After intercepting a spaceship of extraordinarily high capability, crewed by creatures from a world nine light years distant, the judge warrior, Duun-atani instigates the genetic engineering of a child from the last of the spaceship's crew. Dunn calls the resulting boy - Thorn.
Duun hopes that, Thorn, after becoming integrated into their society and, through the use of archive recordings found on the spaceship, will become sufficiently well versed in... Cyteen
Cyteen is a Hugo Award-winning science fiction novel by C. J. Cherryh, part of her Union-Alliance universe.
Cyteen is the capital planet of Union, one of the two major human space powers, and the research facility of Reseune is its heart. Union is heavily dependent on azi, human clones who are trained, psychologically conditioned and even given fake memories by "tape" (fed into their minds by machines); Reseune is responsible for nearly all high-level... Defender - Foreigner 5
Three more years have passed, the space station has been considerably refurbished and a new star ship is under construction.
All is going well, but Bren Cameron finds himself at a loss as to why Tabini wanted him to hurry down to the planet to attend a strange funeral ceremony, have a brief chit-chat and then have him hurry back to the space station.
Shortly afterwards, Stani Ramirez, a senior captain dies, and Bren discovers he has been left ou... Destroyer
Daw, Feb 2005, 24.95, 480 pp.
The Atevi send the spaceship Phoenix to Reunion Station where the inhabitants encountered the sentient space faring Kyo who planned to blow up the facility because it was in territory they considered theirs. Deploying diplomacy, interpreter and Human-Atevi advisor Bren Cameron convinces the Kyo to allow the four thousand inhabitants to peacefully leave and then the space station would belong to the K...
This is the first novel of Cherryh's Alliance/Union series.
Conrad Mazian's Company Fleet is losing an interstellar war with Union, due to lack of support from an oblivious Earth. Union is composed of breakaway colonies which use Azi (artificially born, second-class human beings who are given memories and training via "tape") to expand their population and economy, a practice abhorred by Earth and the merchanters (families who crew freighter starships... Explorer
Daw, November 2002, 23.95, 480 pp.
The human spaceship Phoenix is on a course that will take them to the Reunion Space Station, which was thought to have been destroyed by unknown aliens. On board the ship are the crew, the Mosphierans and the alien sentient race the atevi, all who have a stake in the outcome of this mission. Upon arrival at their destination, the Phoenix communicates with an alien vessel, whose occupants insist... Finity's End
A very good (and well written) alliance/union novel. The central character is forced to integrate into a shipboard crew/family he has never known, after living his early life (happily) elsewhere. The backdrop is the the ship's position in major negotiation of change afoot in the universe. While the protaginist has a small part to play, the reader is emotionally involved in him throughout.
... Foreigner: A Novel of First Contact
... Forge of Heaven
Eos, Jun 2004, 24.95, 416 pp.
Two galactic empires overlap at the remote Concord Station that orbits a wasteland orb. Nanotechnical war between humans from Earth and beings from the Ondat Empire fought here and devastated this tiny seemingly worthless planet and its station because the antagonists realize the strategic value of the outpost to observe the edges of the enemy. Ages have passed since the maelstrom of HAMMERFALL en... Fortress In The Eye Of Time
Tristen has been called forth by an obviously powerful magician. He does not know why; Nor do the people he believes he was sent to. He learns to fear and to love among his new friends. He also realizes that his friends love and fear him: not knowing if he is evil called forth or a great source of help. He finds amazing skills in himself and finds the true enemy he came to battle on a war field only he has the power to enter. He must find the strength to...
C.J. Cherryh list of books
Forty Thousand in Gehenna
Forty Thousand in Gehenna is a science fiction novel set in C. J. Cherryh's Union-Alliance universe.
Forty thousand Union humans and azi (human clones who grow up learning and being psychologically conditioned by "tape", i.e. machine learning) are sent to the newly discovered Gehenna, one of a very few habitable planets. They are unaware that Union intends from the very start to abandon them there; it is inevitable that the planet will fall under the ... Hammerfall
Eos, Jul 2001, 25.00, 400 pp.
Since he was eight, Marak did his best to conceal the visions he saw and ignore the voices he heard because he knew either condition is considered a sign of madness. Those who are deemed mad are turned over to the Ila. Until he turned thirty, Marak successfully hid his delicate situation. He joined the war against the Ila, trying to break into the great city where she lived in splendid securit... Inheritor
In a period of a little over six months Bren Cameron has been catapulted from a fairly relaxed routine of Paidhi (interpreter), researcher, and intermediary to one in which atevi and human resources are geared toward an accelerated space programme. A space programme that had been little more than an exercise in atevi-human co-operation until the spaceship Phoenix had suddenly appeared and docked at the long ago abandoned space-station high in orbit above... Invader
Still recovering from his injuries, and with his position within the Tabini camp established, Bren Cameron is forced to return to the atevi mainland to be further immersed in the ongoing political turmoil initiated by the return of the spaceship, Phoenix, that had brought the first humans to the atevi's planet. Now Bren Cameron has to contend with factions amongst the atevi and some new ones from his own side,everyone wanting to make sure that whatever t... Merchanter's Luck
One of Cheryh's excellent Alliance-Union series..
Sandor Kreja has run his family's merchanter ship alone for many years, by hook or by crook, after his family were murdered. However when he's in a hole he has to take on a new crew, and learn how to work and interact in a small societal element again. ... Precursor
Three years have passed, and the co-operative labours of the Mospheirans, the atevi, and the captains of the star-ship Phoenix has resulted in the successful completion of a working space-shuttle. But as Bren Cameron is soon to find out, the captains are divided in their motives.
In order to maintain the peace and promote progress Bren Cameron must rally the star-ship's crew for the general good and in support of those captains who are more forward t...
C.J. Cherryh novels
Rimrunners is a science fiction novel set in C. J. Cherry's Union-Alliance universe, chronologically after Downbelow Station.
Veteran Fleet Marine Master Sergeant Elizabeth "Bet" Yeager is one of those left behind on Downbelow Station when Conrad Mazian is forced to launch his battle fleet on an unsuccessful coup attempt against Earth prematurely. With the Fleet outlawed by all three human space powers, Bet is constantly on the run, using fake identit... The Paladin
Set on revenge, the scarred Taizu turns for help to the reclusive swordmaster, Shoka, who refuses her as he does all others; his skills not for hire. But Taizu persists. So Shoka - reckoning it unlikely that she will master the sword, or even if she does, time will have mellowed her outlook and she will be content to remain as his companion - acquiesces. Taizu gains skill with the sword, and she and Shoka share his bed. But her desire for revenge is und... Tripoint
Whilst investigating the cargo of his father's, merchant- ship, Corinthian, Thomas- Bowe-Hawkins is kidnapped by members of its crew, who take him to be a possible spy for the authorities of Mariner station. The Corinthian departs with its cargo, and shortly after its drop out of jump, Thomas is released from the Corinthian's brig to be confronted by the father has never met, the ship's captain, Austin Bowe, the man who in a drunken R & R session raped T...