The collection Crashlander brings together the short stories featuring the space pilot Beowulf Shaeffer.
Each of the stories is linked, and in some cases extended, by a framing story, "Ghost". This story recounts Shaeffer's reunion with a ghostwriter whom Shaeffer had used to write the stories "Neutron Star" and "At the Core", Ander Smittarasheed.
Ander, working for ARM agent Sigmund Ausfaller, has come to question him about his dealings with Pierson's Puppeteers, General Products and Carlos Wu, as well as what happened to Wu and ARM agent Feather Filip. Wu, Shaeffer and Sharrol Janss and their children, Tanya and Louis Wu, had secretly emigrated from Earth to the planet Fafnir to escape the control of Earth's United Nations government and the ARM.
Neutron Star, At The Core, Flatlander, and Grendel were previously included in the 1968 collection Neutron Star.
Most of the stories in the collection are retold from the point of view of Sigmund Ausfaller in Juggler of Worlds.
Beowulf Shaeffer stories
Neutron Star, the first story in the Beowulf Shaeffer series.
At the Core, the second story in the series.
Flatlander, the third story in the series.
Grendel, the fourth story in the series.
Borderland of Sol, fifth story about Beowulf Shaeffer
Procrustes, the sixth story in the series.
Ghost, the framing story in the collection Crashlander.
Fly-By-Night, the seventh story in the series, written after Crashlander.