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Publication Order of The Morgaine Cycle Books

Gate of Ivrel (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Well of Shiuan (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fires of Azeroth (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Exile's Gate (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Hanan Rebellion Books

Brothers of Earth (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hunter of Worlds (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of The Faded Sun Books

Kesrith (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shon'jir (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kutath (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Alliance-Union Books

Serpent's Reach (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Forty Thousand in Gehenna (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Hinder Stars Books

Alliance Rising (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Chanur Books

The Pride of Chanur (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chanur's Venture (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Kif Strike Back (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chanur's Homecoming (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chanur's Legacy (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Alliance-Union: Company Wars Books

Downbelow Station (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Merchanter's Luck (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rimrunners (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Heavy Time (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hellburner (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tripoint (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Finity's End (1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Chronological Order of Alliance-Union: Company Wars Books

Heavy Time(1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hellburner(1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Downbelow Station(1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Merchanter's Luck(1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rimrunners(1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tripoint(1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Finity's End(1997)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Age of Exploration Books

Port Eternity (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Voyager in Night (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cuckoo's Egg (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Arafel Books

The Dreaming Tree (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Tree of Swords and Jewels (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Heroes In Hell Books

Rebels In Hell (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gates of Hell (With: Janet E. Morris) (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Masters in Hell (With: David Drake) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kings in Hell (With: Janet E. Morris) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Legions of Hell (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Merovingen Nights Books

Angel with the Sword (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Festival Moon (By:Pat Tobin) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fever Season (By:Pat Tobin) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Troubled Waters (By:Chris Morris) (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Smuggler's Gold (By:Chris Morris) (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Divine Right (By:Bradley H. Sinor) (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Flood Tide (By:Bradley H. Sinor) (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Endgame (By:Pat Tobin) (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Alliance-Union: Cyteen Books

The Betrayal (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Rebirth (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Vindication (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Regenesis (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Rusalka Books

Rusalka (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Chernevog (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Yvgenie (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of The Sword of Knowledge Books

A Dirge for Sabis (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wizard Spawn (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Reap the Whirlwind (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Foreigner Books

Foreigner (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Invader (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Inheritor (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Precursor (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Defender (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Explorer (2002)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Destroyer (2003)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Pretender (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deliverer (2007)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Conspirator (2009)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deceiver (2010)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Betrayer (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Intruder (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Protector (2013)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Peacemaker (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Tracker (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Visitor (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Convergence (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Emergence (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Resurgence (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Divergence (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Finisterre Books

Rider at the Gate (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cloud's Rider (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Fortress Books

Fortress in the Eye of Time (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fortress of Eagles (1998)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fortress of Owls (1999)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fortress of Dragons (2000)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fortress of Ice (2006)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of The Gene Wars Books

Hammerfall (2001)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Forge of Heaven (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Hestia (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wave Without a Shore (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Glass and Amber (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Paladin (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Goblin Mirror (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Faery in Shadow (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lois & Clark (1996)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Sunfall (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Visible Light (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Collected Short Fiction of C.J. Cherryh (2004)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Heroes In Hell Books

with David Drake
Explorers in Hell (By:David Drake) (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Alien Stars Books

Alien Stars (With: Timothy Zahn,Joe Haldeman) (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
After the Flames (By:Robert Silverberg) (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Anthology series.

Publication Order of Infinite Stars Books

Infinite Stars (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Heroes in Hell Books

Heroes in Hell (With: Gregory Benford,Janet E. Morris,,Chris Morris) (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Gates of Hell (With: Janet E. Morris) (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Kings in Hell (With: Janet E. Morris) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crusaders in Hell (With: Gregory Benford,David Drake,Janet E. Morris,,Chris Morris) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Angels in Hell (By:Janet E. Morris) (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Little Helliad (By:Janet E. Morris,Chris Morris) (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
War in Hell (By:Janet E. Morris) (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Prophets in Hell (With: George Alec Effinger,Robert Sheckley,David Drake,Janet E. Morris,,Chris Morris) (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lawyers in Hell (By:Janet E. Morris,Chris Morris,,Jason Cordova) (2011)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Poets in Hell (By:Janet E. Morris,,Chris Morris) (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Blood Of Ten Chiefs Books

