by Larry Niven. from Worlds Of If, October 1966. Beowulf Shaeffer is hired for a close approach to a neutron star to find why two previous researchers were killed while studying it. The Skydiver dropped out of hyperspace an even million miles above the neutron star. I needed a minute to place myself against the stellar background, and another to find the distortion Sonya Laskin had mentioned before she died. It was to my left, an area the apparent size of the Earth's moon. I swung the ship around to face it. Curdled stars, muddled stars, stars that had been stirred with a spoon. The neutron Continue reading