Get Off the Unicorn is a collection of 14 science fiction short stories by Anne McCaffrey, 12 of which had been published previously in various magazines and collections. It was first published by Del Rey Books in June 1977.

The title is actually a mistake by the publisher, who did not understand the archaic definition of «Get» (meaning offspring)… the title was supposed to be «Get of the Unicorn», but by the time the error was discovered, the book was already in print.


  • Lady in the Tower — Originally published in 1959
  • A Meeting of Minds — Originally published in 1969
  • Daughter — Originally published in 1971
  • Dull Drums — Originally published in 1973
  • Changeling — First published
  • Weather on Welladay — Originally published in 1969
  • The Thorns of Barevi — Originally published in 1970
  • Horse From a Different Sea — First published
  • The Great Canine Chorus — Originally published in 1971
  • Finder's Keeper — Originally published in 1973
  • A Proper Santa Claus — Originally published in 1973
  • The Smallest Dragonboy — Originally published in 1973 (a Pern story)
  • Apple — Originally published in 1969
  • Honeymoon — First published

Several of these short stories were later expanded to become novels by McCaffrey. Lady in the Tower was expanded to become The Rowan. A Meeting of Minds was incorporated into Damia (The Tower and Hive series). The Thorns of Barevi became Freedom's Landing. Finder's Keepers became part of the Talent story.

Honeymoon ties up the loose end of the Helva & Niall — The Ship Who… series[1].

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  1. Anne McCaffrey (1977) Get off the Unicorn ISBN 0-552-10965-7 p278
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