Another reader writes in with a story description looking for a title. Do any of our readers out there know the title of this story?
I am looking for a book title from the 1980s or 1990s. The book is about an alien race of wispy, energy like creatures, that is being attacked by a alien (reptilian?) race. The two races had lived in a symbiotic relationship, with the physical aliens providing a physical presence. But something about the physical aliens — a policy change of some sort, I think — caused the wispy aliens to withdraw. The opening scene was basically about this withdrawal — all of the symbiotes had left except the symbiote in an old man, who was (1) considered honorable by his symbiote and (2) about to die anyway. I must admit that I never finished the book, but now I would like to.– Chris W.
Can you name this story?