Two voyages, two ships. One had been en route for over a hundred thousand years, was the size of an asteroid, and its place of launching beyond the trace of any man-made telescope. Its crew was an enigma.
The other ship had been out of Endeavor Station just a few months, was a tiny ore-prospector with a crew of three: Rafe, Paul and Paul's wife Jillan.
Two ships were on a collision course which neither could avoid in time. The three humans were the first of their species the master of the monster had encountered, but now two were already dead and one was dying. But that could be remedied – and was, multifold.
Here is a truly unique novel by the author of the Hugo-winning DOWNBELOW STATION, that dares to explore the unexplorable – for what does alien mean, what can an infinite universe hold, and what would being merely human signify in that terrible context?
C. J. Cherryh (born 1942) is the pen name of Carolyn Janice Cherry, a multiple-award-winning science fiction and fantasy writer. She currently resides in Spokane County, Washington.
Cherryh is pronounced ”Cherry”. The author appended a silent ”h” to her real name because her first editor felt that ”Cherry” sounded too much like a romance writer.
The asteroid 77185 Cherryh has been named in her honour.
The Alliance-Union Universe :: Series
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.