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A Vector Alphabet of Interstellar Travel by Yoon Ha Lee

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"A Vector Alphabet of Interstellar Travel" is a 2011 science fiction short story by Yoon Ha Lee. It is about several different alien species and how they view space travel.

It’s a Bunch of Stories!

This is a strange story… if you can even call it a story. It’s more like an article written by an alien researcher who is describing the views and beliefs surrounding star drives. It is cool though, and some of the ideas are truly unique ones that I have never seen before – and that is worth something indeed.

Non-Spoiler Summary

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Mrithaya, Mother of the Conflagration, and her priests believe interstellar travel to be one thing. The Iothal, who bind forest chronicles, believe it to be something entirely different. The same goes for the Dancers, the Kiatti and the civilization whose star drive always kills them. That doesn’t stop any of them from traveling among the stars, though. Learn all about their strange and exotic beliefs in this short but fascinating piece by an excellent author.

Some Interesting Tidbits

  • Word count: 1,966 (5 pages)
  • You can learn more about Yoon Ha Lee by reading her author profile on

Where To Find A Vector Alphabet of Interstellar Travel

  • This short story first appeared in August 2011 on the web site – where you can still read it for free.

Craving More SF Stories Like This One?

If you liked "A Vector Alphabet of Interstellar Travel" then you may also enjoy another excellent story by Yoon Ha Lee: “Flower, Mercy, Needle, Chain” – about an ancient woman who possesses a uniquely powerful weapon.