Brief piece chronicling the fate of a New Ceres family whose strange gifts prompt the 'powers that be' to destroy the entire family.
The piece is positioned as anthropological science fiction in the vein of Ursula Le Guin. A disclaimer at the beginning of the story reads:
Excerpt: New Ceres Field Notes of Dr Meredith Perle, Assoc. Prof., Chair of Anthropology, University of Minerva.
During one of my many information-gathering forays through the anachronistic society of New Ceres, I heard of a man called only 'The Raconteur' who knew all the old tales of early New Ceresian history and legend. I finally discovered him in a back street coffee house in the coastal city of Celestine - an old man now. At my request, he related the following tale.