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Catherine Asaro

Author of Primary Inversion

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About the Author

Oakland, California native Catherine Asaro received a doctorate in physics from Harvard University. She has published a number of papers on theoretical physics and was a physics professor until 1990, when she established Molecudyne Research, which she currently runs. A former ballerina, she has show more performed with ballets and in musicals on both coasts, and founded the Mainly Jazz Dance program at Harvard. She now teaches at the Caryl Maxwell Classical Ballet. Her husband is John Kendall Cannizzo, an astrophysicist at NASA show less
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Works by Catherine Asaro

Primary Inversion (1995) 944 copies, 23 reviews
Irresistible Forces [Anthology 6-in-1] (2004) — Editor; Contributor — 599 copies, 13 reviews
The Charmed Sphere (2004) 574 copies, 18 reviews
The Quantum Rose (2000) 556 copies, 14 reviews
Catch the Lightning (1996) 473 copies, 14 reviews
The Last Hawk (1999) 447 copies, 9 reviews
The Radiant Seas (1999) 395 copies, 11 reviews
Ascendant Sun (2000) 369 copies, 10 reviews
The Moon's Shadow (2003) 322 copies, 8 reviews
Skyfall (2003) 315 copies, 12 reviews
Spherical Harmonic (2001) 296 copies, 3 reviews
The Misted Cliffs (2005) 292 copies, 11 reviews
Sunrise Alley (2004) 291 copies, 14 reviews
Schism (2004) 277 copies, 7 reviews
The Veiled Web (1999) 219 copies, 3 reviews
The Final Key (2005) 216 copies, 3 reviews
Alpha (2004) 214 copies, 11 reviews
The Phoenix Code (2000) 205 copies, 4 reviews
The Dawn Star (2006) 196 copies, 4 reviews
The Ruby Dice (2008) 191 copies, 11 reviews
Diamond Star (2009) 162 copies, 10 reviews
Undercity (2014) — Author — 152 copies, 14 reviews
The Fire Opal (2007) 148 copies, 4 reviews
The Night Bird (2008) 146 copies, 5 reviews
Nebula Awards Showcase 2013 (2013) — Editor — 121 copies, 3 reviews
Carnelians (2011) 90 copies, 4 reviews
The Bronze Skies (2017) — Author — 64 copies, 5 reviews
The Vanished Seas (2020) 49 copies, 3 reviews
The Jigsaw Assassin (2022) 35 copies, 2 reviews
The Spacetime Pool (2012) 26 copies, 1 review
The City of Cries (Skolian Empire series) (2011) 16 copies, 1 review
Lightning Strike (2014) 15 copies
Walk in Silence [novella] (2006) 10 copies
The Down Deep: 1 (Dust Knights) (2024) 7 copies, 1 review
Musta Roosi vennaskond (2013) 3 copies
Echea 3 copies
Ave de Paso 2 copies
Earthborn (2023) 1 copy

Associated Works

Charmed Destinies [Anthology 3-in-1] (2003) — Contributor — 444 copies, 7 reviews
Flights: Extreme Visions of Fantasy (2004) — Contributor — 399 copies, 2 reviews
The Space Opera Renaissance (2007) — Contributor — 283 copies, 5 reviews
Redshift: Extreme Visions of Speculative Fiction (2001) — Contributor — 256 copies, 3 reviews
Infinite Stars (2017) — Contributor — 147 copies, 5 reviews
Down these Dark Spaceways (2005) — Contributor — 139 copies, 3 reviews
Nebula Awards Showcase 2010 (2010) — Contributor — 137 copies, 2 reviews
Nebula Awards Showcase 2007 (2007) — Contributor — 108 copies, 4 reviews
The Mammoth Book of SF Wars (2012) — Contributor — 102 copies, 2 reviews
Nebula Awards Showcase 2003 (2003) — Contributor — 90 copies, 1 review
Wondrous Beginnings (2003) — Contributor — 69 copies, 2 reviews
Lace and Blade (2008) — Contributor — 61 copies, 5 reviews
Best New Paranormal Romance (2006) — Contributor — 58 copies, 2 reviews
Civil War Fantastic (2000) — Contributor — 58 copies, 1 review
Fantasy: The Best of 2001 (2002) — Contributor — 42 copies
A Cosmic Christmas (2012) — Contributor — 32 copies
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contributor — 32 copies
Erotic Fantastic: The Best of Circlet Press 1992 - 2002 (2003) — Contributor — 31 copies
Space Cadets (2006) — Contributor — 30 copies
Sextopia: Stories of Sex and Society (2001) — Contributor — 26 copies
Christmas Forever (1993) — Contributor — 25 copies
The Journey Home [Anthology 10-in-1] (2004) — Collaborator — 23 copies, 3 reviews
Toto's Tale (2010) — Introduction — 9 copies, 4 reviews
Deco Punk: The Spirit of the Age (2015) — Contributor — 6 copies

