C.J. Cherryh Books

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C. J. Cherryh is an American author that writes science fiction and fantasy. Born in 1943 in St. Louis, Missouri, her birth name is Carolyn Janice Cherry. She added an ‘H’ to her surname because her first editor thought that ‘Cherry’ had a much stronger association with romance than it did with science fiction and fantasy.

Order of The Morgaine Cycle Series

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1 Gate of Ivrel (Short Story) 1976 Description / Buy
2 Well of Shiuan 1978 Description / Buy
3 Fires of Azeroth 1979 Description / Buy
4 Exile's Gate 1988 Description / Buy

Order of Hanan Rebellion Series

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1 Brothers of Earth 1976 Description / Buy
2 Hunter of Worlds 1977 Description / Buy

Order of The Faded Sun Series

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1 Kesrith 1978 Description / Buy
2 Shon'jir 1978 Description / Buy
3 Kutath 1979 Description / Buy

Order of Alliance-Union Series

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1 Serpent's Reach 1980 Description / Buy
2 Forty Thousand in Gehenna 1983 Description / Buy

Order of Hinder Stars Series

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1 Alliance Rising 2019 Description / Buy

Order of Chanur Series

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1 The Pride of Chanur 1981 Description / Buy
2 Chanur's Venture 1984 Description / Buy
3 The Kif Strike Back 1985 Description / Buy
4 Chanur's Homecoming 1986 Description / Buy
5 Chanur's Legacy 1992 Description / Buy

Order of Alliance-Union: Company Wars Series

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1 Downbelow Station 1981 Description / Buy
2 Merchanter's Luck 1982 Description / Buy
3 Rimrunners 1989 Description / Buy
4 Heavy Time 1991 Description / Buy
5 Hellburner 1992 Description / Buy
6 Tripoint 1994 Description / Buy
7 Finity's End 1997 Description / Buy

Chronological Order of Alliance-Union: Company Wars Series

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1 Heavy Time 1991 Description / Buy
2 Hellburner 1992 Description / Buy
3 Downbelow Station 1981 Description / Buy
4 Merchanter's Luck 1982 Description / Buy
5 Rimrunners 1989 Description / Buy
6 Tripoint 1994 Description / Buy
7 Finity's End 1997 Description / Buy

Order of Age of Exploration Series

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1 Port Eternity 1982 Description / Buy
2 Voyager in Night 1984 Description / Buy
3 Cuckoo's Egg 1985 Description / Buy

Order of Arafel Series

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1 The Dreaming Tree 1983 Description / Buy
2 The Tree of Swords and Jewels 1983 Description / Buy

Order of Heroes In Hell Series

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1 Rebels In Hell 1986 Description / Buy
2 The Gates of Hell ( With: Janet E. Morris) 1986 Description / Buy
3 Masters in Hell ( With: David Drake) 1987 Description / Buy
4 Kings in Hell ( With: Janet E. Morris) 1987 Description / Buy
5 Legions of Hell 1987 Description / Buy

Order of Merovingen Nights Series

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1 Angel with the Sword 1985 Description / Buy
2 Festival Moon ( By: Pat Tobin) 1987 Description / Buy
3 Fever Season ( By: Pat Tobin) 1987 Description / Buy
4 Troubled Waters ( By: Chris Morris) 1988 Description / Buy
5 Smuggler's Gold ( By: Chris Morris) 1988 Description / Buy
6 Divine Right ( By: Bradley H. Sinor) 1989 Description / Buy
7 Flood Tide (Short Story) ( By: Bradley H. Sinor) 1990 Description / Buy
8 Endgame ( By: Pat Tobin) 1991 Description / Buy

Order of Alliance-Union: Cyteen Series

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1 The Betrayal 1988 Description / Buy
2 The Rebirth 1989 Description / Buy
3 The Vindication 1989 Description / Buy
4 Regenesis 2009 Description / Buy

Order of Rusalka Series

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1 Rusalka (Short Story) 1989 Description / Buy
2 Chernevog 1990 Description / Buy
3 Yvgenie 1991 Description / Buy

Order of The Sword of Knowledge Series

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1 A Dirge for Sabis 1989 Description / Buy
2 Wizard Spawn 1989 Description / Buy
3 Reap the Whirlwind 1989 Description / Buy

