Downbelow Station (Company Wars Series)

Downbelow Station (Company Wars Series)

by C. J. Cherryh


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The Hugo Award-winning classic sci-fi novel, now available in a trade edition.

The Beyond started with the Stations orbiting the stars nearest Earth. The Great Circle the interstellar freighters traveled was long, but not unmanageable, and the early Stations were emotionally and politically dependent on Mother Earth. The Earth Company which ran this immense operation reaped incalculable profits and influenced the affairs of nations.

Then came Pell, the first station centered around a newly discovered living planet. The discovery of Pell's World forever altered the power balance of the Beyond. Earth was no longer the anchor which kept this vast empire from coming adrift, the one living mote in a sterile universe.

But Pell was just the first living planet. Then came Cyteen, and later others, and a new and frighteningly different society grew in the farther reaches of space. The importance of Earth faded and the Company reaped ever smaller profits as the economic focus of space turned outward. But the powerful Earth Fleet was sitll a presence in the Beyond, and Pell Station was to become the last stronghold in a titanic struggle between the vast, dynamic forces of the rebel Union and those who defended Earth's last, desperate grasp for the stars.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780756405502
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 12/02/2008
Series: Company Wars Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 180,606
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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

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"Cherryh tantalizes our minds...captures our hearts and involves us completely...a consistently thoughtful and entertaining writer."—Publisher's Weekly