The Blood of Ten Chiefs (With: Nancy Springer,Diana L. Paxson,Lynn Abbey,Robert Lynn Asprin,Diane Carey) (1986)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Wolfsong (By:Lynn Abbey,Robert Lynn Asprin) (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Winds of Change (By:Mercedes Lackey,Nancy Springer,Janny Wurts,Diana L. Paxson,,Lynn Abbey) (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Against the Wind (By:Mercedes Lackey,Nancy Springer,Diana L. Paxson,,Lynn Abbey,Len Wein) (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Hours (By:Mercedes Lackey,Esther M. Friesner,Nancy Springer,Diana L. Paxson,Lynn Abbey) (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Anthology series.

Publication Order of Anthologies

Alien Stars(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Moonsinger's Friends: An Anthology in Honor of Andre Norton(1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Once Upon a Time(1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Infinite Stars: Dark Frontiers(2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

CJ Cherryh
Carolyn Janice Cherry was born in St. Louis, Missouri on September 1, 1942 and grew up mainly in Lawton, Oklahoma.

She is a writer of speculative fiction, and has written numerous books since the mid-seventies, including “Downbelow Station” and “Cyteen”, which both won Hugo Awards, which are each set in her Alliance-Union universe, and her Foreigner Universe. “Cassandra”, a short story, also is a Hugo Award winner. “Cyteen” also won a Locus Award.

CJ is known for world building, depicting fictional realms with such great realism support by vast research in archaeology, psychology, history, and language.

CJ started writing stories when she was ten when she was frustrated with “Flash Gordon”, her favorite TV show, getting canceled.

Carolyn got her Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin from the University of Oklahoma (Phi Beta Kappa), with academic specializations in mythology, archaeology, and the history of engineering, in 1964. She got her Masters of Arts degree in classics from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, where she was a Woodrow Wilson fellow in 1965.

After she graduated, Cherry taught Ancient Greek, Latin, the classics, and ancient history at John Marshall High School in the Oklahoma City public school system. Even though her job was to teach Latin, her passion was the religion, history, and culture of Ancient Greece and Rome. During her summers she would conduct student tours of the ancient ruins in Italy, Spain, France, and England.

During her spare time, she’d write, using the mythology of Greece and Rome as plots for her stories on the future. Cherryh didn’t follow the professional path of science fiction authors at the time, which was to publish short stories in science fiction and fantasy magazines first before progressing to novels. She never even considered writing short stories until she’d already had many novels published.

CJ wrote novels during her spare time from teaching and submitted these manuscripts to get published, meeting with little success, initially. Various publishers lost her manuscripts, which forced her to retype them entirely, using her carbon copies, time-consuming to do, yet was cheaper than paying for photocopying.

She appended a silent “h” to her real name since her first editor (Donald A. Wolheim) felt that “Cherry” sounded much too much like a romance author. She used her initials in order to disguise the fact that she was a female at a time when the vast majority of science fiction writers were men.

Her big break came in the year 1975 when Donald bought the two manuscripts she’d submitted to DAW Books, “Gate of Ivrel” and “Brothers of Earth”, with each getting published in 1976. These books earned her immediate recognition and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in the year 1977.

“Brothers of Earth” was the first time a book of hers found an ending and truly worked, since she had made contact with Donald at DAW, found he was interested, and was able to write for a specific editor whose body of work and sort of story that she knew. This was a good match. These were characters that she had invented when she was around thirteen years old. So it was a long time favorite of her untold stories, and wound up being the first in print.

In the year 1979, “Cassandra” won the Best Short Story Hugo, and she quit her teaching job in order to write full time.

