New York: Daw Books, 1981. Book Club Edition. Hardcover. Blue cloth with pictorial dustjacket. 439p. Inscribed by author. Book and dustjacket in very good condition. Some minor abrading at top edge of dustjacket and general shelf wear on other edges. Owners' names on front free endpaper. Otherwise a clean and tight book in very good condition. Inscription from Cherryh herself to owners on title page. Item #141236
Set in Cherryh's Alliance-Union universe during the Company Wars period, specifically late 2352 and early 2353. The book details events centering on a space station in orbit around Pell's World (also known as "Downbelow") in the Tau Ceti star system. The station serves as the transit point for ships moving between the Earth and Union sectors of the galaxy. Carolyn Janice Cherry (born September 1, 1942), better known by the pen name C. J. Cherryh, is an American writer of speculative fiction. She has written more than 60 books since the mid-1970s, including the Hugo Award-winning novels Downbelow Station (1981) and Cyteen (1988), both set in her Alliance-Union universe. Cherryh (pronounced "Cherry") appended a silent "h" to her real name because her first editor, Donald A. Wollheim, felt that "Cherry" sounded too much like a romance writer. Her initials, C.J., were used to disguise the fact that she was female at a time when almost all science fiction authors were male. Cherryh inscribed this book to the owners.