Stardance - Jeanne Robinson;Spider Robinson There is a common practice for science fiction writer to take a very popular short story and expand it into a novel. Stardance is an example of this. The short story is five star quality but when Spider Robinson finishes his expansion, he adds nothing to the original, If anything, the added material subtracts from the experience. Still, it is entertaining although I would say read the short story first then go for the novel if you wish.