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S of Man and wonders at its design and purpose especially as Sol struggles to rival the progress of the Farther Stars Now stationed on Alpha he must convince the crews that is happening with the megastations than meets the eyeFor the reasons behind the creation of The Rights of Man and its true plans could change everything not just for Sol but for the First Stars and the Beyond itsel. Five star read I said that Five Stars I m not even put off that this ends on a cliffhanger that has me anxiously awaiting the seuel One of my favourite settings for a story is space stations and Cherryh knows how to make me feel like I m there The close uarters the tension between different occupant factions station master Belters Spacers Stationers Earth Company representatives and the resource sucking ship under construction Right s of Man It s simmering tension on a good day and on a not so good day things can go uite pear shaped Alpha Station has seen better relevant days and so have the ship Families who dock there And then Finity s End out of Pell arrives and upends everything for everyone save a few in the know How events and plans unfurl and take shape were where the excitement was and was not surprisingly well doneAll the talk of Pell the Konstantins Cyteen and the Alliance have made me want to re read Downbelow Station one of my very favourite books I will say that nothing about Mallory or Jen were particularly interesting nor was their coupling They could literally be anybody because they re uite simply so everymaneverywoman they re nobody They re the obligatory part in service of the plot that I ve come to expect and find mostly innocuous in this universe so they didn t detract from the story for me but neither did they add anything I came for the politics trade issues and beginning of the Alliance and I got what I came forRecommended for fans of Cherryh and lovers of science fiction with political intrigue All the stars Fire and Desire uarters the tension between different occupant factions station master Belters Spacers Stationers Earth Company representatives and the resource sucking ship The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox under construction Right s of Man It s simmering tension on a good day and on a not so good day things can go The Illusionists uite pear shaped Alpha Station has seen better relevant days and so have the ship Families who dock there And then Finity s End out of Pell arrives and Planet of the Bugs upends everything for everyone save a few in the know How events and plans Fishes of the Open Ocean unfurl and take shape were where the excitement was and was not surprisingly well doneAll the talk of Pell the Konstantins Cyteen and the Alliance have made me want to re read Downbelow Station one of my very favourite books I will say that nothing about Mallory or Jen were particularly interesting nor was their coupling They could literally be anybody because they re Out of Bounds (Boundaries, uite simply so everymaneverywoman they re nobody They re the obligatory part in service of the plot that I ve come to expect and find mostly innocuous in this Grass, Sky, Song universe so they didn t detract from the story for me but neither did they add anything I came for the politics trade issues and beginning of the Alliance and I got what I came forRecommended for fans of Cherryh and lovers of science fiction with political intrigue All the stars

