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Cyteen: The Betrayal Paperback – February, 1989

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Questar (February 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0445204524
  • ISBN-13: 978-0445204522
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.2 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,068,815 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The first part of C.J. Cherryh's award-winning triad introduces the planet and complex politics of Cyteen, part of the Alliance/Union universe. Resources are limited and the scientific compound of Reseune, which produces computer-trained clones called azis, is a major power center. Reseune's lead scientist, the fierce and cruel Dr. Ariane Emory, has dominated Cyteen's political scene for decades. When she is assassinated, Reseune officials railroad a suspect and then experiment by creating a personal duplicate of Ariane. The bad news is, a clone isn't good enough. They want to recreate Dr. Emory's mind as well, and devise an artificial life for the little Ariane who'll be raised just like the original.

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I've written sf and fantasy for publication since 1975...but I've written a lot longer than that. I have a background in Mediterranean archaeology, Latin, Greek, that sort of thing; my hobbies are travel, photography, planetary geology, physics, pond-building for koi...I run a marine tank, can plumb most anything, and I figure-skate.

I believe in the future: I'm an optimist for good reason---I've studied a lot of history, in which, yes, there is climate change, and our species has been through it. We've never faced it fully armed with what we now know, and if we play our cards right, we'll use it as a technological springboard and carry on in very interesting ways.

I also believe a writer owes a reader a book that has more than general despair to spread about: I write about clever, determined people who don't put up with situations, not for long, anyway: people who find solutions inspire me.

My personal websites and blog: http://www.cherryh.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Lichter VINE VOICE on August 2, 2009
Format: Paperback
CYTEEN is C.J. Cherryh's best novel. It is touching, thoughtful, thought-provoking, challenging, and engaginly complex. Although it is set in the same universe as many of her other novels, general readers who have no prior experience with Cherryh will still find it accessible and enjoyable.

CYTEEN is set in Cherryh's Alliance-Union universe, where humanity has split into three mutually hostile camps -- Earth and its neighboring space stations; Union, based primarily on the planet Cyteen, but with several stations of its own; and Alliance, the newest grouping of the three, comprised almost entirely of space-based merchant ships and a few stations, most importantly at Pell's world (see DOWNBELOW STATION). Humans are not alone in this universe; they have had contact with the alien species forming the Compact (PRIDE OF CHANUR) and others. In this universe, habitable planets are scarce prizes that engender conflict and competition (40,000 in GEHENNA).

One of the most powerful actors in Union is is Reseune, a company that grows people in its labs and indoctrinates them from birth. The "azi" produced by Reseune are graded just like the people in Aldous Huxley's BRAVE NEW WORLD, from alpha to gamma and beyond, in descending levels of intelligence and creative potential. Reseune also produces "CITs" (citizens) when parents can't be bothered with live births or when "parental replicates" (clones) are desired. Azi are effectively slave laborers, who are psychologically fragile and totally dependent on CIT Supervisors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kathleen Loughlin on April 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book was especially gripping because the Union and Resune had appeared as a shadowy inhuman enemy in the Earth/Alliance/Union books where the merchanters alliance formed as a defense to being ground between the two powers of Earth and Union. Coming out of a vacumn that was only slightly touched by 'Forty Thousand in Gehenna' the Cyteen books suddenly brought to life an all too human Union, that has found a different way to survival in the stars.
In the betrayal, Ariane Emory's planned clone is brought to life after the assasination of the brilliant but somewhat twisted scientist that had a major part in the eugenics that keeps Union alive. The small Ari is but a minor character in this book, featuring Justin Warrick and his 'brother' the clone Grant. More interestingly, Justin Warrick suffered at the hands of Ariane Emory and you see his own struggle not to let the past poison his life, the child, or the suspicions of others destroy his own too fragile family.
It is a fast change from 'Union the Evil Ghost' to a fast dip into the world of Cyteen and a feeling of kinship with the beleagured people that struggle for survival there. A world not of evil, but like others, a mixture of people trying to survive. Better, this book was rapidly sequaled by parts 2 and 3, the rebirth, and the vindication.
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