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His name was Sandor and he was the owner and entire crew of a tramp star-freighter that flew the Union planets under false papers and fake names. Her name was Allison and she was a proud but junior member of the powerful family whose mighty starship, Dublin Again, was the true queen of the spaceways. They met at Viking Station, she seeking a night's dalliance, he desperately in search of a spacer assistant. Their fateful meeting was to lead to a record-breaking race to Downbelow Station, thereby catching the calculating eye of the grim commander of the Alliance battlecraft, Norway, and a terrifying showdown at a deadly destination off the cosmic charts ...
He was a legend--Saukendar, master warrior--but the old Emperor he served had fallen years before. The rightful heir had relinquished his power to the Regent, and the Regent held the land in a grip of fear. Saukendar had left war and politics behind, or so he thought. Broken in body and spirit, he'd built himself a haven on a remote mountaintop to be alone with his memories. His revered name kept bandits away, and the grateful local villagers honored him. But no one dared disturb his privacy ... until Taizu. Scarred, bitter, Taizu wanted revenge--to kill the Regent's henchman who had murdered her family--and she begged Saukendar to teach her his deadly skills. Nothing he said or did could convince her of her folly. And in the end, she had her way: the great Saukendar, bested by the will of a mere peasant girl, joined her on an insane mission that, he was sure, meant death for both of them.
Peacemaker is the fifteenth installment of CJ Cherryh's acclaimed Foreigner series.Civil war on the world of the atevi is finally over. And Cajeiri, son and heir of Tabini-aiji, atevi leader of the dominant Western Association, is about to celebrate his fortunate ninth birthday. Bren Cameron, brilliant human diplomat allied with Tabini, has managed to arrange a visit for Cajeiri's three special associates from the starship Phoenix--ordinary human children who developed a bond with Cajeiri during his two years in space. After a year of political upheaval, this is a happy event: the heir is safe, the aiji is back in power, and a massive celebration is planned in the capital. The whole world is watching. But Bren Cameron has received evidence that security has been severely compromised from the aiji's high office on downward. The powerful Assassins' Guild--which provides the judicial system, law enforcement, and personal protection inatevi society--is in the hands of a man who would like to turn the entire world back two centuries. Bren now knows the details of a decades-old plot that's been threaded through Guild actions since before his arrival on the continent. The enemy's best chance is to strike now, at the public celebration that is much too important and far too advanced to cancel. Bren and his associates have no choice. If they don't make the first move, the other side will. And the lives of the heir, his innocent human guests, and the entire ruling family are at stake.From the Hardcover edition.
This science fantasy which blends Arthurian legend with high-tech space adventure involves Lancelot, Elaine, Percivale and Mordred who are not characters from legend but made people - clone servants designed to serve Lady Dela Kirn aboard a spaceship. C.J.Cherryh has twice won the Hugo Award.
Over three years have passed since the reappearance of the starship Phoenix, which two centuries before left an isolated colony of humans on the world of the volatile atevi. Since that time, humans have lived in exile on the island of Mospheira; but the unexpected return of the Phoenix has shattered the fragile political balance of these two nearly incompatible races. For the captains of the Phoenix offer the atevi something the Mospheiran humans never could--access to the stars.<P> For three breakneck years the atevi labor to build a space shuttle which will bear their representatives to the Phoenix, to strengthen connections with their new human allies and retain their bid for control of their world. But as soon as the shuttle proves spaceworthy, the captains of the Phoenix suddenly recall their planetary delegates, breaking diplomatic contact and initiating a vicious bid for political dominance.<P> But the powerful head of the atevi's Western Association is not to be outmaneuvered, and he sends his own diplomat, or paidhi, Bren Cameron, into space to negotiate. Thrust into a political maelstrom with almost no preparation, can Bren gain control of the station and political supremacy for the atevi without sparking a three-sided interspecies war?<P> The long-running Foreigner series can also be enjoyed by more casual genre readers in sub-trilogy installments. Precursor is the 4th Foreigner novel. It is also the 1st book in the second subtrilogy.
