VisitorBook - 2016
The seventeenth novel in Cherryh’s Foreigner space opera series, a groundbreaking tale of first contact and its consequences…
The human and atevi inhabitants of Alpha Station, orbiting the world of the atevi, have picked up a signal from an alien kyo ship telling them that the ship is inbound toward Alpha. Five thousand of the inhabitants of Alpha are human refugees from the now derelict Reunion Station. They have seen this scenario before, when a single kyo ship swooped into the Reunion system and, without a word, melted a major section of Reunion Station with a single pass. These refugees, who were rescued through the combined efforts of an allied group of humans and atevi and brought to safety at Alpha, are now desperate with fear.
Bren Cameron—brilliant human emissary of Tabini-aiji, the powerful atevi political leader on the mainland below, and also the appointee of the human president of the island nation of Mospheira—is the obvious choice of representative to be sent up to deal with both the panicked refugees and the incoming alien ship.
As a member of the spacefaring delegation who rescued the refugees, Bren has talked to kyo before—and even won their trust by saving one of their kind from a Reunioner prison. Because of his remarkable diplomatic and linguistic abilities, Bren managed to communicate with that grateful kyo individual on a limited basis, and he has evidence that that same kyo is on the ship heading to defenseless Alpha Station.
But no one can predict what an alien race might do, or what their motivations could be.
And Bren Cameron, the only human ever to be accepted into atevi society, is now the one individual with a hope of successfully interacting with the crew of the incoming ship. But Bren knows it will take putting himself in the hands of the kyo.
Can Bren count on the gratitude of one individual alien to save his life and the lives of thousands on Alpha Station?
Baker & Taylor
It's been a year of upheaval, since Bren Cameron's return from space - a year since he and the aiji-dowager, one of his most powerful atevi allies, returned home from their two-year interstellar mission to find the government overthrown and their world in chaos. Now, at last, things on the atevi world seem to be on the right track, and Bren hopes that life may soon become much more tranquil. But something is coming, quietly, stealthily - just the first ominous twinkle of a new star in the heavens--
Working with the aiji-dowager a year after returning from an interstellar mission to discover that their government had been overthrown, Bren Cameron finds his efforts to reinstate peace throughout the atevi world challenged by an unexpected new threat.
Working with the aiji-dowager a year after returning from an interstellar mission to discover that their government had been overthrown, Bren Cameron finds his efforts to reinstate peace throughout the atevi world challenged by an unexpected new threat. By the Hugo Award-winning author of Cyteen.
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“I hope there’s no problem over here. “
“Just worry about the situation,” he said, with that feeling of all the china stacked, so, so delicately, and not wanting to disturb any arrangement he’d put in place.
Step and step and step. It had worked. Two individuals, wired differently _but aware of it_, had managed not to solve their deepest failures of understanding, but to understand they had them, and to build a bridge across them.
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