"Satisfying and rewarding."—Analog

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Downbelow Station (Company Wars Series) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Dashiell3 More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of my favorite science fiction books of all time, ranked among Frank Herbert's Dune and Isaac Asimov's Foundation. There's a lot of politics, but there's also a fair amount of action. What's most surprising is that this living, breathing universe, which C. J. Cherryh has fashioned for this books and many of her others, is totally belivable and understandable. You'll be hard put to find a character in Downbelow Station you can't empathize with, or at least understand how he or she thinks, and be thrilled to read what they do next. I was reading during class when the plot was building up to a crescendo because I couldn't put it down. I haven't read Cyteen yet, which is a followup, and quite frankly its density is a little bit daunting, but after reading Downbelow Station I can't wait to sit down and give it a try.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
. . . could we get ebooks for the other sci-fi novels pertaining to Downbelow Station, like MERCHANTER'S LUCK etc al.?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is just a fantastic piece of scifi! For lovers of hard scifi this book definitely has crunch!
TheSaintly 12 months ago
I read this book years ago and with almost all of C.J.'s work I enjoyed it immensely. I highly recommend this series.
FicusFan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fabulous book. Wonderful setting that has a gritty reality to it. Interesting, real, complex characters, and a story that grabs you and won't let go. Wonderful aliens who are not just humans in funny suits. Lots of layers and shades of grey. Wonderful look at human nature, the uses and abuses of power, and the different approaches to dealing with absolute power. Though it is over 20 years old, it is not dated in the least.
wayspooled on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was one of the first serious science fiction novels I read. I loved it. It's not for rollicking adventure "only" sci/fi fans, it's a very thought provoking read. If paced storyline development isn't your thing, you won't like it, you'll get bored and unhappy. There is some action, it's just not an "action" science fiction. It is also the 1st of the 3 foundational novels (with Cyteen and Regenesis, in that order) of CJ Cherryh's Alliance/Union universe - which is the setting of many of her largely standalone sci/fi novels. Cherryh's Chanur books have a little more excitement if that's your need, while still being intellectually thought provoking. Cherryh's big contributions to the genre are 1) showing realistically how mankind's cultural development probably will take place after we move off this planet and 2) the most interesting ever perspectives of any writer - of how alien cultures might see us. The author has an asteroid, 77185 Cherryh, named after her. Referring to this honor, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory writes of Cherryh: "She has challenged us to be worthy of the stars by imagining how mankind might grow to live among them.
Caragen87 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was CJ Cherryh first real Sci-Fi blockbuster. What happens on an independant Space Station caught between an interstellar War between Earth and her former Colonies. What separated this book from other Sci-Fi War stories was the focus on Politics. Politics and the way war erodes the rights of the embattled. Politics, bare-knuckle threat diplomacy and what happens when your Military no longer acknowledges civilian Authority.I give it 3 stars because it's a dense, long read that was really suited more for Adults than for the young guys who were buying Sci-Fi at the time this was published. And at times, seem too long and following too many characters.The Positive: Signy Mallory. That was one SCARY Fleet Captain. I'm just sorry that Cherryh never brought this character back in another full adventure in the Merchanter universe.
betula.alba on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
'Downbelow Station' is the first of many Cherryh novels taking place in the Earth Company/Union/Merchanter's Alliance universe, and a must read for anyone interested in the series. It gives the background to the 'company wars', and the birth of The Merchanter's Alliance and an independent Pell station. Some good characterizations, such as Signy Mallory of the Norway. The depiction of the friendly 'n fluffy alien hisa of Pell is somewhat silly however. The book is moderately paced till the last chapter or so, where it suddenly speeds up. This is where the writing changes from being mediocre to outstanding.
TheDivineOomba on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I took awhile for me to get through this book. Its dense, packed with a lot of happenings for a reader to keep track of. I had to reread the first few chapters a couple of times to keep track of who was who. But once into it, it was still dense, but full of a great and twisty plot, interesting characters, and an unexpected ending. Well worth the read.
ladycato on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This Hugo-Award winning novel has a lot going for it, but its shares of issues, too.First of all, it begins with a massive lump of exposition that tries to set up the political intrigues over centuries that lead up to the events of the books. Instead of helping, that introduction left me confused and flailing for quite a while. Plus, it was very dull to read.Things improved greatly once the story got started. The cast of characters is wide and interesting. Each has a distinct voice, and I was surprised at how readily I could tell them apart. The politics, however, still left me confused for quite some time, as I wasn't sure who Mazian was or how he fit into things. There were some characters, like Alicia and Jon Lukas's son, who were barely there and I wondered why they were included at all.The station of Pell and the world below are vivid and characters unto themselves. I became especially fond of the Downers, the native primate-like species of Downbelow.The book ended up being interesting and coherent, but I'm not intrigued enough to read on in the series, nor am I sure about reading more of Cherryh's books. However, I'm glad this was selected by my book club, as I've been wanting to read more science fiction and Hugo winners.
abile on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Prix Hugo en 1982 et nommé au Locus (déjà ça classe...)J'y retrouve ce que j'aime chez Cherryh, cette capacité à me faire entrer en quelques pages dans un univers imaginaire, dans la tête de ses personnages. J'aime le rythme qu'elle donne, le travail de la langue (bien d'autres livre de l'auteur ont un travail encore bien plus poussé).Celui-ci est l'un de mes favoris, histoire, univers, personnages, style...To give you a head start, this novel won the Hugo price in 1982 and was named for the Locus.... Not bad hu?This C.J.Cherryh book is one of my favorite, so easy to immerse in her universe in a few pages, to be in the head of her characters. I love the rhythm she fives, the work on the language -this one is light on the language.Definitely one of my favorite as it has a perfect mix of story, universe, characters and style.
aarondesk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great read. Various factions vie for control of a vital space station. The only drawback is that it starts a little slow. If you can get past the first half, the ending just sails by.
meersan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Scifi classic about a human space station and furry aliens caught between two equally unappealing sides in an interstellar war.
clong on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
C.J. Cherryh's Downbelow Station is a celebrated novel, the 1982 Hugo winner. I would put it in the category of "good books that, with a few improvements, could have been truly superb." That sense that it didn't quite reach its potential ultimately left me a bit disappointed, especially with an ending which seemed to come together a bit too easily. The strength of the book is a well-conceived plot that builds tension and moves to an effective climax. The characters are interesting, with few who are clearly good or clearly bad. My first area of disappointment had to with some surprising character twists at the end, especially the ultimate resolution of the Signy Mallory storyline (and her relationship with Josh), which didn't quite "click" for me. I wish the Cherryh had given us a bit more insight into what was going on in these characters' minds, so that the ending, while still a surprise, would have felt like an organic evolution the characters' acts, wills and motivations (no easy feat, admittedly). The second disappointment for me was the aliens. The native inhabitants of the planet are reasonably interesting, but not strikingly nonhuman in the way that the most fascinating aliens are. They are a lot like wimpy humans with a twist, "little guys" who naturally enough the good people want to protect and the bad people want to exploit. These differing attitudes about how the aliens and their planet should be treated are a source of one of the important plot lines in the book, but again the conclusion of this storyline could have been more effective if the aliens {in their alien-ness) had some surprising impact on the resolution. While it is set in the context of interstellar war, it's far from the militaristic style of say David Weber; the actual space battles are either skipped entirely or only described in cursory detail. I don't want to sound too negative . . . I recommend Downbelow Station to any science fiction fan.
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Great read!
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