The eighth novel in Cherryh's Foreigner space opera series, a groundbreaking tale of first contact and its consequences...Exhausted from a two-year rescue mission in space, the crew of the starship Phoenix return home to find disaster: civil war has broken out, the powerful Western Association has been overthrown, and Tabini-aiji, its forceful leader, is missing. In a desperate move, paidhi Bren Cameron and Tabini's grandmother Ilisidi, the aiji-dowager, along with with Cajeiri, Tabini's eight-year-old heir, make planetfall and succeed in reaching the mainland. The brilliant and forceful Ilisidi seeks refuge at the estate of an old ally, and Tabini-aiji arrives at the door.As word of Tabini's whereabouts circulates, clans allied with Tabini descend upon the estate, providing a huge civilian presence that everyone involved hopes will deter impending attacks by the usurpers. But as more and more supporting clans arrive, Bren finds himself increasingly isolated, and it becomes clear that both his extremely important report of alien contact in space, and even his life, rest on the shoulders of only two allies: Ilisidi and Cajeiri.Can one elderly ateva and and eight-year-old boy--himself a prime target for assassination--protect Bren, a lone human involved in a civil war that most atevi believe he caused?The long-running Foreigner series can also be enjoyed by more casual genre readers in sub-trilogy installments. Pretender is the 8th Foreigner novel, and the 2nd book in the third subtrilogy.From the Paperback edition.
Exhausted from a two-year rescue mission in space, the crew of the starship Phoenix return home to find disaster: civil war has broken out, the powerful Western Association has been overthrown, and Tabini-aiji, its forceful leader, is missing. In a desperate move, paidhi Bren Cameron and Tabini's grandmother Ilisidi, the aiji-dowager, along with with Cajeiri, Tabini's eight-year-old heir, make planetfall and succeed in reaching the mainland. The brilliant and forceful Ilisidi seeks refuge at the estate of an old ally, and Tabini-aiji arrives at the door.<P> As word of Tabini's whereabouts circulates, clans allied with Tabini descend upon the estate, providing a huge civilian presence that everyone involved hopes will deter impending attacks by the usurpers. But as more and more supporting clans arrive, Bren finds himself increasingly isolated, and it becomes clear that both his extremely important report of alien contact in space, and even his life, rest on the shoulders of only two allies: Ilisidi and Cajeiri.<P> Can one elderly ateva and and eight-year-old boy--himself a prime target for assassination--protect Bren, a lone human involved in a civil war that most atevi believe he caused?<P> The long-running Foreigner series can also be enjoyed by more casual genre readers in sub-trilogy installments. Pretender is the 8th Foreigner novel. It is also the 2nd book in the third subtrilogy.
No one at Meetpoint Station had ever seen a creature like the Outsider. Naked-hided, blunt toothed and blunt-fingered, Tully was the sole surviving member of his company of humans-a communicative, spacefaring species hitherto unknown-and he was a prisoner of his discoverers and captors-the sadistic, treacherous kif-until his escape onto the hani ship The Pride of Chanur
It's coming up on Cajeiri's birthday. The boy has been promised he can have the young human children he knew from his voyage sent down from the space station for a two week stay. But there's far a darker business going on in the background--a major split compromising the Assassins' Guild, which furnishes security and law enforcement to the whole continent. Tabini's consort's own father has been barred from court, and may be involved in a new conspiracy against him. For safety reasons, Tabini wants Bren and Ilisidi to take charge of Cajeiri, and protect him and his young guests. They themselves are very likely targets of whatever's going on, no question of it. So is Cajeiri. But having the targets separated and contained is an advantage. It's Bren's responsibility to entertain the guests, keep the security problem secret...and let a lonely eight-year-old prince reestablish his controversial relationship with the only other children he's ever met...inside the best security they can manage. The long-running Foreigner series can also be enjoyed by more casual genre readers in sub-trilogy installments. Protector is the 14th Foreigner novel. It is also the 2nd book in the fifth subtrilogy.
The long-awaited sequel to the Hugo award-winning novels Cyteen and Downbelow Station. The direct sequel to Cyteen, Regenesis continues the story of Ariane Emory, Personal Replicate, the genetic clone of one of the greatest scientists humanity has ever produced, and of her search for the murderer of her progenitor-the original Ariane Emory. Murder, politics, deception, and genetic and psychological manipulation combine against a backdrop of interstellar human factions at odds to confront questions that have remained unanswered for two decades... Who killed the original Ariane Emory? And can her Personal Replicate avoid the same fate?