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It's an excellent collection, unsurprisingly. I think my favorite was Ferrett Steinmetz's "Sauerkraut Station," although the Among Others excerpt has intrigued me enough to go looking for it. YMMV.
 
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Jon_Hansen | 2 other reviews | Jul 12, 2024 |
THE DOWN DEEP continues the story of Major Bhaajan on the dying world of Raylicon in the Skolian Imperialate.

Bhaaj came home from her career in the Pharoah's Army with the goal of helping her people who live in the impoverished Undercity beneath the City of Cries. After years of prejudice and neglect, the Imperialate has discovered a need for the citizens of the Undercity. It takes Kyle Operators to keep the Imperialate going and safe from the Traders who want to conquer it.

Kyle Operators are rare everywhere except in the Undercity where potential Kyle Operators make up a large percentage of the population. Colonel Lavinda Majda - a member of the very high class and powerful Majda family - asks Bhaaj to arrange a visit where she can hopefully build up some goodwill. After overcoming some obstacles both in the Undercity and in the Majda family, Bhaaj agrees to take Lavinda for her visit.

Problems come up almost immediately when the two rival drug cartels demand that Lavinda meet with them. This has never happened before. Whenever the cartels ran into each other, battles ensued and so did deaths. But it turns out that both cartels want the same opportunities for their children that Bhaaj's Dust Knights have been enjoying. Bhaaj sees this as a major breakthrough to make thing better for her people.

But then, a call for help from the Down Deep comes to the medic the Majdas have seconded to the Undercity. Lavinda demands that they all go to see if they can help and wind up in the middle of an outbreak of carnelian rash which threatens to kill all of those who live there and those who come to help too.

This was an intriguing story with fascinating worldbuilding. The culture of the people of the Undercity was richly developed and contrasted in a major way with that of the above ground culture. Culture clashes and prejudices were realistically portrayed. The characters - especially Bhaaj and Angel who is one of her Dust Knights - are viewed in depth.

I really enjoyed this story which drifts away from the mysteries of the earlier Bhaaj books to the area of epic Space Opera.
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kmartin802 | Jul 3, 2024 |
I read this book for the Lois McMaster Bujold story, which was excellent. It brought back characters I loved from previous books, involved them in a mystery, gave Armsman Roic a love story of his own, and showed happily ever after for Miles and Ekaterin. Lois gift for characters and how they drive the story really shines through.
 
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Bookladycma | 12 other reviews | May 18, 2024 |
The second Major Bhaajan mystery takes Bhaaj deep into the Undercity which has been inhabited by her people for years. Only recently, the Majda and other residents of the City of Cries learned that the residents of the Undercity have a much higher than normal number of psions.

Psions are essential to the survival of the Imperialate on its vast network of planets. But Bhaajan is determined that her people not be exploited. She wants help because they live in poverty and suffer from birth defects because of their millennia of inbreeding but she wants the help in a way that fits in with the culture of the Undercity.

When the Jagernaut accused of murdering a man flees to Raylicon and the Undercity, the Ruby Pharaoh hires her to find the woman. But the search leads Bhaaj to a much more dangerous thing than one out of control Jagernaut. An EI is waking up and has the goal of wiping out humanity. Its waking is disturbing the Psions in the Undercity and wreaking havoc with the mental network that runs things.

Bhaaj, the Ruby Pharaoh, and an order of monks must find a way to defeat the EI which calls itself Oblivion before all humanity is destroyed.

This was an enjoyable and exciting second episode in the series. I like seeing Bhaaj's growth as she comes to terms with her past and begins to build a new future for herself and for her people.
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