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Foreigner: (10th Anniversary Edition)
     

Foreigner: (10th Anniversary Edition)

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by C. J. Cherryh
 

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The groundbreaking novel that launched Cherryh's eponymous space opera series of first contact and its consequences...

It had been nearly five centuries since the starship Phoenix, lost in space and desperately searching for the nearest G5 star, had encountered the planet of the atevi. On this alien world, law was kept by the

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The groundbreaking novel that launched Cherryh's eponymous space opera series of first contact and its consequences...

It had been nearly five centuries since the starship Phoenix, lost in space and desperately searching for the nearest G5 star, had encountered the planet of the atevi. On this alien world, law was kept by the use of registered assassination, alliances were defined by individual loyalties not geographical borders, and war became inevitable once humans and one faction of atevi established a working relationship. It was a war that humans had no chance of winning on this planet so many light-years from home.

Now, nearly two hundred years after that conflict, humanity has traded its advanced technology for peace and an island refuge that no atevi will ever visit. Then the sole human the treaty allows into atevi society is marked for an assassin's bullet. THe work of an isolated lunatic? The interests of a particular faction? Or the consequence of one human's fondness for a species which has fourteen words for betrayal and not a single word for love? 




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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101554746
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
12/07/2004
Series:
Foreigner Universe Series , #1
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
85,510
File size:
586 KB
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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Foreigner 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read Sci-Fi for years and have yet find a book that held my attention as this book did. I have also read 'Precursor'. This one also is very good. I look forward to reading the third book in the trilogy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I admit to being intrigued by C.J. Cherryh's work. When I first picked up this book, I could not set it down. The story line was strong enough to grip me from the very beginning and I can only hope that one day I will have the skills and talent that this woman has. A terrific book and series. A must read for any diehard Science Fiction fan.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is, by far, one of the most engrossing, intriguing, fascinating science fiction stories that I've discovered in my more than five decades of voracious reading. It's not for anyone seeking a light read. The Foreigner series begins with an inadvertent meeting of two civilizations when an earth space ship becomes lost and builds a satellite station orbiting a world with its own unique civilization; one so unlike that of humans that it requires total separation of the denizens of this world, the Atevi, and humans. This is determined after humans land on the Atevis' world, encroach on Atevi land and wreak havoc to the point that only one human is allowed to leave an island to which the "aliens" are relegated. That human, Bren Cameron, is the ambassador (paidhi) to the Atevi, and he must learn their language and their customs, all of which are fraught with linguistic and conventional "bombs," any of which could easily cause his immediate demise and further warfare. The Atevi have no words for like and love. Their civilization is based on formality, mathematics and strict codes of loyalty and honor. Cameron, is protected by two members of the Assassins Guild, which keeps the peace in Atevi society. He is the size of a child compared to the huge black and beautiful, if intimidating, inhabitants of the world on which he must tread very carefully in order to maintain a tentative peace. This is the first of a series that so far spans 13 books, and they are filled with intrigue, adventure, intelligence, humor and unforgettable characters. I highly recommend them all.
BuddhaJM More than 1 year ago
Atevi are not like the rest of us. Understatement. This story of first contact points out the huge potential for misunderstanding and conflict, or true communication leading to progress. Which path we take is going to be determined by how we communicate, and any assumptions we hold. With Atevi, one quickly learns to cast aside our assumptions and to learn to listen in a new way. Further more, understand that courtesy is not only desireable when addressing Atevi; it may be what stands between you and a quick and final end. Whatever you previously understood about loyalty needs to be re-thought. With Atevi, loyalty is not simply a choice, it is everything. Once your word is given to an Atevi it is expected that it will be kept, without exception. Once association is established with an Atevi, it remains in place for life. The Atevi really know what it means to pledge yourself to a cause or a person. Nothing is half-way with them, know that going in.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cherryh creates very real characters, incredible alien societies, and an excellent story line that will keep you readng. Not your usual action fantasy fare, but deep and thoughtful; mindful of the differences that make us unique, but carried to a new understanding of what makes a species unique.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Unbelievably great saga! I've read all four of the Foreigner Universe books out to date. Characters you come to truly care about, exotic aliens, space opera mixed with great political intrigue - Superb! The only bad part about them is waiting for the next book!! OCT 2001 - Defender!!! I just can't wait!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely excellent, but be prepared to pay close attention: plot frequently turns on seemingly minor details and people mentioned in passing come back later in important roles. If you get distracted or skim, you'll miss something key and find yourself wondering why something turned out thus and so. After I finished the series I had to go back and re-read books 1-3 to fill in what I'd obviously missed the first time around. Also, (mainly relevant to the first book) do not let impatience with the hypochondriacal, self-absorbed protagonist prevent you from getting to know the Atevi. He does grow up and become less annoying , though I wouldn't say he ever really becomes a truly likeable character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great plot and character development. The only reason I gave 4 instead of 5 stars isvthat the beginning was somewhat confusing, especially since Cherryh switches scenarios just a sshe draws the reader in.
bonsai9933 More than 1 year ago
The author creates a believable world where humans and the native atevi population still live apart 200 years  after first contact. Bren Cameron, the current paidhi, is liasson between the humans and atevi, and encounters the same difficulties and awkward moments that even the most seasoned diplomat . experiences. The plot is very engaging and the author beautifully paints vivid scenery and characters, such that I'm  anxious to go on to her next book. The plot is very engaging and the author beautifully paints vivid scenery and characters, such that I'm anxious to go on to her next book.
joleneb3 More than 1 year ago
I first read this when first published, and I've just re-read from #1 through #14. This series is worth every dime that allowed me to read it, not just the first and second times, but the third and probably the fourth time too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Engaging and believable. Cherryh's greatest strength lies in creating a complete alien culture. Humans are Human and Atevi are Atevi through and through. It gets better and better the further into the series you go.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bren is a fascinating character that grows and develops as the series continues. At first he is a young man who takes over an extremely dangerous postion as the human translator to the Atevi. Human colonists are stranded on the Atevi earth. I've been reading the Foreigner novels since this book came out over10 years ago; and after reading each one, I await the next with great expectation. The characters, locations, and human vs. Atevi relations and conflicts are intriguing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting to go back and reread the Foreigner intoduction. The characters have become much more complex. Atevi society reminds me of Imperial Japan in its rigidity and complexity. This is more about the clash of cultures than science fiction. That said, when are the rest of the series going to be released? I will buy them as soon as they are released. They are so information dense, i get more out of them every time i reread them. Please,please rerelease the Pride of Chanur series. Ah,heck,ALL of Ms. Cherryh's series!
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Rich in storyline
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