Honestly, this is a scene in the book! Supposedly the title was a typo of “Get of the Unicorn” and was slapped on a random collection of McCaffrey short stories. I am not making this up. Beware of exploding dragon shells….
What’s the problem? Oi! You! Dragon! Get off that unicorn! Now!!!
Maybe dragons are like cuckoo: you think you’re going to hatch a unicorn, but a dragon has laid an egg in your unicorn nest. (And don’t tell me unicorns are mammals. They don’t exist, so they have no obligation to follow the defining biological characteristics of mammalia…)
Get Off, Thee Unicorn! (Unicorns are always trespassing on neighbors’ lawns, leaving unsightly messes.)
@Joachim – my understanding (from reading years ago, but I think it was explained in the book intro) was that the publisher actually had a list of titles that had been sitting around to be used. “Hey, Anne, we’ve got this title. Scrape together all your short stories and we’ll publish them!” (I once adored all things Anne McCaffrey. I bought this book and thought the cover was cool. I will not say how old I was.)
Ferenghi Gal in dress (?) is just standing around like ‘huh, that’s interesting. How do I turn it into money?’ I suppose the spear’s in case anyone tries to unclothe her.
Also, why is the dragon so pissed off? I thought Anne McCaffery’s dragons were supposed to be friendly.
Story in question involves a kid who gets rather nastily beaten up and is going to miss the hatching, so that’s a pole he’s leaning on. Considerably spikier than McCaffrey dragons are supposed to be, though.
If you haven’t read this collection and you’re a fan of her work, don’t worry; most of these stories have been starting points for her novels. About the only ones that haven’t are the Daughter/Dull Drums duo and the one in the same section.
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