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Nor Crystal Tears (1982) is a first contact novel about the meeting of the insect-like thranx and humans written by Alan Dean Foster that started the Humanx Commonwealth. It is written from the perspective of the thranx and the cultural lens through which they encounter "alien" humans. Foster would further expand on this theme, using another (unrelated) alien race, the furry Quozl in their eponymous novel.
The story follows a thranx, Ryozenzuzex (i.e. Ryo, of Family Zen, clan Zu, Hive Zex) who was an odd number hatching (thranx offspring almost always come in multiples of two) making him somewhat different from his brethern. Setting himself aside as different Ryo decides that he has to know what is the secret of the new spacefaring race that supposedly wear "their skeletions inside". To accomplish this un-thranxlike task Ryo travels from his home planet, Willowane, to the ice caps of the thranx homeworld, Hivehom.