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C. J. Cherryh
This is a brief discussion of C. J. Cherryh and, of course, of some speculative-fiction books by Cherryh.
This discussion and list does not necessarily include every book by Cherryh: it includes only those books that I both know and like. Just as with the author list itself, omission of a particular item may mean I didn’t think highly enough of the omitted item, or it may simply mean that I have not yet sufficient familiarity with it. (In a very few cases, I have listed some books merely on the strength of my opinion of the author: all such books are clearly marked below, as throughout these lists, with a hash mark (#) before the title so you know what’s what.)
I don’t pretend that this discussion is a deep analysis. My intent is no more than to give you a rough idea of what kinds of tales Cherryh tells, how those tales are usually told, and what makes them and Cherryh worthy; in sum, to help you rank C. J. Cherryh (and the works by Cherryh listed here) on your personal literary “to do” list.
This page has not been updated in a long while; consequently, external links (if any) may lead to dead or moribund pages. I am now cleaning up these pages as fast as I can, but I am one man and it may take me a while to get to every page needing link checking (or even the “Other Resources” section added). Sorry. Please be patient.
A Few Words About C. J. Cherryh
Regrettably, I have not yet had an opportunity to write an essay on this author, but the "Other Resources" section below will lead you to some information about the "Notable Books" listed
farther down this page.
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Other C. J. Cherryh Resources
(Meaningless aside: why do so many people have trouble understanding that initials are separate entities? Would those who blithely write--or type--"C.J." also
write, or type, "CarolynJanice"? Sigh.)
Cherryh has her own site, Welcome to C. J. Cherryh's Worlds, though as it proclaims on the front
page, "the blog is the active area of this site. The rest is scandalously in want of an update". (Here's a separate link to that blog.) There is also a dedicated fan web site, Meetpoint. There is even a Cherryh "webring"
of fan sites.
Other useful pages that deal with Cherryh's work in general (as opposed to particular books) include "C. J. Cherryh, Science Fiction, and the Soft Sciences"; "claustrophobic but cool"; "C J Cherryh: The
Outcast and the Uncertain Mind"; "C. J. Cherryh's
Fiction"; "C. J. Cherryh"; and "Military Command in Women's Science Fiction: C. J. Cherryh's Signy Mallory".
Another interesting resource is "Maps of C. J. Cherryh's Fiction", where "You can
visually compare the position of places mentioned in C. J. Cherryh's fiction relating to the Alliance/Union universe and consult a chronological summary of events related to each site."
Some book reviews are more informative than others ("others" usually being little more than plot rehashes). Some useful reviews of Cherryh books include: Deliverer, reviewed at Strange Horizons; The Collected Short Fiction of C. J. Cherry, reviewed at SciFi.com; Chanur's Venture, reviewed at SF Reviews; The Pride of Chanur, reviewed at Steven Wu's Book Reviews;
Hammerfall, reviewed at The SF Site; the "Fortress" series, reviewed at Rambles, and the "Atevi" series, also at Rambles. The SF Site has links to its several
Cherryh items gathered at one Cherryh portal page. There are certainly many more
Cherryh items beyond all those: Google Is Your Friend.
An interesting sidelight is a succinct essay by Cherryh, "Writerisms and other Sins: A Writer's
Shortcut to Stronger Writing", whose title is self-descriptive.
Notable Science-Fiction and Fantasy Books by C. J. Cherryh ***
(For more possible titles by this author, see the “Unrated Books by Rated Authors” page.)
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