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Visible Light (Daw science fiction) Mass Market Paperback – May 6, 1986

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From Publishers Weekly

Although Cherryh is the author of many novels, the introduction to this collection of short fiction provides her with a rare opportunity to speak directly to the reader. What we get from this former history teacher is a lecture that equates her light, romantic SF with the truth of history and myth. After this pretentious opening, the stories themselves seem even more meager. Several of them, she admits, were initially rejected or discarded and sat in the drawer for years. Her short novel "Companions" is unnecessarily elongated, but tells an interesting story of an explorer who may be facing a new life form that mysteriously fails to register on mechanical sensors. The best entry, "A Thief in Korianth," is an early, much superior version of the author's 1985 novel Angel with the Sword. This will be of greatest interest to fans of Cherryh's novels.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

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.

Product Details

  • Series: Daw science fiction
  • Mass Market Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: DAW; 672 edition (May 6, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0886771293
  • ISBN-13: 978-0886771294
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,087,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Hardcover
This book is an absolute must for any C.J. Cherryh fan. As a collection of short stories, it does not have quite as much character and plot development as most of the author's books. However, it provides an intriguing glimpse into the development of some of Cherryh's best known characters, including Altair Jones of _Angel with the Sword_, and Caith Mac Sliabhin from _Faery in Shadow_. If you're a Cherryh fan, you'll love this book.
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