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C. J. Cherryh planned to write since the age of ten. When she was older, she learned to use a type writer while triple-majoring in Classics, Latin and Greek. At 33, she signed over her first three books to DAW and has worked with DAW ever since. She can be found at cherryh.com.

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Read 2016, favourite. ( )
  sasameyuki | May 8, 2020 |
deserted human colony comes to strange terms with reptile-like natives
  ritaer | Apr 2, 2020 |
A sweeping multi-generational saga detailing the adaptation of humans to a world where the dominant sapient life form is so bizarre in its mentation that it necessitates a shift in human consciousness to connect with it. ( )
  WingedWolf | Oct 20, 2017 |
The was originally published in 1983, making it one of Cherryh's earlier works, and it is easy to see the development of many themes that Cherryh later mines for gold in the "Foreigner" series: the epic sweep of nations and politics, human/alien cultural divides, and individual endurance (in fact, it is easy to compare 40,000 to Foreigner, as the last half of the book centers around the observations and experiences of a "starman diplomat" to the native Gehennans). This is a book to savor, not just for Cherryh's excellent use of language and descriptions, but because of the hugeness of the story, which covers several hundred years of history and the lives of many characters.

It is an eminently satisfying read, and as usual Cherryh brings to life not only the human characters in all their glory and with all their faults (her humans are always, always genuinely, humanly flawed) but also the alien "dragons" of Gehenna, who are fascinating but truly otherworldly creatures. ( )
  KimBooSan | Sep 23, 2017 |
Forty Thousand In Gehenna is an off-shoot of the Cyteen cycle. Azi are dropped off on Gehenna after being trained to become a stone in the throat of the Alliance forces. Certain aspects of the landing are predictable: the departure from the original plan by the younger generations, the bewilderment of the AZI parents who are ill-equipped to handle "born men". The unexpected part is the interaction with the native wildlife, which seems to be far more intelligent than the original landing party understood. By the time the planet is rediscovered, They have become more than a stone for the Alliance to swallow. ( )
  JoBass | Aug 25, 2017 |
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"Cherryh tantalizes our minds with these enigmatic aliens, captures our hearts with her characters and involves us completely with her mix of broad and narrow views of a new culture’s rise. Once again, Cherryh proves herself a consistently thoughtful and entertaining writer"
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T-190 hours
Communication, Union Ministry of Defense,
US Venture
in dock at Cyteen Station

ATTN: Mary Engles, capt. US VENTURE

Accept coded packet; navigation instructions contained herein.
There were photofaxes on the office walls, ships and faces, some of the photos scarred and scratched. Faces and uniforms. He had a gallery like that in his own duffle. The desk had a series of pictures of a young man, battered and murky. He was not about to ask. The photos never showed him older. He thought of Jean with a kind of grayness inside...had known a moment of panic, the realization of his parting from Cyteen, boarding another ship, leaving the places Jean had known, going somewhere her memory did not even exist.
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C. J. Cherryh planned to write since the age of ten. When she was older, she learned to use a type writer while triple-majoring in Classics, Latin and Greek. At 33, she signed over her first three books to DAW and has worked with DAW ever since. She can be found at cherryh.com.

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