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Years ago, maybe '80s-'90s, I read what I remember as a short story.

It was about an Earth crew stationed on a planet near the edge of our solar system. A sun appeared at the edge of our solar system, then disappeared and reappeared. The crew named the sun "Ronin." The members decided to hitch a ride with it the next time it appeared.

When they did, it took them to alternate versions of our solar system. One was silicon-based. There, they came in contact with a jellyfish-like race living in the upper atmosphere of Jupiter. A Jovian ship was coming to greet them until they realized that in this solar system, they were food to the jellyfish-like race. They had to escape, but the Ronin sun did not have a regular cycle. Of course, it appeared just in time.

This short story might have been in a paperback anthology. I remember paperback, but a lot of my sci-fi is in paperback.

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  • They gave a Japanese-flavored name -- was the rest of the story/setting Japanese flavored as well?
    – Zeiss Ikon
    Jan 24 at 19:58
  • @ZeissIkon, the rest of the story and setting was not Japanese-flavored, only the name of the sun. I suppose the crew named it that because ... well, it would be a master, not a masterless samurai. The rest of the story and setting was definitely "American" sci-fi.
    – robwired
    Jan 25 at 22:08
  • Or perhaps because it was a dangerous wanderer...
    – Zeiss Ikon
    Jan 26 at 13:03

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