The Woman Who Loved the Centaur Pholus


  • First publication
    • Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, 1979
  • Wolfe collection(s)
  • Other anthologies
    • Bestiary!, 1985

Wolfe's comments from the Introduction to Endangered Species

There was no comment about this story in the introduction.


Genetic engineering allows the creation of mythological beasts, in this case a real centaur.


  • "So like they were..." is from The Battle of Lake Regillus by Thomas Babbington Macaulay, in his ôLays of Ancient Rome."
  • "O'er the green waves..." is from "Amphitrite, Wife of Neptune and Goddess of the Sea" by Darwin (ancestor of Charles Darwin).
  • "All hail, beloved birds..." is from a translation of The Cranes of Ibycus by Friedrich Schiller.
  • "Will thou yet take all, Galilean?" is from Hymn To Proserpine by Algernon Charles Swinburne.
  • "O Father Jove..." is from the Illiad.
  • "Midst others of less note..." is from Adonais - Part II by Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • Pholus was a wise centaur who was a friend of Herakles (Hercules).

Unresolved Questions

  • Was it A or was it B, or was it X or Z?
  • Was it he or was it she, or was it you or me?
  • Who dunnit?
  • Did the Star Child really start WWIII at the end of 2001?

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