Jason Babbidge's life is inexorably changed and linked to the slow birds when his brother, Daniel, climbs aboard a slowbird shortly before it disappears into the unknown. Watson's story deals with Jason's quest for his brother and later the revelation that comes to him as he climbs aboard a slow bird of his own.
- Hugo Award Nominee, Best Novelette, 1984
- Nebula Award Nominee, Best Novelette, 1984
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