Precursor by C. J. Cherryh
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One of science fiction's most highly respected writers, C.J. Cherryh impressed critics and fans alike with the Foreigner trilogy--the epic story of a lost human colony struggling to survive on the world of the alien atevi.

Now, in Precursor, both human and atevi return to space to rebuild and rearm the ancient human space station and starship, and make a dsperate bid to defend their planet against alien attack.

"A large new Cherryh novel is always welcome." --Chicago Sun-Times

Praise for the Foreigner series:

"Cherryh's gift for conjuring believable alien cultures is in full force here." --Publishers Weekly

"A seriously probing, thoughtful, intelligent piece of work." --Kirkus Reviews

"Close-grained and carefully constructed...a book that will stick in the mind."


"An incisive study-in-contrast of what it means to be human..."--Library Journal


About C. J. Cherryh

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A multiple award-winning author of more than thirty novels, C. J. Cherryh received her B.A. in Latin from the University of Oklahoma, and then went on to earn a M.A. in Classics from Johns Hopkins University. Cherryh's novels, including Tripoint, Cyteen, and The Pride of Chanur, are famous for their knife-edge suspense and complex, realistic characters. Cherryh won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1977. She was also awarded the Hugo Award for her short story Cassandra in 1979, and the novels Downbelow Station in 1982 and Cyteen in 1989.
Published October 1, 2000 by DAW. 455 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A pro-human atevi faction, led by the powerful Tabini, sponsors Bren Cameron as human translator/technical liaison and has appointed two loyal atevi, Banichi and Jago, as Bren’s bodyguards.

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In the fourth volume in her widely praised Foreigner series (Inheritor, etc.) Cherryh sends diplomat and translator Bren Cameron into space to conduct a tense three-sided negotiation among the Pilot's Guild on the recently returned human starship Phoenix, the atevi--the planet's indigenous sentie...

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