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C.J. Cherryh's second trilogy set in her Foreigner Universe comes to a thrilling conclusion with Explorer—a new hardcover published simultaneously with the paperback release of book two, Defender.

The final installment to this sequence of the Hugo Award-winning author's most successful series, Explorer follows a human delegate trapped in a distant star system facing a potentially bellicose alien ship. ...
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Overview

C.J. Cherryh's second trilogy set in her Foreigner Universe comes to a thrilling conclusion with Explorer—a new hardcover published simultaneously with the paperback release of book two, Defender.

The final installment to this sequence of the Hugo Award-winning author's most successful series, Explorer follows a human delegate trapped in a distant star system facing a potentially bellicose alien ship.
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Publishers Weekly
A third intelligent species makes its appearance in this sixth superior installment in Cherryh's much praised Foreigner Universe series (Defender; Precursor; etc.). The starship Phoenix, manned by a human crew but with a significant contingent of the gigantic, nonhuman atevi aboard, has spent the last year in interstellar transit from the atevi home world to the ruins of Reunion Station, where the repressive Pilots' Guild still clings to power and a mysterious and deadly alien starship lurks on the fringes. Diplomat and translator Bren Cameron and the Phoenix's newly appointed junior captain, Jason Graham, must keep the peace between two powerful, but short-tempered women: Sabin, the ship's senior captain, and Ilisidi, the imperious atevi matriarch who has been entrusted with looking after her species' interests on the voyage. When they reach Reunion Station, the Pilots' Guild first refuses to allow the starship to refuel and then attempts to take it over by force. Sabin's ill-fated attempt to negotiate the release of the fuel leads to some suspenseful complications. As with previous volumes in this intense series, detailed character development, highly charged dialogue and an eye for subtle differences in cultural preconceptions are of central importance, although Cherryh also manages some fine action scenes. This is serious space opera at its very best by one of the leading traditional SF writers in the field today. (Nov. 5) Forecast: There may be nothing flashy or cutting edge about Cherryh, hence she's not going to attract a lot of younger readers or people new to the genre, but she will continue to do well with established SF fans who appreciate fine writing and traditional story-telling. The dust jacket by leading SF cover artist Michael Whelan clearly identifies this as space opera. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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After a one-year voyage, the spaceship Phoenix, with Paidhi Bren Cameron and an Atevi delegation aboard, finally nears the space station Reunion. When First Captain Sabin is belligerent and secretive concerning the Phoenix's last visit to the station, Bren and Second Captain Jase Graham take matters into their own hands. Detecting an alien ship hovering nearby, Bren uses his diplomatic/interpreting skills to establish communication with the aliens, much to the alarm of the survivors on the station. It is soon obvious, however, that the aliens are not necessarily the enemy. Upon arrival, Phoenix finds the station refueling ports locked and booby-trapped. When Sabin goes aboard Reunion to negotiate, she is held hostage by Station Captain Braddock. Discovering that an alien is also held captive by the station, Bren and his Atevi allies storm the access ports, depose Braddock, and rescue both Sabin and the alien prisoner. Pamphlets, encouraging station personnel to return with the Phoenix, are distributed, and the planned evacuation of the station is finally explosively begun. Bren and Jase return the alien to his ship and establish grounds for continued diplomatic relations. Plenty of action reminiscent of Foreigner (DAW, 1994/VOYA April 1994) and Invader (1995/VOYA August 1995) makes this book a quick read. A completely satisfying conclusion to the long-standing Foreign Universe series leaves all favorite characters safe and accounted for. Excellent characterization, intense political tension, and truly unique alien races make the six-part series an essential component in any science fiction collection. VOYA Codes: 4Q 4P J S A/YA (Better than most, marred only by occasional lapses; Broadgeneral YA appeal; Junior High, defined as grades 7 to 9; Senior High, defined as grades 10 to 12; Adult and Young Adult). 2002, DAW, 408p, Wallace
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Bren Cameron, raised on a planet colonized by humans and home to the race known as atevi, receives an assignment to act as mediator between the human space station Reunion and a nearby mysterious and potentially hostile alien ship. Threading his way through the delicate lines of power aboard the ship taking him to Reunion, however, poses almost as much of a danger as confronting the alien and human threats that await him upon arriving at his destination. Cherryh superbly crafts complex intrigues and alien races possessed of integrity, as well as a sense of otherness, making this conclusion to the second trilogy (Precursor; Defender) set in the universe of human-atevi relations a good choice for most sf collections, particularly where the author has a following. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756400866
  • Publisher: DAW Hardcover
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Series: Foreigner Universe Series , #6
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.42 (h) x 1.32 (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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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    excellent space opera

    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 insists that the Reunion attacked them and demand the return of their crew member and scout ship. The captain of the Phoenix promises to try but when they dock at the refueling area, the Reunion won¿t give them any until certain conditions are met and don¿t seem in any hurry to be rescued. Bren Cameron, a highly trained human diplomat in the atevi court, is the only possible person capable of negotiating with all the races and groups in the hopes of coming to a peaceful resolution that will placate all interested parties. This is the final installment in the second Foreigner Universe trilogy and it ties up all the loose ends by answering all the questions and resolving all the issues in a believable manner. C.J. Cherryh writes excellent space opera filled with plenty of action and adventure. The sentient aliens add another rich layer to this colorful tapestry and keeps reader interest not only from first page to last, but back to rereading the previous novels as well. Harriet Klausner

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