The Collected Short Fiction of C.J. Cherryh

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Daw is thrilled to present the first and only complete and comprehensive volume of C.J. Cherryh's short fiction in trade paperback

Featuring the short stories, novellas, and novelettes-including the award-winning story, Cassandra, and a new novella written specifically for this book-of the multiple award-winning author, this volume is a must-have for fans and newcomers alike.

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Overview

Daw is thrilled to present the first and only complete and comprehensive volume of C.J. Cherryh's short fiction in trade paperback

Featuring the short stories, novellas, and novelettes-including the award-winning story, Cassandra, and a new novella written specifically for this book-of the multiple award-winning author, this volume is a must-have for fans and newcomers alike.

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Millions of C. J. Cherryh fans should be preparing thank-you letters to DAW for having the insight to collect into one volume Cherryh's short stories, novellas, and novelettes. Included in the collection are the Hugo Award–winning "Cassandra" and classics like "The Unshadowed Land" and "Mech," as well as a never-before-published Sunfall story!

"Masks," the new Sunfall tale, takes place in a quixotic Venice of the far future -- a "city at war between sea and land, a city that has found a unique way to be modern, and still to remain so perfectly ancient." Forced into a marriage by her materialistic grandmother, young Giacinta vows to follow her heart, even if it means dishonor and almost certain death. In "Companions," Paul Warren is the last explorer left alive on an idyllic planet after a mysterious plague kills the rest of his team. Left alone with just the ship's artificial intelligence, he searches the lush planet for another sentient form of life -- and finds it in the unlikeliest of places. In 1977's "The Dark King," Death gets outsmarted by King Sisyphos in Corinth when the dark twin of Sleep comes for the king's soul.

Admirers of Cherryh's internationally renowned novels -- Downbelow Station, the Faded Sun trilogy (Kesrith, Shon'jir, Kutath), the epic Foreigner sequence, et al. -- need to read this masterful collection of her short works. Highly intelligent and inexhaustibly imaginative, this versatile collection should be cherished for decades to come. Much more than entertainment, The Collected Short Fiction of C. J. Cherryh is literary history unearthed. Paul Goat Allen

Publishers Weekly
Sure to appeal to Cherryh enthusiasts as well as initiates, this omnibus volume gathers the stories from two out-of-print collections, Sunfall (1981) and Visible Light (1986), plus 16 additional tales. The majority showcase the author's talent for depicting the effect of history on individuals. In the Sunfall stories, about a far-future Earth where the Sun has begun to cool, Cherryh dramatizes how the inhabitants of such cities as Paris, London and Moscow might cope with gradual cultural and physical collapse. "Masks," a new Sunfall story original to this book, portrays carnevale revels in a far-future Venice as if it were again an independent city-state. The Visible Light section, which includes the Hugo-winning "Cassandra," highlights her skill at creating poignant, believable characters embedded in political and personal conflicts. Notable in the miscellaneous group is "Pots," which simultaneously recapitulates differing priorities in the politics and science of archeology. Its basic premise, that archeological truth is not always acceptable to those in power, could equally describe the past or the future of this science. Some may wish that the author's brief general introduction and new introduction to the Visible Light stories were more substantial, but all readers should appreciate her short fiction's lyrical blend of SF and fantasy. (Feb. 1) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
From a cycle of tales depicting the futures of the world's great cities beneath a dying sun ("Sunfall")-which includes a story written specifically for this collection ("Masks")-to a tale of a family blessed and cursed by the sea ("Sea Change"), the 29 short stories, novellas, and novelettes gathered here represent the best of Cherryh's short fiction. Known primarily for such novels as Cuckoo's Egg and the "Chanur" series, Cherryh demonstrates a fine flair for compact storytelling that encompasses science, fantasy, and myth. For most libraries. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756405267
  • Publisher: DAW
  • Publication date: 10/7/2008
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 736
  • Sales rank: 949,613
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.70 (h) x 1.70 (d)

Meet the Author

C. J. Cherryh planned to write since the age of ten. When she was older, she learned to use a type writer while triple-majoring in Classics, Latin and Greek. At 33, she signed over her first three books to DAW and has worked with DAW ever since. She can be found at cherryh.com.

C. J. Cherryh planned to write since the age of ten. When she was older, she learned to use a type writer while triple-majoring in Classics, Latin and Greek. At 33, she signed over her first three books to DAW and has worked with DAW ever since. She can be found at cherryh.com.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2004

    strong collection

    This is an interesting collection that is divided into three categories: Sunfall, Visible Light, and other stories. Fans of the author will appreciate that her talent with short stories matches that of her novels. Newcomers will gain a wonderful taste of one of the best speculative fiction authors of the past two plus decades. <P>The Sunfall tales were mostly published in the early 1980s collection with one new one never seen before this addition. These nine fabulous stories focus on life in the cities as the sun begins to cool. <P>The eight wonderful tales that make up the Visible Light anthology were released in the mid 1980s. These delightful stories focus on individuals who in many cases could be you or me overwhelmed by external conflict often outside their control. <P>The other section is more of a potpourri that contains fifteen interesting contributions, but though each one is well written, they also feel like fill-in material at least in this anthology. Even the strongest tale of the book, Pots in which archeological truths fail to stand up to political realities, seems out of place. <P>To overcome that feeling of displacement, this reviewer read the collected short fiction as if there were three short story books. Each one provides plenty of enjoyment to readers. <P>Harriet Klausner

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