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Visitor (Foreigner) Mass Market Paperback – April 4, 2017
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“C.J. Cherryh's splendid Foreigner series remains at the top of my must-keep-up reading list after two decades." —Locus
"This is the kind of anthropological SF of which [Cherryh] is an acknowledged master." —Booklist
"A seriously probing, thoughtful, intelligent piece of work, with more insight in half a dozen pages than most authors manage in half a thousand." —Kirkus Reviews
“One of the best long-running SF series in existence...Cherryh remains one of the most talented writers in the field." —Publishers Weekly
“This is one of the best science fiction series currently running….by this point, the series has turned into a complicated set of thrillers involving political and factional turmoil, as well as a close and detailed examination of the troubled interactions between human and alien cultures.” —Strange Horizons
"My favorite science fiction series is C. J. Cherryh's Foreigner Universe. Cherryh deftly balances alien psychology and human vanities in a character caught between being human and part of an alien race." —Denver Post
“Cherryh plays her strongest suit in this exploration of human/alien contact, producing an incisive study-in-contrast of what it means to be human in a world where trust is nonexistent.” —Library Journal
"A large new novel from C.J. Cherryh is always welcome. When it marks her return to the anthropological SF in which she has made such a name, it is a double pleasure. The ensuing story is not short on action, but stronger (like much of Cherryh's work) on world-building, exotic aliens, and characterization. Well up to Cherryh's usual high standard." —The Chicago Sun-Times
“[Cherryh] avoids any kind of slump with a quick-moving and immediately engaging plotline, and by balancing satisfying resolutions with plenty of promises and ominous portents that are sure to keep readers’ appetites whetted.” —RT Reviews
“These are thinking man’s reads with rich characters and worlds and fascinating interactions that stretch out over many generations.” —SFFWorld
“Cherryh's forte is her handling of cross-cultural conflicts, which she does by tying her narrative to those things her point-of-view character would know, think, and feel.”—SFRevu
"The Foreigner series is about as good as it gets...so finely and densely wrought that you may end up dreaming of sable-skinned giants with gold eyes, and the silver spun delicacy of interstellar politics." —SF Site
About the Author
C. J. Cherryh planned to write since the age of ten. When she was older, she learned to use a typewriter while triple-majoring in Classics, Latin, and Greek. With more than seventy books to her credit, and the winner of three Hugo Awards, she is one of the most prolific and highly respected authors in the science fiction field. Cherryh was recently named a Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. She lives in Washington state. She can be found at cherryh.com.
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In VISITOR, right after they get the human/atevi mess on the space station above their world straightened out, they have the alien Kyo come to visit. Will the Kyo blow a hole in their station like they did at Reunion? (The Reunioners certainly think so!) Will the Kyo attack the planet? Or will this be a continuation of the peaceful but rudimentary negotiations that got the survivors off Reunion and made them a powder keg on Station Alpha? And just WHY did the Kyo blow a hole in Reunion? The answer is one of the best inevitable surprises in science fiction history.
I'm leaving out a lot of great subplots here: Cajeri's human friends, who recently visited him, get involved. Personalities from the starship Phoneix and the rescue mission get involved. The Assassin's Guild gets involved. It's truly epic.
DISCLAIMER: While I am friends with C.J. Cherryh here on Facebook, I have not yet had the privilege of meeting her in the real world - beyond the pseudo-virtual reality of Facebook. My first encounter with C.J. Cherryh was when I read her introduction to Andre Norton's "The Lore of the Witch World" - a collection of short stories set in and around the realms of Witch World. It was C.J. Cherryh who convinced me in that introduction that it would be okay to write to Andre Norton - my favorite author.
C.J. Cherryh is my second favorite author because she is able to weave vast panoramas while maintaining the all to human and alien natures of her characters with all their flaws and inconsistencies.
In "Visitor," the seventeenth novel in C.J. Cherryh's Foreigner sequence, we see at what lengths Bren Cameron will go to to protect and prevent an all out war between the atevi and the kyo - and it's a cold blooded and devastating choice that is done with all the calculating coldness of an aveti.
The kyo are coming to visit the aveti homeworld and to judge for themselves the true relations between aveti and humanity. While juggling to trying to prepare for the kyo visit, Cameron must also contend with a simmering rebellion by human refugees from the abandoned Reunion Station in kyo space.
As always, C.J. Cherryh has written a page-turning novel that aptly sets the stage for the next cycle of events to be chronicled in the next forthcoming novel!