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Alliance Space
     

Alliance Space

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by C. J. Cherryh
 

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Two Alliance-Union novels, Merchanter's Luck and Forty Thousand in Gehenna, bound in one omnibus volume for the first time!

Merchanter's Luck—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

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Two Alliance-Union novels, Merchanter's Luck and Forty Thousand in Gehenna, bound in one omnibus volume for the first time!

Merchanter's Luck—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 Pell 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.

Forty Thousand In Gehenna—When forty thousand human colonists are abandoned for political reasons on a planet called Gehenna, and re-supply ships fail to arrive, collapse seems imminent. Yet over the next two centuries, the descendants of the original colonists survive despite all odds by entering a partnership with the planet’s native intelligence—the lizard-like, burrowing calibans.

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Praise for the novels of Alliance Space:

"Merchanter's Luck is a story of transformation, not magical or mysterious but accomplished slowly through hard work. It is also about the power of misunderstanding and the courage of trust.... Filled with background details, customs, and a past, Merchanter's Luck is another exceptional C.J. Cherryh novel." —Science Fiction Review

"Cherryh's talent for inventing fully realized and detailed societies improves an already good adventure." —Library Journal

"Well worked out, fun and well worth your money. Enjoy." —Analog

"Cherryh tantalizes our minds with these enigmatic aliens, captures our hearts with her characters, and involves us completely with her mix of broad and narrow views of a culture's rise. Once again, Cherryh proves herself a consistently thoughtful and entertaining writer." —Publishers Weekly

"When Cherryh is writing at her best, there are few in the field who can touch her, and this is very close to being her very best.... One of the most thoughtful novels of the past few years." —S. F. Chronicle

"In the guise of crisp, science-oriented speculation and adventure, [40,000 in Gehenna] proves to be a wider exploration of alienness, sexual roles, and humanity." —Locus

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756404949
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
03/04/2008
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
735,108
Product dimensions:
4.30(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

C. J. Cherryh planned 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 cherryh.com.

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Alliance Space 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I can't wait for more of C.J. Cherryh's older books to come out.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Merchant's Luck is a great story, and I thought the main character was very well developed. It's the story of a lonely man finally getting some luck and trying to stand on his own. The only drawback was that it ended too soon; C.J. could have expanded the story and I would have gladly read it. The second story however left a lot to be desired; 40,000 in Gehenna is about a space colony abandoned by the government and left to its own devices. Years pass and we see the colony having cult like followings with the local lizard like creature the "Calibans." C.J. barely lets us know anything about the creatures. Since they play such a big role in the story; not understanding them is a major setback to knowing how the ending is "acceptable." 5 stars for Merchants Luck and 3 stars for Gehenna.
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This is really two separate books. Both stories are set in the same universe, but that is all that they have in common. It might have been better if the second story was a continuation of the first. The first story is an interesting story about a merchant spacer who is running his operation on a thread and takes tons of chances just to get by. He has many faults and it is an interesting story. The second takes place over several generations on a planet that is being colonized. There are strange lizard like creatures that are already on the planet and the colonists begin to understand that the lizards have their own kind of sentience. This of course leads to conflict and a not so great story that leaves you caring less about the characters or the point of the story.