Her writing has encompassed all kinds of science fiction and fantasy subgenres and includes just a few shorter works of non-fiction. Her novels have been translated into Hungarian, French, Lithuanian, German, Czech, Japanese, Hebrew, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Russian, Latvian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Slovak. She’s also translated several published works of fiction from French into English.

Her protagonists typically try to uphold existing social norms and institutions in the service of the greater good as the antagonists typically try to subvert, radically alter, or exploit the predominant social order for their own selfish gain. She uses the theme of the outsider finding his (or her) own place in society and how different individuals interact with The Other.

A number of Cherryh’s works focus on political and military themes. An underlying theme in her work is an exploration of gender roles. Her characters reveal both weaknesses and strengths regardless of what their gender is, although her female protagonists are depicted as being especially determined and capable, and many of her male characters are shown to be abused, damaged, or otherwise vulnerable in someway.

She lives with science fiction and fantasy writer and artist Jane Fancher, near Spokane, Washington. She enjoys traveling, skating, and regularly making appearances at science fiction conventions. Other hobbies include photography, pond-building for koi (she runs a marine tank and can plumb just about anything), planetary geology, and physics. David A. Cherry, her brother, is a science fiction and fantasy artist.

“Foreigner” is the first novel in the “Foreigner” series and was released in 1994. The groundbreaking book which launched Cherryh’s eponymous space opera series about first contact and all its consequences.

It’d been close to five centuries since the starship Phoenix, which was lost in space and desperately trying to locate for the closest G5 star, and had encountered the planet of the atevi. Law was kept by the use of registered assassination, war became inevitable after humans and a faction of atevi established a working relationship, and alliances were defined by individual loyalties and not geographical borders, on this planet. It was a war which humans didn’t have any chance of winning on this planet so many lightyears from home.

Now, almost two hundred years after this conflict, humanity’s traded its advanced tech for peace and some island refuge which no atevi are ever going to visit. Then the only human that the treaty allows into atevi society gets marked for a hitman’s bullet. The work of a single isolated lunatic? The interests of some particular faction? Or is this the consequence of a human’s fondness for a species that has got fourteen different words for betrayal and none for love?

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5 Responses to “C.J. Cherryh”

  1. Becky McCain: 9 months ago

    You deserve every accolade you received. My favorites are the Foreigner and Change series. I am an older retired and disabled military adult and I sincerely ask you to not only continue those series but to also ensure that audio books are made available for those of us that need that type of media in order to fully enjoy your work. Also, there are many of us who were socially isolated due to health issues long before the Covid-19 outbreak and it’s books both written and particularly audio books that provide any enjoyment or escape from chronic pain or loneliness. God bless you for caring about your readership.

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  2. Walter Stewart: 10 months ago

    Please ignore Dal Allen regarding his/her comment about your fabulous “Foreigner” series having peaked!!! I own them all in 1st Edition Hardbound and cannot wait for the 22nd one to get here!!! When do you think it will be out? Incidentally, I just noticed you were born in St. Louis, Missouri. I lived in St. Louis from Christmas break of my 6th grade year until 1972 when I was transferred business-wise to Omaha, Nebraska. My wife, Sharon, and I were married in St. Louis and had our first house and first baby there. Love your work…PLEASE KEEP IT GOING!!! I BUY EVERYTHING YOU PUBLISH!!!

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  3. Dal Allen: 1 year ago

    Love you C.J. ! Gate of Ivrel blew my mind &
    been a admirer ever since.Loved the Foreigner series but think it’s time to move on, after rebuilding the station & traveling to meet other races it seems to have peaked( like to see you revisit Chanur world.How do you “enjoy dinosaurs”?

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  4. RuthDJ: 3 years ago

    Spokane is in Washington, the state, not Washington DC.

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    • Debi Worthen: 12 months ago

      When is the next Foreigner book coming out. Loved all your books but the Foreigner series is my favorite.

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