Precursor (Second Foreigner Series #1)

Precursor (Second Foreigner Series #1)

by C. J. Cherryh

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Precursor (Second Foreigner Series #1) by C. J. Cherryh

The fourth novel in Cherryh’s Foreigner space opera series, a groundbreaking tale of first contact and its consequences…

Over three years have passed since the reappearance of the starship Phoenix, which two centuries before left an isolated colony of humans on the world of the volatile atevi. Since that time, humans have lived in exile on the island of Mospheira; but the unexpected return of the Phoenix has shattered the fragile political balance of these two nearly incompatible races. For the captains of the Phoenix offer the atevi something the Mospheiran humans never could—access to the stars.

For three breakneck years, the atevi labor to build a space shuttle which will bear their representatives to the Phoenix, to strengthen connections with their new human allies and retain their bid for control of their world. But as soon as the shuttle proves spaceworthy, the captains of the Phoenix suddenly recall their planetary delegates, breaking diplomatic contact and initiating a vicious bid for political dominance.

But the powerful head of the atevi's Western Association is not to be outmaneuvered, and he sends his own diplomat, or paidhi, Bren Cameron, into space to negotiate. Thrust into a political maelstrom with almost no preparation, can Bren gain control of the station and political supremacy for the atevi without sparking a three-sided interspecies war?

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ISBN-13: 9780886779108
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 10/28/2000
Series: Foreigner Universe Series , #4
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 573,182
Product dimensions: 4.29(w) x 6.72(h) x 1.19(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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"A powerful look at the effects of alienation on individuals and societies...probably the best series installment of the year, and a welcome return from one of our very best writers." —Locus

"The novel features well-developed characters and Cherryh's trademark sophisticated political negotiations and strong prose. Of particular note is the author's ongoing exploration of the atevi, one of the more fascinating alien cultures ever imagined. Taken as a whole, this series represents mainstream SF at its very best." —Publishers Weekly

"Cherryh continues to explore the rich culture portrayed in the Foreigner trilogy with this first novel in a new series. Combining hard SF with realistically complex characters, this blend of adventure and intrigue in the far reaches of space belongs in most SF collections." —Library Journal

"Superior alien-contact series...another intriguing human/alien struggle." —Kirkus

"Once again, readers can revel in Ms. Cherryh's ravishing characterization and sensitive exploration of cultural subtleties." —Romantic Times

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Precursor 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay. I'll agree that the stories in this series start off slowly, but I like the crafting of detail. I've read and re-read all 15 books (now 16) and never seem to tire of the characters. This book, and the next one are my favorites. Cherryh is a grand author and well worth taking the time to read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i have read all four so far, and it is a slow moving series. while the characters are interesting, only one thing seems to happen per book. i was considering reading the rest of the series, but since book 5 isn't available on nook, i guess i stop at number 4
joleneb3 More than 1 year ago
Excllent, a whole of its own.
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foxfire16 More than 1 year ago
Amazing how Cherryh can continue to keep the story fresh and interesting! New turns and developments.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best installation of the Foreigner series yet. A great read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Picking up right where the last book left off, CJ Cherryh doesn't miss a beat in the Bren Cameron saga with Precursor. Rejoin your two favorite members of the Asassasins guild, Binachi and Bren's alien lover Jago, other assorted atevi and the usual paranoids from Mosphiera but this time things are different. This time they are in the interbred, insular and extraordinarily uptight society of the Phoenix. Back to the familiar zone of the Chanur works, Downbelow and the Merchanter series, Cherryh is never so much at home as she is stationside, but this time with the volatile mix of Atevi, human and the mysterious alien threat. A fascinating read from the very beginning.
Guest More than 1 year ago
C. J. Cherryh once again outdoes herself. The characters in this fourth Foreigner book are believeble and complex in personality. Bren is unexpectedly draged from his very hard earned vacation back home only to find himself on one of the first few 'shuttle' trip up to the now antique station. With no more than a few hours notice he must arrange treaties that can help or hurt all sides. The agreements come, but did they come too easily? Now the main Captain is missing and Bren's own security wants him off the station. I read the book in one 7 hour sitting and reread it 6 times since. I am waiting impatiently for the next two books promised in the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What is there to say? Cherryh just seems to get better and better. Here we are with the fourth in this series and yet there is no disappointment either in plot or character development. I truly admire anyone who can write and of course anyone who can write consistently well just makes me speechless. I think that in the character of Bren who, in the first book is nothing more than an interpreter - a man whose only claim to a place in history may be a small footnote in a dictionary read by very few people - she has found a truly interesting person. Here we are in book four with a man sent at short notice into space to negotiate, out of contact with the aiji, on matters that will affect both the humans and the atevi for a very long time. Cherryh totally involves us in the alien civilisation with its totally different point of view as well as letting us look at how humans change according to their upbringing. I cannot recommend this book highly enough - the only problem is that I had to go and reread the first three in this series.