The 43 Antarean Dynasties

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"The 43 Antarean Dynasties"
AuthorMike Resnick
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
SeriesBirthright
Genre(s)Science fiction
Published inAsimov's Science Fiction
Publication typeMagazine
Publication dateDecember 1997

"The 43 Antarean Dynasties" is a science fiction short story published in 1997 by Mike Resnick. It won the 1998 Hugo Award for Best Short Story.[1] The story itself can be considered as a science fictional spin on the study of postcolonialism.

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Hermes, a native and cynical insectoid tour guide shows a family of three visiting humans around the capital city of his home planet Antares. As he escorts the three visitors around he is annoyed by their insensitive actions, especially as his fares refuse to feel sorry for the violence and destruction the previous human invasions have caused for Antareans, and saddened by what has become of his own culture.

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