Phoenix in the Ashes (1985)
by Joan D. Vinge
(#2 in Cat (Short Story))

Phoenix in the Ashes
Visions - Visions of love and conflict, anguish and Tomorrow. Of outcasts who must bridge the obsessions of two post Holocaust worlds; and an astronaut who finds her life's quest betrayed by a device from an alien past. A prince who became a beggar, with the power of the dragon; and a feudal serf who met a high tech lord, with the magic of a peddler. A Cat who had lost his mind powers and a Dreamweaver who had lost her mind. A barbarian priestess whose beauty challenged the world and whose child could melt the heart of an alien God-on a crippled Earth that swam beneath a vast Cyclopean eye. The visions of Joan D. Vinge.
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