Serpent's Reach - C. J. Cherryh 8.00   2

The constellation of Hydrus, known as the Serpent, is compact and obscure as seen from Earth's sky. Even in the great area of interstellar colonization it remained obscure. For it was under strict quarantine – harboring an intelligent race, powerful, alien and inhuman.

Yet there were human colonies within the Serpent's Reach, cut off from the galaxy beyond, with their own inbred culture, their Families and traditions, and their special relationships to the inhuman majat.

This is the strange and brilliant novel of Raen, the last of the massacred Sul Family, and of her lifetime pledge to find vengeance. It was to take her across the worlds of the Reach into the very center of the alien webwork, into the strands of thought and counter-thought that knit the forbidden constellation nito a complex of interbred cultures that no outsider coudl hope to unravel.

In SERPENT'S REACH, the Hugo-winning author of THE FADED SUN and MORGAINE trilogies has written her finest science fiction novel to date.


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Release date 1980
Details updated August 26, 2022

The Alliance-Union Universe :: Series

Series contains 16 total works.

Mankind has flown to the stars, expanding far into the void. But relations between the colonies and Earth become tense, resulting in the forming of the Merchanters' Alliance and The Union.

Related series The Morgaine Cycle
Related series The Faded Sun Trilogy
Related series The Chanur Novels
Related series Cyteen
Related series The Hinder Stars

Brothers of Earth 6.00   1
Hunter of Worlds 8.00   1
Serpent's Reach 8.00   2
Downbelow Station 7.00   6
Wave Without a Shore 5.00   1
Merchanter's Luck 7.00   3
Port Eternity 6.00   1
Forty Thousand in Gehenna 8.26   4
Voyager in Night 6.00   2
Cuckoo's Egg 8.50   2
Merovingen Nights: Angel with the Sword 7.00   2
Rimrunners 8.00   4
Heavy Time 8.00   3
Hellburner 7.34   3
Tripoint 8.34   3
Finity's End 6.00   2

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