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The Collected Short Fiction of C.J. Cherryh

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Daw is thrilled to present the first and only complete and comprehensive volume of C.J. Cherryh's short fiction in trade paperback

Featuring the short stories, novellas, and novelettes-including the award-winning story, Cassandra, and a new novella written specifically for this book-of the multiple award-winning author, this volume is a must-have for fans and newcomers al
Paperback, 642 pages
Published February 28th 2005 by DAW Books (first published 2004)
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Mar 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
The title says it all ... I'd actually read about 2/3 of this in the past; Collected Short Fiction includes the complete contents of two earlier books (Sunfall from 1981, which was also the original source of the cover painting, and Visible Light from 1986, Cherryh's first short story collection). The remaining third is previously uncollected stories from the late 1970's until the early 2000's. In order:

Sunfall, the first portion of the collection, is a series of linked stories set in various ci
Michael Battaglia
Short stories are good for authors because they let them play with ideas that are either wildly different from what they would normally write and perhaps take ideas that can't be developed into a full brick of a novel into a still workable tale. Short story collections are often good for giving the reader a glimpse at what else an author can do besides what they might normally be used to without having to scour magazines and various anthologies to hunt down the interesting side trails, not unlik ...more
May 31, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, short-stories
A huge range of stories: hard sci fi, high fantasy, alternate reality. The quality is mostly good, with some baffling, at least one or two hilarious, and a few that are stunningly beautiful. I'd pretty much recommend this book to anyone.
Gregg Wingo
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
OK, folks, I am going to use a term that I absolutely hate: speculative fiction. There is no other way to describe what C.J. Cherryh does in this collection. She illustrates her mastery of SF, fantasy, horror, detective stories, and Classicalism - her formal field of study. Not only does she cover them all she mixes them to create something astoundingly nove and in the shorter storytelling formats no less. This is, of course, best realized and recognized in the Hugo Award winning "Cassandra" whi ...more
Fraser Sherman
Dec 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, sf
This collects Sunfall (a collection about Earth's great cities in the final age of the world), Visible Light (Cherry's first short fiction collection) and various uncollected stories. Quality is variable, but the best stuff is good enough for a four star average. The weakest part was actually the individual introductions to the Visible Light stories, in which Cherryh tries to be deep and fails miserably. Overall I prefer the fantasy stories to the SF, but that's personal taste. Long, but very fe ...more
Nov 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This is a review on The Threads of Time, which I give 3/5 stars.

This was definitely a story of two parts. The first part is about the qhal - who they are or what they look like, really, isn't given. My mind said 'humanoid', if not human. The general gist is that they found a Gate, and that Gate led to others and they're able to time travel - only going forward in time, mind through the Gates. And then that ALL of them are at the last gate (another end-of-time story) and they're too scared to go
Frederick Allen
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
So, to begin with, I'm a huge C.J. Cherryh fan. Her novels, and stories, fall right into the categories that I am a huge fan of (Sci-Fi and Fantasy). However, unlike many authors who do this, her novels have a style and thought in them that many of the more prolific writers lack.

This book is a collection of her Short Fiction, and it is one of the best collections I've read. I am not going to review each piece as this book is as long as 3 novels of the same style. There were a few stories that I
Jul 19, 2010 rated it liked it
It's a mixed bag, like any anthology. I will say the range is great - high fantasy to urban fantasy to space opera and hard sf. Cherryh says in her forward that she is not a short story writer, and that's kinda clear by the dominance of novellas in the collection. I also got a bit of a feeling that she likes to take her time with long openings and her endings seemed rushed in comparison.

Still a fan, but I'd say about one-quarter of the stories just didn't thrill me, one quarter really did, and t
Buzz H.
Nov 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: f-sf
An outstanding collection of short tales from one of the best fantasy and SF authors alive. I particularly recommend Pots, a tale of alien archeologists arriving on a future Earth. I loved this one so much that I have re-read it a dozen times.

My other favorite in this collection is The Last Tower. This is a little gem of a tale with a great origin story of its own. While at a science fiction convention Ms. Cherryh was challenged on a Friday to write a short story on the back of a postcard (!) th
Marti Dolata
Jul 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf-f, anthology
A permanent addition to my home library.

Two stand outs:
Scapegoat - If I were publishing an anthology of military SF, I would absolutely include this. Thoughtful, gritty and moving. I'd also include it in one about alien contact.

If you ever wondered what it felt like to be a teen growing up during the cold war years, this story captures the emotion, so, so clearly. The fear and dread. I just reread it in Women of Futures Past: Classic Stories Women of Futures Past Classic Stories by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and it all came back to me. It is also incl
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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 more 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 ...more
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