By C. J. Cherryh
The sequence is determined within the similar Alliance-Union universe of Downbelow Station, yet in a area of house within the wrong way from Earth because the Alliance and Union. it's occupied by means of a few spacefaring civilizations certain by means of a collection of alternate treaties right into a so-called Compact. The Compact isn't a political association, and has no govt; it regulates basically the open exchange and accessibility of area stations to all civilizations, leaving them to unravel their conflicts and politics among themselves.
Human area borders kif and knnn territory, the main competitive and enigmatic species of the Compact respectively. First touch ensues whilst an formidable kif hakkikt (prince) captures a human exploration send. The final surviving workforce member, Tully, escapes whereas the kif send is docked at a station and lands up at the delight of Chanur, a hani service provider vessel commanded via Pyanfar Chanur. This triggers the occasions of the 1st novel within the sequence and its three-part sequel.
The books are written as surprisingly real looking area opera, with less ship-to-ship taking pictures than coercion, manipulation, politics, satisfaction contests, and clashing monetary pursuits interspersed with species-to-species miscommunication and misunderstanding.
The lifelike dealing with of linguistic and mental limitations is among the more desirable features of the books (especially in comparison to the style as a whole). the nature improvement is one other, that is additionally heavily hooked up to the inter-species kinfolk. because the (usually involuntary) publicity of the characters to varied cultures is going on, they're driven to probe alternative ways of thinking—and including consistent strain of either within your budget and instant chance that drives them to establishing new degrees of themselves. Even the "enemy" facet is instantly introduced from the extent of incomprehensible faceless risk into viewing them as a powerful but admirable opponent. The books are a metaphor of breaking psychological limitations, discovering oneself in adversity, and starting to be above petty pursuits in the direction of worldwide techniques and greatness.
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Extra info for Chanur's Venture (The Chanur Saga 2) (Alliance-Union Universe)
You safe. Hear? Safe, Tully. " He babbled in his own tongue. Water poured from his eyes and froze on his face. "Got," he said. "Got--" and abandoned her to dive back into the can, pawing amid the tangle of discarded breathing apparatus and trampled fruit, to stagger up again with a large packet in his grasp. He held it out to her, wobbling as she took it from his hands. "Goldtooth," he said, and something else that did not get past his chattering teeth. "He's going to freeze," said Chur, throwing one of the two coldsuits about his thinly clad, hairless shoulders.
C bu to re he C lic k he k lic C w. " She broke the contact and flipped the documents looking for key clauses. " "Full release," Khym said. " She gathered up all the papers, spun the chair on its mechanism. " Haral asked. "You stay here. Tell Hilfy meet me at the lock. I gods-rotted don't need protection from the stsho and I want you at controls. " She flung herself out of the chair and headed for the door. Tully was inbound, in great haste. " he cried. " She brushed past, or tried. He caught her arm.
If he won't take it he'll have to wonder. If he does and finds nothing but trade goods -- kif have remarkably little sense of humor, where face is involved. _Sfik_. And gods know if he has one of his cronies pick it up he'll have to wonder whether he got all that was in it. Kif don't trust each other. " "But--" Khym said. "No time. " Haral sat down at com, stuck the receiver in her ear and punched out a blinking light. "Captain, that's Tully again. He's called up here a dozen times. Keeps asking something about a packet of papers.
Chanur's Venture (The Chanur Saga 2) (Alliance-Union Universe) by C. J. Cherryh