Order of Foreigner Series

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1 Foreigner 1994 Description / Buy
2 Invader 1995 Description / Buy
3 Inheritor 1996 Description / Buy
4 Precursor 1999 Description / Buy
5 Defender 2001 Description / Buy
6 Explorer 2002 Description / Buy
7 Destroyer 2003 Description / Buy
8 Pretender 2006 Description / Buy
9 Deliverer 2007 Description / Buy
10 Conspirator 2009 Description / Buy
11 Deceiver 2010 Description / Buy
12 Betrayer 2011 Description / Buy
13 Intruder 2012 Description / Buy
14 Protector 2013 Description / Buy
15 Peacemaker 2014 Description / Buy
16 Tracker 2015 Description / Buy
17 Visitor 2016 Description / Buy
18 Convergence 2017 Description / Buy
19 Emergence 2018 Description / Buy
20 Resurgence 2020 Description / Buy
21 Divergence 2020 Description / Buy

Order of Finisterre Series

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1 Rider at the Gate 1995 Description / Buy
2 Cloud's Rider 1996 Description / Buy

Order of Fortress Series

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1 Fortress in the Eye of Time 1995 Description / Buy
2 Fortress of Eagles 1998 Description / Buy
3 Fortress of Owls 1999 Description / Buy
4 Fortress of Dragons 2000 Description / Buy
5 Fortress of Ice 2006 Description / Buy

Order of The Gene Wars Series

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1 Hammerfall 2001 Description / Buy
2 Forge of Heaven 2004 Description / Buy

Order of C.J. Cherryh Standalone Novels

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1 Hestia 1979 Description / Buy
2 Wave Without a Shore 1981 Description / Buy
3 Glass and Amber 1987 Description / Buy
4 The Paladin 1988 Description / Buy
5 The Goblin Mirror 1992 Description / Buy
6 Faery in Shadow 1993 Description / Buy
7 Lois & Clark 1996 Description / Buy

Order of C.J. Cherryh Short Story Collections

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1 Sunfall 1981 Description / Buy
2 Visible Light 1986 Description / Buy
3 The Collected Short Fiction of C.J. Cherryh 2004 Description / Buy

Order of Heroes in Hell Series

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1 Heroes in Hell ( With: Gregory Benford, Janet E. Morris, , Chris Morris) 1986 Description / Buy
2 The Gates of Hell ( With: Janet E. Morris) 1986 Description / Buy
3 Kings in Hell ( With: Janet E. Morris) 1987 Description / Buy
4 Crusaders in Hell ( With: Gregory Benford, David Drake, Janet E. Morris, , Chris Morris) 1987 Description / Buy
5 Angels in Hell ( By: Janet E. Morris) 1987 Description / Buy
6 The Little Helliad ( By: Janet E. Morris, Chris Morris) 1988 Description / Buy
7 War in Hell ( By: Janet E. Morris) 1988 Description / Buy
8 Prophets in Hell ( With: George Alec Effinger, Robert Sheckley, David Drake, Janet E. Morris, , Chris Morris) 1989 Description / Buy
9 Lawyers in Hell ( By: Janet E. Morris, Chris Morris, , Jason Cordova) 2011 Description / Buy
10 Poets in Hell ( By: Janet E. Morris, , Chris Morris) 2014 Description / Buy

Order of Alien Stars Series

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1 Alien Stars ( With: Timothy Zahn, Joe Haldeman) 1985 Description / Buy
2 After the Flames ( By: Robert Silverberg) 1985 Description / Buy

Order of Infinite Stars Series

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1 Infinite Stars 2017 Description / Buy
2 Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers 2019 Description / Buy

Order of Heroes In Hell Series with David Drake

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1 Explorers in Hell ( By: David Drake) 1989 Description / Buy

