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I read this story around 1996. It was probably no more than 10-15 years old then. It was in an anthology book which may have been Nebula showcase or Hugo winners anthology but may have been an original multiauthor anthology. In the story, a lady is looking for her sister and travels to the planet where she was last known to be. She hikes into the wilderness, eventually finding natives familiar with her sister. In the story, memories can be transferred by ingestion of brain matter, and the protagonist is able to discover what happened to her sister, maybe from a native who has her sister's memories through that mechanism. Parts of my recollection could be way off, but that's the essence of it that I remember. Thanks to anyone who has any ideas!

Edit for additional info after reading the guide to asking questions: hardback book, anthology with science fiction stories from multiple authors; i don't think it was an author i was very familiar with at the time, so not niven, asimov, heinlein, clarke, probably not one of the really bigtime authors at the time but it could have been someone like swanwick who i just hadn't been exposed to much. The natives were humanoid, and I think maybe hairy. They were felt to be savage or uncivilized but i don't think necessarily warlike or violent. Lived in small groups i think. The missing sister may have been on the planet for an anthropological science mission. I feel like there were not many humans on the planet.

  • Hi, welcome to SF&F! This is an interesting question; it tickles my memory a bit even. Maybe if you take a look at the suggestions for writing questions it might help you remember some details that you can edit into your question. (Suggestions include things like what the cover of the book looked like.) – DavidW Feb 22 at 21:34
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    Gaining memories from someone you eat was also central to the story "Hunting Rights" which I read in the May '88 issue of Analog. – DavidW Feb 23 at 5:29
  • This is tickling my memory as well . IIRC it was a woman author but not Marion Zimmer Bradley – DannyMcG Feb 23 at 18:45
  • Thanks, DavidW, for the info about the story "Hunting Rights". Although I see at ISFDB that that story doesn't seem to have been picked up for any anthologies, I can't rule it out because I did occasionally pick up an old issue of Analog back then and may be mistaken about the material I read it in. Do you remember if it had any other features in common with the story I seek? – arb Feb 23 at 21:22
  • Danny3414: I also feel like it was a female author, but I may remember it that way because of the female protagonist viewpoint. – arb Feb 23 at 21:26

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