[from inside flaps] "Meet Elizabeth Yeager, "Spacer, machinist, temp." A refugee waiting for a ship to call home, Bet Yeager was once a marine. Now she's on the run. In the action-packed tradition of Robert A. Heinlein's Starship Troopers, David A. Drake's Hammer's Stammers, and her own bestselling Chanur series, C.J. Cherryh returns to the Hugo Award-winning setting of Downbelow Station and Merchanter's Luck for hard-edged, tough-minded adventure beyond the lawless edge of interstellar culture. Here the line between space soldier and star pirate is as thin as a laser, and a lethal struggle for power can be as near as the officers' deck. In this world Yeager has hit bottom; she's jobless, homeless, and starving on Thule, a nearly abandoned station in the by-passed Hinder Stars. Sleeping in toilets, killing to save her body, stealing to stay alive, she feels her hopes die...until the Loki docks. It's a spook: a mercenary warship barely legitimated by Alliance documents as a free-lance bounty hunter and spy vessel--a ship whose captain has no qualms about signing on a "machinist" with no papers and a shady past, not to mention murder charges hanging over her head. But escape from Thule is no refuge, for Loki is crewed by Bet Yeager's sworn enemies. The spooks are hunting the remnant of the outlaw Earth Company fleet... fliers considered outlaws only because they lost a war...fliers from the fleet that Bet Yeager has loyally served her whole life. Now, trapped aboard a tin can in deep space where a single wrong word might give her away, Yeager must seek and destroy her old comrades without arousing the suspicions of her crewmates. Her position will become even more precarious when she dares to defend the ship's pariah, NG Ramey. A victim unfairly, hellishly abused by Loki's sadistic First Officer, Ramey is merely a pawn in a vicious struggle between shipboard factions and ambitious officers for control of the vessel. Suddenly Yeager is in the center of the conflict. Drawing attention from all sides, she had no allies, no way to fight, nowhere to hide, no way to get out. Only Fleet training and fighting skills can save Bet Yeager now. Because once enlisted, no one leaves a spook ship alive ..."
From the book jacket: Majat memory stretched back across the ages, to a time long before the Hives became known as Blue, Green, Red and Gold, to accommodate human beings' limited perceptions. The majat had killed the first men to visit their world, but they learned a great deal from that initial contact -knowledge that was passed down as needed through each succeeding generation of Workers, Drones, Warriors and Queens. In time a Pact was made... a trade agreement that put the sector of space known as Serpent's Reach off limits to all but a few men, and gave one Family sole control of commerce. That Family was the Kontrin, a clan whose genes had been altered to give its members centuries -long lives, and memories. The Meth-maren were Hive Friends to the Blue majat, and so enjoyed a special place within the Family. Yet other Houses coveted the Meth-marens' holdings, never quite understanding their relationship with the majat, but willing to exploit it. Raen a Sul Meth-maren was very young when the machinations of her distant kin erupted into a bloodbath. It was only chance that spared Raen's life that day, and the pain of her wounds was nothing compared to the fury in her soul. Heartsick, close to death, she sought out the only possible allies she had left on that world, not even sure that they would help her. But the Blue Hive accepted her, healed her-and in return, she introduced an entirely new concept into the Hive mind. Revenge. Years passed and Raen bided her time. She traveled among the inner worlds of the Reach, exercising her Kontrin privileges and powers as her whims dictated. There were Betas for her to talk to-a secondary human race, originally bred and subtly programmed by the early Kontrin settlers. And there were Azi -clones created by the Betas to perform specific duties until their bodies automatically malfunctioned at age 40. Neither group was fit company for the last of the Meth-marens, yet Raen endured them, looking ahead to the future. Then, on a voyage to the outermost planet of the Reach, Raen encountered Betas with an intriguing tale to tell, an Azi unlike any other, and a Blue Warrior who remembered her contribution to the the Mind. And she knew her time had come ...
The Empire of Sabis was falling, besieged by the army of a more powerful empire and by hostile wizards. A small group of philosopher-scientists could reverse the tide if they could convince the rulers of Sabis to build the deadly new weapon that they have invented: the cannon. But when the rulers prove too short-sighted and Sabis falls, the scientists flee, disguising their knowledge under the cover of religion. Though centuries will pass and the Sabirn race will be oppressed and persecuted, the powerful knowledge will be preserved in secret by the Order. And the time will come when only one thing stands against destruction by a ruthless and invincible barbarian horde: The Sword of Knowledge.
