolidation of that story into the 2005 edition.
An anime OVA adapted one of the stories that was included 5 years later in the 2005 book Seikai no Dansho I.
"Birth" "Tanjou" (誕生)
April 7, 2000 (2000-04-07)
Although anxious to get back to the capital and resume active military duty, Plakia agrees with the impulsive Debeus to take a brief detour from their honeymoon to view a supernova remnant up close. While talking about all sorts of degradation and prejudice that landers have poured against the Abh as a non-human race, an unrecognized object show up on their monitor which they soon identify as a possible obsolete type of interplanetary ship. The couple board the dilapidated and seemingly empty ship to explore it. The old ship lurches into motion, leaving their own ship behind. To prevent the possibility of spending the rest of their lives floating aimlessly in space, Plakia decides to use explosives to alter the ship's course but suffers briefly from radiation leaving Debeus to finish up. Plakia stumbles upon a mummified corpse in the cockpit which unsettles her. In spite of her protestations, Debeus investigates and confirms that the corpse belong to a bioroid that seemed better built than their own Abh ancestors. As the explosives activate, the hold also cracks open and releases its cargo which bursts to reveal the bodies of other bioroids. As they successfully escape to their own ship, Debeus expresses his love for Plakia in the ultimate way that only the Abh can do. Thus, shortly thereafter, a baby girl is born. She is named Lafiel, a gem and source of life - a daughter of love.