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Alliance Rising

And Fallon crew members of the Galway believe the ship belongs to Pell which has an interest in The Rights of Man another massive ship docked at Alpha It is under the command of the Earth Company but it is not uite ready and its true purpose is shrouded in mysteryJames Robert Neihart is captain of Finity's End a Pell ship flown by one of the Families He has heard whispers of The Right. There s a whole lot of rehash hereAnd that s about it I was fooled when I ought to know better but if I hear that C J s got a new book about the Company Wars era I start to pant a bit Silly me The amount of recapitulation over a single concept in this novel is staggering Out of 345 pages I think the same conversation is held between different sets of characters at least half a dozen times We get it Neihart wants to unionize the Family ships We get it We got it Move on Please please move onAdded to that is a really flat cast of characters that offer exactly nothing new to the universe Obligatory young man buried in seniority in his Family obligatory young woman dangled to him as bait from a different Family There is absolutely no feeling of chemistry between them nor any sense that they would actually sleep with each other the dialogue is just flat Which leads me to a larger concern spacer culture is really awful They drink a lot they talk about markets a lot they go to bars a lot and they have many many many many panic attacks A lot Which is to say it s the same spacer s culture without any added depth she s been hustling for over 20 yearsWhat did I expect I was hoping I should say we would get to the Holy Grail of her Company Wars era and that is Conrad Mazian I want a novel about him about his origins and the early days of the war and most of all what became of him afterward when he s just a hunted animal along with the ass end of his fleet down to about seven ships give or take one I don t recall exactly That was what I wanted what would be acceptable as a plot in these latter days of the Pell universe The entire MacGuffin of Rights of Man was painful to endure for 345 pages If that ship s not gonna suddenly throw off her disguise of bungled project and blast everything in sight with missiles then what is the damn point None at all If it takes 20 years to build a warship it ought to work right I had high hopes that Hewitt or Cruz was actually Mazian and the ship s name was actually going to be revealed as EuropeI also had hopes that she had finally thrown away her standard male character I like to call the Pale Sweaty Man You know who I mean Vanye NG Mallory s boy toy in Downbelow Station the lead in Merchanter s Luck They re all the same guy Anxious paranoid awkward overflowing with angst And here s Ross reasonably assured of himself to try and break the mold Until the spacewalk and the bleeding forehead and suddenly we have the standard issue Pale Sweaty Man in full regalia revealed as hero Surprised Naw just let down againAllegedly this is the start of a trilogy I ll be an idiot and read the second installment just in case Mazian might walk on stage though I realize after Alliance Rising it s really a long shot For all I know the entire content of book 2 will be the ship s manifest of Galway when she returns from Sol since C J seems so determined to ram the romance of commerce down our throats There ought to be to this universe than what we re allowed to see it s a pity we ll never get to see it The Black Ice Score (Parker, uite ready and its true purpose is shrouded in mysteryJames Robert Neihart is captain of Finity's End a Pell ship flown by one of the Families He has heard whispers of The Right. There s a whole lot of rehash hereAnd that s about it I was fooled when I ought to know better but if I hear that C J s got a new book about the Company Wars era I start to pant a bit Silly me The amount of recapitulation over a single concept in this novel is staggering Out of 345 pages I think the same conversation is held between different sets of characters at least half a dozen times We get it Neihart wants to The Black Painting unionize the Family ships We get it We got it Move on Please please move onAdded to that is a really flat cast of characters that offer exactly nothing new to the Fire and Desire universe Obligatory young man buried in seniority in his Family obligatory young woman dangled to him as bait from a different Family There is absolutely no feeling of chemistry between them nor any sense that they would actually sleep with each other the dialogue is just flat Which leads me to a larger concern spacer culture is really awful They drink a lot they talk about markets a lot they go to bars a lot and they have many many many many panic attacks A lot Which is to say it s the same spacer s culture without any added depth she s been hustling for over 20 yearsWhat did I expect I was hoping I should say we would get to the Holy Grail of her Company Wars era and that is Conrad Mazian I want a novel about him about his origins and the early days of the war and most of all what became of him afterward when he s just a hunted animal along with the ass end of his fleet down to about seven ships give or take one I don t recall exactly That was what I wanted what would be acceptable as a plot in these latter days of the Pell The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox universe The entire MacGuffin of Rights of Man was painful to endure for 345 pages If that ship s not gonna suddenly throw off her disguise of bungled project and blast everything in sight with missiles then what is the damn point None at all If it takes 20 years to build a warship it ought to work right I had high hopes that Hewitt or Cruz was actually Mazian and the ship s name was actually going to be revealed as EuropeI also had hopes that she had finally thrown away her standard male character I like to call the Pale Sweaty Man You know who I mean Vanye NG Mallory s boy toy in Downbelow Station the lead in Merchanter s Luck They re all the same guy Anxious paranoid awkward overflowing with angst And here s Ross reasonably assured of himself to try and break the mold Until the spacewalk and the bleeding forehead and suddenly we have the standard issue Pale Sweaty Man in full regalia revealed as hero Surprised Naw just let down againAllegedly this is the start of a trilogy I ll be an idiot and read the second installment just in case Mazian might walk on stage though I realize after Alliance Rising it s really a long shot For all I know the entire content of book 2 will be the ship s manifest of Galway when she returns from Sol since C J seems so determined to ram the romance of commerce down our throats There ought to be to this The Illusionists universe than what we re allowed to see it s a pity we ll never get to see it

