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"I can remember when the first pulsars were discovered. I was able to go and sit down and listen to graduate students talking about what their theories, to explain what pulsars really were."
- Vernor Vinge

Caleban Contact  
  A form of telepathy based on the use of unimaginably enormous amounts of energy.  

Stars, it turns out, are conscious beings. They can, if they wish, communicate with people. They call it "nodal involvement".

The tops of the buildings beyond the park became a palette where the sunset laid out its final display of the day.

In that instant, the Caleban contact caught him and he felt his body slip into the helpless communications trance. The mental tendrils were immediately identified - Fannie Mae. And he thought, as he often had, what an improbable name that was for a star entity.

"You admire one of us," she said, indicating his attention on the sun which had just set beyond the buildings… She was a star burning with atomic fires, her seat of consciousness unimaginable to other sentients.

From The Dosadi Experiment, by Frank Herbert.
Published by Berkley Putnam in 1977
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This particular star had a great deal of affection for McKie, because he had saved her some years earlier. Herbert tells this tale in "The Whipping Star."

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