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datab
May 11th, 2011, 06:18 AM
Hi sffans,

You'd think google would be able to find a scifi short story from the '60's/'70's... but no. Perhaps you are taking up valuable memory space with this information?

Somewhere in my crates of scifi books is a short story about an expert tailor (one who makes clothes) who has fallen on hard times. The gov. asks him to make clothes for a horse-like alien ambassador. He does a good job and gets declared "interstellar tailor" on his brand new space-glass window.

Ok, maybe I'm mad for wanting to read this one again. But it just occurred to me (30 years later) that it is a nice parable about dignity. You know how you suddenly realize that the shoot-em-up space-yarn you just read has a deeper message? That sort of thing...

Cheers.

bibliophile2
November 20th, 2012, 09:03 PM
Just read this in _Imperial Stars: Republic and Empire_.
"Custom Fitting" by James White
Good memory, btw :) You captured all the pertinent details, and no merging with other stories.