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SFWA Grand Master Cherryh returns to the Hugo award winning Alliance Union Universe with a thrilling entry in her far reaching sci fi sagaYears after Sol has lagged behind other great megastations like Pell and Cyteen Alpha station receives news of an incoming ship with no identification The denizens of Alpha wait anxiously for news on the outsiders each with their own suspicionsRoss. Political intrigue and clashing mindsets at the beginning of the Alliance from Cherryh s mammoth future historyAlpha Station is the closest jump point to Earth and something of a backwater It s under a lot of stress because for decades all its resources have gone into a bold Earth Company plan a gigantic ship built from blueprints stolen from Pell Station a powerful political center of human space It appears to be built as a military ship with a mission to enforce Earth Company will on the Beyond After the giant ship Rights of Man performs poorly in testing the whole station is shocked when Finity s End the giant ship who s plans Rights was built from arrives spectacularly in system in a show of maneuvering that terrifies everyone But what is one of the largest ships in human space doing in a backwater like AlphaI ve been a huge fan of Cherryh and her Alliance Union books for a very long time but after the disappointment of Regenesis I was a little worried about what I d be reading here However this was brilliant and a triumphant return to her future history in its most well known period or at least close to it Jane S Fancher is co credited here and I think her contribution is clearly a positive one but given these two have been together for a very long time I always wondered if of Cherryh s books had a silent co authorYou don t need prior knowledge of the Alliance Union universe to pick this one up but like most of Cherryh s books it s still fairly dense and doesn t coddle the reader It is set earlier than any other book in this series though and reading it knowing where a lot of these events end up certainly adds something to the story but it s entirely accessible or as accessible as Cherryh gets without all the foreknowledgeThe Alliance Union series is an amazing future history and I thoroughly recommend it It s probably notable that this book will put the whole series in contention for the Best Series Hugo in 2020 something I really hope it wins The Black Painting under a lot of stress because for decades all its resources have gone into a bold Earth Company plan a gigantic ship built from blueprints stolen from Pell Station a powerful political center of human space It appears to be built as a military ship with a mission to enforce Earth Company will on the Beyond After the giant ship Rights of Man performs poorly in testing the whole station is shocked when Finity s End the giant ship who s plans Rights was built from arrives spectacularly in system in a show of maneuvering that terrifies everyone But what is one of the largest ships in human space doing in a backwater like AlphaI ve been a huge fan of Cherryh and her Alliance Union books for a very long time but after the disappointment of Regenesis I was a little worried about what I d be reading here However this was brilliant and a triumphant return to her future history in its most well known period or at least close to it Jane S Fancher is co credited here and I think her contribution is clearly a positive one but given these two have been together for a very long time I always wondered if of Cherryh s books had a silent co authorYou don t need prior knowledge of the Alliance Union Fire and Desire universe to pick this one The Forgotten Memoir of John Knox up but like most of Cherryh s books it s still fairly dense and doesn t coddle the reader It is set earlier than any other book in this series though and reading it knowing where a lot of these events end The Illusionists up certainly adds something to the story but it s entirely accessible or as accessible as Cherryh gets without all the foreknowledgeThe Alliance Union series is an amazing future history and I thoroughly recommend it It s probably notable that this book will put the whole series in contention for the Best Series Hugo in 2020 something I really hope it wins


10 thoughts on “Alliance Rising

  1. says:

    Remember when Star Wars The Phantom Menace first came out and the opening crawl started out by talking about trade routes and tax policy and everybody went Hur hur hur trade routes because that couldn't possibly

  2. says:

    Trade route politics has never been so gripping Seriously I need the seuel

  3. says:

    Political intrigue and clashing mindsets at the beginning of the Alliance from Cherryh's mammoth future historyAlpha Station is the closest jump point to Earth and something of a backwater It's under a lot of stress because for decades all its resources have gone into a bold Earth Company plan a gigantic ship built from blueprints

  4. says:

    I’ve been reading Cherryh and her Alliance Union books for a long long time — the first was published in 1981 and I started reading them not long after So it’s a real pleasure to see her return to this series after a long hiatus This one is a worthy addition taking us right back to the founding of the Merchanter’s Alliance The best review I saw here was Lindsay’s I recommend you read his before I make a few co

  5. says:

    Beguiled once again by CherryhStarting off I found this a dense read Having been a Cherryh reader for years I was scrambling to recall the earlier novels I'd read eons ago and to have those line up with the present happenings Not that it's necessary to read these before Alliance Rising but as I am an avid fan I was busy sorting thro

  6. says:

    There's a whole lot of rehash hereAnd that's about it I was fooled when I ought to know better but if I hear that C J's g

  7. says:

    Five star read I said that Five Stars I'm not even put off that this ends on a cliffhanger that has me anxiously awaiting the seuel One of my

  8. says:

    I'm super biased because CJ Cherryh's particular form of introspective nuanced dense political drama is my happy place Seriously sitti

  9. says:

    The Union Alliance universe is very spread out with many books written over many years This is the first new story in over 10 years and I didn't go back to re read the othersThis has the classic CJ voice with sharp subtleties and understated drama which still remains compelling There were twists in this story than I expected and yet I was never confused The characters were varied and the segments of the space bound societies were

  10. says:

    I had to give this a four because it is very slow reading You have to read a lot of backstory and world building before you really

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