INHERITOR by C. J. Cherryh

The third in the First Contact/Foreigner series.  The following is a direct copy of the plotline from Goodreads.

“From its beginnings as a human-alien story of first contact, the Foreigner series has become a true science fiction odyssey, following a civilization from the age of steam through early space flight to confrontations with other alien species in distant sectors of space. It is the masterwork of a truly remarkable author.

Six months have passed since the reappearance of the starship Phoenix—the same ship which brought a colony of humans to the hostile environment of alien atevi nearly two hundred years ago. During these six months, the atevi have reconfigured their fledgling space program in a bid to take their place in the heavens alongside humans. But the return of the Phoenix has added a frighteningly powerful third party to an already volatile situation, polarizing both human and atevi political factions, and making the possibility of all-out planetary war an even more likely threat.

On the atevi mainland, human ambassador Bren Cameron, in a desperate attempt to maintain the peace, has arranged for one human representative from the Phoenix to take up residence with him in his apartments, and for another to be stationed on Mosphiera, humanity’s island enclave. Bren himself is unable to return home for fear of being arrested or assassinated by the powerful arch conservative element who wish to bar the atevi from space. Desperately trying to keep abreast of the atevi associations, how can Bren possibly find a way to save two species from a three-sided conflict that no one can win?”

So now we have a guy and woman who arrived on the planet from the spaceship Phoenix, by means of a drop shuttle, with two parachutes.  Technology from 200 years ago, but nobody has anything newer.  The woman is assigned to the human government on their island, and the guy to the atevi.  He has moderate rogi language, but the girl is far less competent.

More intrigue, more machinations,more political manipulations.  For those who prefer a wild and woolly style of space opera, they will be disappointed in this.  This series is more like the political intrigue of the Medici family  of the fifteen and sixteen hundreds in the Republic of Florence.




3 comments on “INHERITOR by C. J. Cherryh

  1. Bookstooge says:

    How many more of Cherryh’s books do you have still to go through?


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