C. J. Cherryh

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Author Review: C. J. Cherryh (1942 – Present)
Review Written By: Digger

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Biography

C. J. Cherryh’s real name is Carolyn Janice Cherry. She was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1942. Her initial career was as a teacher of Classics, but she is now a full time writer. Her first book Gate of Ivrel was published in 1976. She is an accomplished photographer and artist in addition to her writing skills. In 1977 she won the John W. Campbell award for best new writer, and has won the Hugo award 3 times and been nominated a further 3 times. She is a prolific writer with over 50 novels to her credit at the time of this review (1999), and numerous short stories and collaborations.

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Writing Style

Cherryh's writing flows across the page. She tends to delve deeply into the motivations, and emotional state of her characters; therefore, although the plots are always well drawn, her books are not a full-fledged race from one action scene to another. Definitely for the more thoughtful reader, she draws extensively on her interests in anthropology, botany, climatology and engineering. She writes both science fiction and fantasy novels. Her science fiction works provide sufficient technical explanation to make the worlds believable, without being Asimov-like expositions of advanced physics and engineering. She appears to have a particular interest in the evolution of intelligent predators and this theme runs through several of her series.

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Body of Work

Alliance / Union Universe

Heavy Time
Hellburner
Downbelow Station 
Merchanters Luck
Rimrunners
Tripoint
Finity's End
Cyteen
Forty Thousand in Gehenna 
Faded Sun
Kesrith
Kutath
Shon'Jir
Serpents Reach
Brothers of Earth
Hunter of Worlds 

Chanur

The Pride of Chanur
Chanur's Venture
The Kif Strike Back
Chanur's Homecoming
Chanur's Legacy

The Dreaming Tree

The Dreamstone
The Tree of Swords and Jewels

Foreigner

Foreigner
Invader
Inheritor
Precursor

The Fortress

Fortress in the Eye of Time
Fortress of Eagles
Fortress of Owls
Fortress of Dragon

The Morgaine Series

Gate of Ivrel
Well of Shiuan
Fires of Azeroth
Exile's Gate

Riders

Rider at the Gate
Cloud's Rider

Russian Series

Chernevog
Rusaika
Yvgenie

Miscellaneous

Hestia
Wave without a Shore
Voyager in Night
The Paladin
Cuckoo's Egg

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