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A Rave for My Favorite Author ~ C. J. Cherryh


I’ve been an omnivorous reader from the first time I could understand what those little symbols on the page meant.

I had to wait till I was in my thirties to find my favorite author—I’m in my sixties and she’s still my Mega-Fave!!

C. J. Cherryh has had well over 60 books published and is still working to increase that number.

Plus, even though she’s so prolific, her books still continue to challenge me as a reader. I’ve read two of her trilogies four times each and they still hold me enraptured and make my mind and heart spin-out new meaning—she’s certainly not a fluff writer :-)

If you’d like to tune into the daily life of a successful writer, do visit her blog, Wave Without A Shore.

Here’s a Summary Bibliography of Cherryh’s work.

A while back C. J. and her two author friends, Jane Fancher and Lynn Abbey started a very special website: Closed Circle Publications.

Here’s C. J.’s explanation of the endeavor:

“It’s nearly impossible to get backlist back into print these days, with publishers struggling for survival. The mega-oil-companies that have bought up publishers don’t want to print ‘old books’. They clearly don’t understand that science fiction and fantasy depend on backlist [note: all series books definitely depend on the backlist to make money and any author needs a strong backlist] so that new readers can get caught up. So we’ve gotten rights back for some of our books that are out of print, we are hunting down others, and we’re putting those books back in e-print, so you can download a reasonably priced file in formats you can migrate into the Kindle, into a Mobi-based reader (Closed Circle will link you to a conversion utility), or an ePub reader—or—and here’s the good news: your home computer can be a reader: get the software shareware from the left sidebar on my blog.”

Here’s a little “secret message” for my best friend: Have you started reading C. J.’s book Cyteen yet? << That link is an article about the book you should read :-)

So, to round out this post, here’s a two-part interview with Ms. Cherryh:


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6 responses to “A Rave for My Favorite Author ~ C. J. Cherryh

  1. jacobdp April 5, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Lynn Abbey is one of my favorite! Remember the original Thieve’s World shared world? I have reread the series a few times.

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    • Alexander M Zoltai April 5, 2012 at 6:35 pm

      I do remember that shared effort

      Plus, your mentioning it reminded me that Cherryh once said she learned to write by reading Fritz Leiber :-)

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      • jacobdp April 6, 2012 at 1:23 am

        Interesting. Never have read any of his stuff yet after reading the Wikipedia article I now must read him. I thought I had read most of the fathers of speculative fiction.

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        • Alexander M Zoltai April 6, 2012 at 3:11 am

          Yep, I have 7 of his short stories on my computer desktop to read :-)

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  2. John Pope April 6, 2012 at 12:26 am

    I like the idea of authors protecting their readers and saving the out of print material!

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    • Alexander M Zoltai April 6, 2012 at 3:12 am

      Yes, John Pope—the former Relish, sometimes Brokali, always JohnPaul :-)

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