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Explorer

de C. J. Cherryh

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Sèrie: Foreigner (6)

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The sixth novel in Cherryh's Foreigner space opera series, a groundbreaking tale of first contact and its consequences... It has been nearly ten years since the starship Phoenix returned to Alpha, the station orbiting the world of the atevi, which had been abandoned following a rift between a faction of the station's inhabitants and the spacers' Pilot's Guild. The unexpected return of the Phoenix has forever changed the lives of both atevi and Mospheirans, for over the ensuing decade, the captains of the Phoenix have brought both species into space. Their motivation seemed simple: Reunion Station, a human station in another sector of space, had been destroyed by aliens. But on his deathbed, the senior captain of the Phoenix admits that he lied to the crew--that Reunion was merely damaged, not destroyed, and many people may have survived. At this disclosure, the crew rebels and forces the Phoenix to undertake a rescue mission to Reunion. Onboard the rescue mission are Bren Cameron, brilliant human paidhi representing the atevi ruler Tabini-aiji, and Tabini's grandmother Ilisidi, a fearsome and ambitious atevi leader with an agenda of her own. Trapped in a distant star system with little fuel left, facing a bellicose alien ship, how can Bren help to avoid interspecies war when the notoriously secretive Pilot's Guild aboard Reunion Station refuse to cooperate, and may have kept the inhabitants of their own station ignorant of their true situation? The long-running Foreigner series can also be enjoyed by more casual genre readers in sub-trilogy installments. Explorer is the 6th Foreigner novel, and the 3rd book in the second subtrilogy.… (més)
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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
I really love re-reading this series. As this second mini-trilogy comes to a close, it shines in all the ways that the slow burn of book 5 does not. We're hurtling through space to new destinations for some and an intense rescue mission for others.

The space station that was left behind, Reunion, could be hurting bad or it could be besieged or it could be the source of a whole slew of headaches for all those people who mistrust the Guild. This is Space Opera, through and through.

How did we get from a translator in an alien society that barely had TV to this point, only ten years and 6 books in?

Easy! Read the books! :) And just to make sure you're on your toes, Cherryh makes absolutely certain that there's always THREE sides to the situations. Felicitous Three. :)

ALIENS. (New aliens! Oh goodness! What a scary turn! :) The Atevi, the Humans, and ... mysterious aliens! :) And of course the Atevi for all their assassinations seems to be much better suited for survival, politically, intellectually, and martially. Only the single human, our favorite Bren-nandi, seems to have the wits and wherewithal to handle both first-contact situations and hairy numbers theories at the same time. :)

God, I love this series. :) Translators KICK ASS.

Suffice to say, this is a thrilling novel that has just about everything, from strike forces to serious negotiations to seriously dark decisions and a HUGE can of worms.

And now we're getting set up for the next mini-trilogy, and translation is getting pushed to the forefront once more! :)

Ilsidi STILL ROCKS. :) ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
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“Jase-aiji suggests this maneuver will be extremely long, even days, and that for comfort and dignity—”
“No,” Ilisidi said abruptly. “We will not go below.”
“Nand’ dowager . . .”
“Interesting things happen here. Not there. If I were reckless of staff safety I would send after hot tea,” Ilisidi said. “I forego the tea. In that, I have taken my personal precautions and my staff is settled in safety."
Review:
BREN, EVEN FURTHER IN SPACE! WOO!

Explorer opens about a year after the previous book, when they are nearing the end of their journey to get to the Reunion outpost. And apparently they didn't do a whole lot of anything on the journey over, because only now things are coming to light that have apparently taken an entire year to find out. Which is about the only thing that annoyed me out of this awesome, amazing book.

Once things started going in this book, boy did they start going. Like from 0 to 100 in a chapter flat. This has happened in every book in the series so far, but it was just soo much more this time around. Completely action packed and full of awesome.

Bren the diplomat. What scary thought. This anxiety-ridden man is in charge. And everyone could die based on Bren's choices. Great. Marvelous writing. I loved it. I love Bren. I love this situation. I love these people. I love this story.

The cool thing was that there was an alien presence already at reunion when they got there. I expected the obstinacy from the Captain's Guild at Reunion. That was boring and expected and whatever. You knew it was going to happen. It just had to play out. I didn't expect all the action it engendered. And I didn't expect aliens so quickly, either. I like Bren the linguist.

Overall, I really liked reading the book. And I need more. Always, more. ( )
  keikii | Jan 23, 2020 |
Book six in Cherryh's Foreigner series.

It's funny... Almost nothing at all happened in the previous book, Defender, but I found that one a surprisingly quick read. Whereas lots of important stuff happens in this one, but, at least for the first 2/3 of the book, it dragged very badly for me. That might be partly down to my mood or something, but I think a lot of it was that, finally, the characters have come to a place where they can learn the answers to a lot of the fundamental questions of the series so far, but Cherryh continues to keep both them and us in a near information vacuum for a good, long chunk of the novel. Eventually, connections are made, action happens, progress happens, and things pick up a lot, but the wait to get there was kind of frustrating. ( )
  bragan | Dec 6, 2015 |
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The sixth novel in Cherryh's Foreigner space opera series, a groundbreaking tale of first contact and its consequences... It has been nearly ten years since the starship Phoenix returned to Alpha, the station orbiting the world of the atevi, which had been abandoned following a rift between a faction of the station's inhabitants and the spacers' Pilot's Guild. The unexpected return of the Phoenix has forever changed the lives of both atevi and Mospheirans, for over the ensuing decade, the captains of the Phoenix have brought both species into space. Their motivation seemed simple: Reunion Station, a human station in another sector of space, had been destroyed by aliens. But on his deathbed, the senior captain of the Phoenix admits that he lied to the crew--that Reunion was merely damaged, not destroyed, and many people may have survived. At this disclosure, the crew rebels and forces the Phoenix to undertake a rescue mission to Reunion. Onboard the rescue mission are Bren Cameron, brilliant human paidhi representing the atevi ruler Tabini-aiji, and Tabini's grandmother Ilisidi, a fearsome and ambitious atevi leader with an agenda of her own. Trapped in a distant star system with little fuel left, facing a bellicose alien ship, how can Bren help to avoid interspecies war when the notoriously secretive Pilot's Guild aboard Reunion Station refuse to cooperate, and may have kept the inhabitants of their own station ignorant of their true situation? The long-running Foreigner series can also be enjoyed by more casual genre readers in sub-trilogy installments. Explorer is the 6th Foreigner novel, and the 3rd book in the second subtrilogy.

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