Tracker is the sixteenth installment of CJ Cherryh's acclaimed Foreigner series.It's been a year of upheaval, since Bren Cameron's return from space--a year when he and the aiji-dowager, one of his most powerful atevi allies, returned home from their two-year interstellar mission to find the government overthrown and their world in chaos. Now, at last, things are calming down; the Assassins' Guild is functioning again, working out its internal difficulties, and Bren is settling back into his routine: not as Lord of the Heavens; not--to his regret--as Lord of Najida peninsula, where his leisure estate is located; but as paidhi-aiji, an official in the atevi court. His current ambition is to keep himself and his bodyguard out of harm's way, and to shepherd the aiji-dowager's daring new trade agreement through the appropriate legislative committees. Combined with Tabini-aiji's recent appointment of his young son Cajeiri as his official heir, Bren's workload is challenging, but at least things on the atevi world seem to be on the right track. Something is coming, however, quietly, stealthily, just the first ominous twinkle of a new star in the heavens....From the Hardcover edition.
Ciaran was fey, he had the touch of Sidhe on him. What should have been a blessing was as much a curse, for jealousy and fear grew in the lands of men. Ciaran must once again put his humanity aside, reclaim his haunted weapons from the Tree of Sword.
A social outcast, Thomas Bowe is caught between the rivalry of two merchant spaceships, one headed by his father and one by the woman whom his father had raped long ago.
The politics of religious factions and noble houses in the sprawling, water-logged city of Merovingen grow deadlier in this latest collection of stories set in Cherryh's shared world of Merovin. Weaving in and out of the title story are stories by Mercedes Lackey, Nancy Asire, Janet Morris, and other regular series contributors. Followers of the adventures of canal boater Altair Jones and her Hightown lover Thomas Mondragon will want this title.
"Cassandra"ùthe Hugo Award-winning tale of a woman cursed with a unique, prophetic madness. "Threads of Time"ùan unforgettable reminder that when you play tricks in time, Time itself may play the greatest trick on you. "The Last Tower"ùin which an old man discovers how an "ally" may conquer defenses an enemy could never breach. "The Brothers"ùa brand-new story set in a land of castles, kings, and curses, where the Fair Folk presume to meddle in the affairs of men. So check your boarding pass one more time, then settle back to while away a traveler's wait with these and the other interstellar tales gathered for you
The human and atevi inhabitants of Alpha Station, orbiting the world of the atevi, have picked up a signal from an alien kyo ship telling them that the ship is inbound toward Alpha. Five thousand of the inhabitants of Alpha are human refugees from the now derelict Reunion Station. They have seen this scenario before, when a single kyo ship swooped into the Reunion system and, without a word, melted a major section of Reunion Station with a single pass. These refugees, who were rescued through the combined efforts of an allied group of humans and atevi and brought to safety at Alpha, are now desperate with fear.Bren Cameron--brilliant human emissary of Tabini-aiji, the powerful atevi political leader on the mainland below, and also the appointee of the human president of the island nation of Mospheira--is the obvious choice of representative to be sent up to deal with both the panicked refugees and the incoming alien ship.As a member of the spacefaring delegation who rescued the refugees, Bren has talked to kyo before--and even won their trust by saving one of their kind from a Reunioner prison. Because of his remarkable diplomatic and linguistic abilities, Bren managed to communicate with that grateful kyo individual on a limited basis, and he has evidence that that same kyo is on the ship heading to defenseless Alpha Station.But no one can predict what an alien race might do, or what their motivations could be.And Bren Cameron, the only human ever to be accepted into atevi society, is now the one individual with a hope of successfully interacting with the crew of the incoming ship. But Bren knows it will take putting himself in the hands of the kyo.Can Bren count on the gratitude of one individual alien to save his life and the lives of thousands on Alpha Station?From the Hardcover edition.
The ship in view was like nothing human-built, a disc cradled in a frame warted with bubbles of no sensible geometry. The generation vanes, if that was what those projections were, stretched about it in a tangle of webbing as if some mad spider had been at work, veiling that toadish lump in gossamer. Lightnings flickered multicolor in the webs and reflected off the warted body, a repeated sequence of pulses. Lindy, on her own, facing the leviathan, sent out a pulse. No. Negative. Reverse. Keep away from us.The bogey kept coming, but slower, feather-soft for something of its power, as if it drifted.
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