Author(s): C J Cherryh

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The seventeenth novel in Cherryh sForeignerspace opera series, a groundbreakingtale of first contact and its consequences 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."


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PRAISE FOR THE FOREIGNER NOVELS: "Cherryh's splendid Foreigner series remains at the top of my must-keep-up reading list after two decades." Locus "One of the best long-running SF series in existence....provides a riveting plot that emphasizes intense human/alien interaction.... Cherryh remains one of the most talented writers in the field." Publishers Weekly "A seriously probling, thoughtful, intelligent piece of work, with more insight in half a dozen pages than most authors manage in half a hundred." Kirkus "My favorite science fiction series is C.J. Cherryh's Foreigner universe. Cherryh deftly balances alien psychology and human vanities in a character caught between being human and part of an alien race." Denver Post "Cherryh plays her strongest suit in this exploration of human/alien contact, producing an incisive study-in-contrast of what it means to be human in a world where trust is nonexistent." Library Journal "A large new Cherryh novel is always welcome.... A return to the anthropological science fiction in which she has made such a name is a double pleasure.... Superlatively drawn aliens and characterization." Chicago Sun-Times "A standout among Cherryh's generally excellent stories about human-alien relations." Booklist "A rich character dialogue and plot twists will keep you reading long into the night." RT Reviews "C.J. Cherryh is the best writer of first-contact stories in the business.... [The Foreigner series] is her masterwork." SF Site From the Hardcover edition."

C. J. Cherryhplanned to write since the age of ten. When she was older, she learned to use a typewriter while triple-majoring in Classics, Latin, and Greek. With more than seventy books to her credit, and the winner of three Hugo Awards, she is one of the most prolific and highly respected authors in the science fiction field. Cherryh was recently named a Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. She lives in Washington state. She can be found at From the Hardcover edition."

General Fields

  • : 9780756412081
  • : daw
  • : Daw Books
  • : 0.168
  • : April 2017
  • : 170mm X 104mm X 30mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : C J Cherryh
  • : Paperback / softback
  • : English
  • : 813.54
  • : 384