Order of Blood Of Ten Chiefs Series

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1 The Blood of Ten Chiefs ( With: Nancy Springer, Diana L. Paxson, Lynn Abbey, Robert Lynn Asprin, Diane Carey) 1986 Description / Buy
2 Wolfsong ( By: Lynn Abbey, Robert Lynn Asprin) 1989 Description / Buy
3 The Winds of Change ( By: Mercedes Lackey, Nancy Springer, Janny Wurts, Diana L. Paxson, , Lynn Abbey) 1989 Description / Buy
4 Against the Wind ( By: Mercedes Lackey, Nancy Springer, Diana L. Paxson, , Lynn Abbey, Len Wein) 1990 Description / Buy
5 Dark Hours ( By: Mercedes Lackey, Esther M. Friesner, Nancy Springer, Diana L. Paxson, Lynn Abbey) 1993 Description / Buy

C.J. Cherryh Anthologies

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1 Alien Stars 1985 Description / Buy
2 Moonsinger's Friends: An Anthology in Honor of Andre Norton 1985 Description / Buy
3 Once Upon a Time 1991 Description / Buy
4 Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers 2019 Description / Buy
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Her decision to use initials can be attributed to the fact that science fiction was a male-dominated genre when she was starting. Cherryh attended the University of Oklahoma (Bachelor of Arts degree) and Johns Hopkins University (Master of Arts degree).

She eventually became a teacher at John Marshal High School in Oklahoma City. Her day job required Cherryh to teach Latin. But she was far more interested in history and religion.

She would indulge these passions during the summer by leading tours of ancient ruins in countries like Italy and England. She took inspiration from Roman and Greek mythology to concoct her stories.
The author was an avid writer by this point. She started telling stories at the age of ten. Cherryh was obsessed with the ‘Flash Gordon’ TV show. When the show was canceled, she responded to the loss by writing stories.

Rather than following in the footsteps of her peers, who started by writing short stories before jumping to full-length novels, Cherryh wrote several full-length novels before she turned her attention to short stories.

Initially, the publishing arena was not receptive to the author’s work. Some publishers went so far as to misplace the manuscripts she had sent to them. Back then, before computers became so common, it was cheaper to retype a manuscript from a carbon copy than it was to pay for photocopying.

Cherryh was so dedicated to her publishing dreams that she painstakingly retyped the manuscripts that had been lost and resubmitted them. Once her career took off, she became a prominent member of the DAW Books family. She has had the pleasure of publishing her novels with companies like Baen Books and Random House.

But DAW Books has a special place in her heart because of her relationship with Donald A. Wollheim, the company’s founder. When he bought her manuscripts, Cherryh felt like her books had finally reached their true destination.

Wollheim was such an important part of the author’s life that she would stay at his family home whenever she went to New York City. Among her fans, Cherryh had a reputation for creating incredibly detailed fictional settings.

Her worlds feel like real places with tangible cultures and traditions. She writes in the third person. Her narration only reveals the things the character sees.

C.J. Cherryh Awards

She has won John W. Campbell and Hugo awards. She has also been nominated for Nebula, World Fantasy, Philip K Dick, Prometheus, and British Fantasy Society Awards.

Best C.J. Cherryh Books

The author has a variety of interests, including figure skating, traveling, planetary geology, cosmology, and photography, to mention but a few. Cherryh’s best books include:

The Pride of Chanur: Tully was something new. The people of Meetpoint Station had never seen his kind before. While the other members of his company had perished, Tully had fallen prey to the sadistic kif.

But he had escaped, finding his way to The Pride of Chanur. But his relief was short-lived. Tully was no ordinary fugitive. He had a critical piece of information, the kind that could make or break the fortunes of any species that was fortunate or unfortunate enough to get their hands on it.

Invader: When the Phoenix abandoned them, a colony of humans had to forge a new life on the Atevi planet. It had taken two centuries but the colony had turned the world of the Atevi into their new home.

The return of the phoenix all these centuries later has only served to plant seeds of doubt and confusion. Bren Cameron wants to do his part to keep the peace between the humans and the Atevi. But he returned from his procedure in Mospheira too late.

Even though his government had recalled him, Bren learned, later on, that Deana Hanks had been sent in his place. Deanna hated the Atevi and Bren knew that his actions would destroy the stability they had worked so hard to establish.

His only option is to approach the phoenix, not as the human spokesman but as the representative of the Atevi, an act that could alienate him from his people.

When Does The Next C.J. Cherryh book come out?

C.J. Cherryh doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is Divergence and was released on September, 8th 2020. It is the newest book in the Foreigner Series.

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