Alternate Realities

Alternate Realities In Port Eternity Their names were Lancelot Elaine Percivale Gawain Mordred Lynette and Vivien and they were made people clone servants who worked aboard The Maid an anachronistic fantasy of a

  • Title: Alternate Realities
  • Author: C.J. Cherryh
  • ISBN: 9780886779467
  • Page: 299
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • In Port Eternity Their names were Lancelot, Elaine, Percivale, Gawain, Mordred, Lynette, and Vivien, and they were made people, clone servants who worked aboard The Maid, an anachronistic fantasy of a spaceship They had no idea of their origins, from those old storytapes of romance, chivalry, heroism, and betrayal, until a ripple in the space time continuum sucked The MaIn Port Eternity Their names were Lancelot, Elaine, Percivale, Gawain, Mordred, Lynette, and Vivien, and they were made people, clone servants who worked aboard The Maid, an anachronistic fantasy of a spaceship They had no idea of their origins, from those old storytapes of romance, chivalry, heroism, and betrayal, until a ripple in the space time continuum sucked The Maid and her crew into a no man s land from which there could be no return, and they were left alone to face a crisis which their ancient prototypes were never designed to master In Wave Without a Shore Freedom was an isolated planet, off the main spaceways and rarely visited by commercial spacers It wasn t that Freedom was inhospitable, the problem was that outsiders tourists and traders claimed that the streets were crowded with mysterious blue robed aliens Native born humans, however, denied that these aliens existed until a planetary crisis forced a confrontation between the question of reality and the reality of the question In Voyager in Night Rafe Murray, his sister Jillian, and Jillian s husband Paul Gaines, like many other out of luck spacers, had come to newly built Endeavor Station to find their future Their tiny ship, Lindy, had been salvaged from the junk heap, and fitted to mine ore from the mineral rich rings which circled Endeavor But their future proved to be far stranger than any of them imagined, when a collision with a huge alien vessel provided them with the oddest first contact experience possible

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    About "C.J. Cherryh"

    1. C.J. Cherryh

      Currently resident in Spokane, Washington, C.J Cherryh has won four Hugos and is one of the best selling and most critically acclaimed authors in the science fiction and fantasy field She is the author of than forty novels Her hobbies include travel, photography, reef culture, Mariners baseball, and, a late passion, figure skating she intends to compete in the adult USFSA track She began with the modest ambition to learn to skate backwards and now is working on jumps She sketches, occasionally, cooks fairly well, and hates house work she loves the outdoors, animals wild and tame, is a hobbyist geologist, adores dinosaurs, and has academic specialties in Roman constitutional law and bronze age Greek ethnography She has written science fiction since she was ten, spent ten years of her life teaching Latin and Ancient History on the high school level, before retiring to full time writing, and now does not have enough hours in the day to pursue all her interests Her studies include planetary geology, weather systems, and natural and man made catastrophes, civilizations, and cosmology in fact, there s very little that doesn t interest her A loom is gathering dust and needs rethreading, a wooden ship model awaits construction, and the cats demand their own time much urgently She works constantly, researches mostly on the internet, and has books stacked up and waiting to be written.

    106 thoughts on “Alternate Realities”

    1. An omnibus collection of three novels (I'll update this review as I finish the subsequent books - Wave Without a Shore and Voyager in Night):Wave Without a Shore (read Nov 5-6): "Man, said the inscription, is the measure of all things. 'No,' he said." (p. 516).The quote pretty much sums up the theme of this novel, and I don't mean that to disparage the book. Before there was Beszel/Ul Qoma, there was Freedom*, a remote planet in Cherryh's Union-Alliance future whose human inhabitants refuse to " [...]


    2. C.J. Cherryh is one of my favorite science fiction writers. Her Downbelow Station is one of the greatest SF books of all time and she always provides a good read. Port Eternity is one of her more fanciful novels. It’s set in the Alliance Space universe of Downbelow Station and Cyteen and focuses on seven Azi—cloned humans—who run a luxury yacht for the extravagantly wealthy Lady Della Kirn. When the yacht is stranded in jump space the azi are pressed to grow beyond the taped instructions w [...]


    3. A collection of three unrelated stories set in Cherryh's Alliance-Union construct. All three are highly experimental in nature and reveal the highly sophisticated underpinnings of the author's education and imagination. Each is an expansion on her former Classic studies not in the pure sense but the Great Books sense and create a new synthesis with her passion for science fiction."Port Eternity" is an outgrowth of Arthurian legends and is focused on the conditioned behavioral patterns of the azi [...]


    4. It's odd calling something "Alternate Realities" when they take place in the universe that the author has created. At least it seems weird to me but that's probably why I don't work in publishing. Most of the Cherryh's novels set in the Alliance-Union history don't have a grand central plot but are mostly a series of stories set within different time periods and places inside that universe. Most of the time you can pinpoint where and when and mark the novels in relation to the "big" anchoring st [...]


    5. The three short novels collected in this book represent some of the most creative stories set in Cherryh's Union-Alliance universe, even if the characters come off as distant. These tales are only tenuously connected to the Union-Alliance universe, with the last one, WAVE WITHOUT A SHORE, being the only one that actually seems to interact with it in any manner. The stories feel like throwbacks to the 1970's era of sci-fi with an almost surreal aspect to them.


    6. Of the three novellas that make up "Alternate Realities," two are magnificent and one I can't ever finish readingMMARY OF "PORT ETERNITY":Wealthy Dela Kirn has made her personal starship into a tribute to the Arthurian legends she loves, staffed with androids named after the old heroes and villains. Only Elaine, Dela's maid, has listened to the tape that inspired their existence. She carries the burden for the others: why her dear friend Lance is programmed to hopelessly adore his owner, why gen [...]


    7. A great introduction to Cherry--although I say this as someone who still hasn't finished a novel. It's more accessible than finding a starting place in her extended series, while still taking place in the Alliance-Union universe: practiced space opera-level scifi without the detraction of the genres trappings. And it feels like Cherryh distilled: premises are slightly inscrutable, forcing the reader to actively engage with the text; the concepts are original (in Voyager in Night, brilliantly so) [...]


    8. 6/20014 Three shorter novels - Port Eternity, Voyager in Night, and Wave Without a Shore are combined in this omnibus edition. All are older novels by the brilliant and talented author. All three novels involve changing perspectives/realities of humans as they interact with others in the outer reaches of space.


    9. This would have gotten three stars except for the third novel in the collection, Wave Without a Shore, which was pretty high concept. It deals with personal realities and willpower and actually put me in mind of a Mage the Ascension game (My Paradigm v. yours) in an SF setting. Pretty thought provoking and it will probably stay with me for some time.


    10. I checked this book out as an ebook from my city Library to see how that would work, not to read it. After starting the book I just couldn't put it down. 5 stars for a truly immersive read that I couldn't predict, but became crystal clear in hindsight.


    11. "Port Eternity" is fun; "Voyager in Night" is trippy and puzzling as all get out (but makes sense in the ); "Wave Without a Shore" is the best story in the book.



    12. Only read Port Eternity. It was slow and dull right up to near the end where it suddenly got complicated. I really did not want to read the next story, which seemed similar after a few pages.


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