Downbelow Station

By C. J. Cherryh,

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The Hugo Award-winning classic sci-fi novel about interstellar war.

The Beyond started with the Stations orbiting the stars nearest Earth. The Great Circle the interstellar freighters traveled was long, but not unmanageable, and the early Stations were emotionally and politically dependent on Mother Earth. The Earth Company which ran this…

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C.J. Cherryh‘s Hugo-winning Downbelow Station is on a lot of people’s TBR pile but I suspect due to its intimidating size, it never gets any further. Which is a damn shame. Once you get into it, the story is completely absorbing. Cherryh’s world-building is outstanding, presenting a convincing 24th Century society, with just enough enriching detail to draw you in. The politics and tactics of the warring factions are familiar yet not derivative. If you loved Alien’s Ripley as much as I did, then I suspect you will love the character of Captain Signy Mallory. She is presented as…

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Pell was the first Station to orbit a living world beyond Earth. It now stands as the last link to the closed Earth worlds and the tight fist of the Earth Company. Beyond Pell, Cyteen and hundreds of new worlds have turned their back on Earth. Can the rebel Union leave Earth behind entirely?

Downbelow Station is a wide-reaching story of rebellion and politics and out-growing a past that is too small. I love how CJ Cherryh tells this huge story through the lens of one particular merchant ship and its crew’s struggle to survive and find their place in…

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