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Fan meme: First; Last and Everything


    let's try this one. Stolen from the Mark Radcliffe Show on BBC Radio 2.

    My First Cherryh book was the Faded Sun trilogy, as published by the (sadly) now defunct David & Charles SF Book Club.

    The last Cherryh book I purchased, was Cyteen, the omnibus edition for a friend's birthday. The last I read, was Cyteen: The Vindication.

    The Cj Cherryh book that is Everything to me, is Downbelow Station; which contains my three of my favourite Cherryh characters; Signy Mallory; Josh Talley and Satin.

Hope this starts a discussion,

Goddess watch over us all,
'tis ok to be Takei,


A Different Kind of Enemy (1639 words) by opalmatrix
Fandom: Alliance-Union - C. J. Cherryh
Rating: Mature
Summary: Norway's crew has braved all kinds of enemy action in the past few decades. When their executive officer's life is in danger, they respond as they always do: together.


His Sword and His Shield (725 words) by opalmatrix
Fandom: Alliance-Union - C. J. Cherryh
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Grant ALX-972/Justin Warrick
Summary: Justin's learning to trust in his resources: both of them.

Passing in the Night (3497 words)
Fandom: Alliance-Union - C. J. Cherryh
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Summary: Ari was in the wrong place at the wrong time. Fortunately, Signy happened to be in the right place at the right time.

Written for the rarewomen challenge, for cordialcount, who promised that "a large variety of misshapen baked goods can be yours for the taking should you want to play around with a few decades and warzones to let Ari I meet Signy." In point of fact, the decades weren't so much of a problem ... .


Thought this might be of interest :-) Personally I saw this on the shelf of a local store in Newton Abbot, Devon, England, and didn't even check the price before I bought it! It was CJ Cherryh, and I imagine it as being akin to a new chapter of Dickens being published; so excited was I by the prospect.


'tis ok to be Takei,

geekandsundry has uploaded "Downbelow Station" - March Book Club Kick-Off & Your Feedback!.
We dive into CJ Cherryh's classic Downbelow Station, try to settle the age old question of "which was better: the book or the movie?" and give you the inside scoop on how to become a part of the first ever Sword & Laser anthology! Enjoy!

Discussion Links:
Book vs. Movie: http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1196881-the-movie-is-better-than-the-book
A Night in Lonesome October review by Aaron: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzN4XJONGXg

Anthology Submission Guidelines: http://swordandlaser.com/anthology/

Book Release Calendar: http://swordandlaser.com/calendar/

Subscribe to Geek and Sundry: http://goo.gl/B62jl

I've been writing a lot of CJC this past month ... .

A Way through the Woods (Tamas of Maggiar/Ela ng'Ysabela ; PG)

Title: A Way through the Woods
Author: opalmatrix
Fandom: The Goblin Mirror - C. J. Cherryh
Warnings: none
Rating: PG
Word count: 5,126
Pairing(s): Tamas of Maggiar/Ela ng'Ysabela
Spoilers: Spoilers for the canon material
Notes: For water_bby, who wanted Tamas, and maybe more about Ela, in their future together. And maybe also a visit to Yuri. Beta by my sis smillaraaq, the awesome Isis, and the excellent summerbutterfly
Summary: The way back to Maggiar should not be as long and arduous as the way to Ali'inel - should it?

Read "A Way through the Woods" at AO3

Give Him a Break (Grant/Justin; PG)

Title: Give Him a Break
Author: opalmatrix
Fandom: Alliance-Union (C.J. Cherryh's Cyteen and Regenesis)
Warnings: none
Rating: PG
Word count: 266
Pairing(s): Grant/Justin
Spoilers: or the (eventual) nature of their relationship in Cyteen and Regenesis
Notes: For cordialcount's Fandom Stocking. No Beta.
Summary: It's break time, but it takes Grant a moment to realize what he really wants.

Read "Give Him a Break" at AO3

Path Untaken (Ari II; G)

Title: Path Untaken
Author: opalmatrix
Fandom: Alliance-Union (C.J. Cherryh's Cyteen and Regenesis)
Warnings: none
Rating: G
Word count: 229
Pairing(s): n/a
Spoilers: Nothing much.
Notes: For yhlee's Fandom Stocking. Prompt (from The Almost Totally Random Writing Exercise Generator): "A Building Doorman - will you, would you, could you... ." No Beta.
Summary: It's not that Ari never questioned the facts of life in Union.

Read "Path Untaken" at AO3

The Lesson (Jago; G)

Title: The Lesson
Author: opalmatrix
Fandom: C.J. Cherryh's "Foreigner" series
Warnings: none
Rating: G
Word count: 715
Pairing(s): n/a
Spoilers: For Jago and Banichi's backstory
Notes: For nenya_kanadka's Fandom Stocking. No Beta.
Summary: For young Jago, a lesson in kabiu - and manchi.

Read "The Lesson" at AO3


Just a quick Cajieri piece....

I've been meaning to do more Foreigner fan art, but haven't had time.  And finally broke down and did a quick pic of Cajieri.

I offer it humbly to my associates.



For some reason, I had never read CJ Cherrryh's "Paladin." I guess she's so prolific that everyone has to have missed one or two of her books. Anyway, it's not one of her more famous and the reviewers on amazon were disappointed in the second half so I wasn't expecting to love it.

I did though. I have a hard time saying why - there's almost nothing original in it; yes, the second half is rushed. Still, she writes that tight view like no one else. It's exciting, it teases and satisfies at the same time. These two characters were particularly appealing.

Anyone else enjoy this one?