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By C.J. Cherryh | Comments: ( 206 ) | Date: ( Oct 17, 2019 )

Pell s Station, orbiting the alien world simply called Downbelow, had always managed to remain neutral in the ever escalating conflict between The Company, whose fleets from Earth had colonized space, and its increasingly independent and rebellious colony worlds But Pell s location on the outer edge of Earth s defensive perimeter makes her the focal point in the titaniPell s Station, orbiting the alien world simply called Downbelow, had always managed to remain neutral in the ever escalating conflict between The Company, whose fleets from Earth had colonized space, and its increasingly independent and rebellious colony worlds But Pell s location on the outer edge of Earth s defensive perimeter makes her the focal point in the titanic battle of colony worlds fighting for independence


  • Title: Downbelow Station
  • Author: C.J. Cherryh
  • ISBN: 9780413513106
  • Page: 210
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

C.J. Cherryh

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 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 with the modest ambition to learn to skate backwards and now is working on jumps She sketches, occasionally, cooks fairly well, and hates house work she loves the outdoors, animals wild and tame, is a hobbyist geologist, adores dinosaurs, and has academic specialties in Roman constitutional law and bronze age Greek ethnography She has written science fiction since she was ten, spent ten years of her life teaching Latin and Ancient History on the high school level, before retiring to full time writing, and now does not have enough hours in the day to pursue all her interests Her studies include planetary geology, weather systems, and natural and man made catastrophes, civilizations, and cosmology in fact, there s very little that doesn t interest her A loom is gathering dust and needs rethreading, a wooden ship model awaits construction, and the cats demand their own time much urgently She works constantly, researches mostly on the internet, and has books stacked up and waiting to be written.



Comments Downbelow Station

  • Lyn

    This book was too damn long.If you take a glass of whiskey and take a sip and it is too strong, add some water or ice and it makes it more enjoyable. But if you were to take the glass of whiskey and mix it with a gallon of water, then you will likely not even taste the whiskey.If an author takes a great idea and then adds five hundred pages to it, it may be too watered down.Too damn long.C.J. Cherryh's Hugo Award winning space opera novel about a far future Earth and its far flung colonial syste [...]


  • Dirk Grobbelaar

    There is an entry in Science Fiction: The Illustrated Encyclopedia regarding Downbelow Station. It reads: "a 'chamber' opera like Downbelow Station highlights human actors, stagefront, ashen with stress." Downbelow Station reads like a classical historical epic, with a large cast of characters, many of whom are family, lots of intrigue, shifting allegiances, backstabbing (sometimes quite literally), and of course, tragedy. I'm mentioning this, because many reviewers complain about the novel's sl [...]


  • Algernon

    [9/10]As a part of my "Summer of Women 2015" reading challenge, I feel I should say a few words about the importance of C J Cherryh in the storming of the gates of the 'boy's club' that was Science-Fiction in its early days. When she first started publishing her stories, she hid her gender behind those two innocuous initials. She then reached such heights of recognition and praise that she now has an asteroid named after her, deservedly acknowledging her stature and her influence in the field: R [...]


  • Clouds

    Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma: which reading list to follow it up with? Variety is the spice of life, so I’ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously. This book falls into my HUGO WINNERS list.This is the reading list that follows the old adage, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". I loved reading the Locus Sci-Fi Award winners so I'm going to crack on with the Hugo winners next (but only the post-1980 winners, I'll follow up wit [...]


  • Rob

    Executive Summary: If you like politics and war in a sci-fi setting where the focus is on the people and not the battles, this book is worth checking out. If you're looking for a lot of space battles however, you may be disappointed.Full ReviewI read this book as the March pick for Sword & Laser. It's still early in the month but so far most of the discussion seems to be in the Is anyone else having a hard time getting started? thread. I must say I don't really understand this.Sure this book [...]


  • Stuart

    Downbelow Station: Machiavellian intrigue in spaceOriginally posted at Fantasy LiteratureI’ve had C.J. Cherryh‘s 1982 Hugo Award winner Downbelow Station on my TBR list for three decades, and was glad I finally got around to it via Audible Studios, ably narrated by Brian Troxell. It’s an intense, claustrophobic, gritty space opera with a huge cast of hard-nosed characters battling to survive the Machiavellian intrigues of freelance Merchanters, Earth bureaucrats, Company fleet captains, Pe [...]


  • Wanda

    I’m becoming quite a fan of C.J. Cherryh. I really like the way she writes aliens and the Hisa/Downers in Downbelow Station were yet another notch on the positive side of the score board. I pictured their bodies as rather large baboon-like primates, with the faces of surprised baby orangutans. They definitely had their own thought processes and ways of communication, very foreign from those of human beings. Cherryh’s interest in history became apparent quickly, with the humans’ treatment o [...]


  • Stephen

    4.0 to 4.5 stars. Superb world-building, fantastic character development and excellent writing are the highlight of this Hugo award winning novel. Nobody does complex geopolitical plots like Cherryh and this is a great example. Classic space opera by a master writer. Winner: Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1982)Nominee: Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1982)


  • David Sven

    Detailed worldbuilding, engaging political intrigue, deep plot and story line, large cast of POV characters with complex relationships, macro socio-political and socioeconomic themes.So why have I given this 3 stars instead of 5. I had a big problem with the style of narration, which was exacerbated by some very ordinary audio narration. I really wish I could have gotten an ebook or DTE for the Sword and Laser group read. I just found Brian Troxell’s voice narration flat and boring. Unfortunat [...]


  • Terence

    PROLOGUE: Of late, I’ve been in a reading slump. Nothing on the to-read shelf calls to me, and I’m still trying to motivate myself to finish off several-too-many reviews that have been sitting on my desk. Though I’ll eventually return to newer prose, I’ve gone back to some old favorites, including the one currently under review. During my tenure at GoodReads, I’ve never passed up the opportunity to recommend this title to anyone willing to listen. I became a fan of C.J. Cherryh early i [...]


  • Megan Baxter

    This is the second C.J. Cherryh I've read in the past couple of months. I haven't tried her books since I was a teenager, when I stubbed my toe on one of her other books, found it opaque, and didn't try again. I'm glad I have given her another chance now, but I still find her books a bit, well, not opaque anymore, but a bit distant. Her characters seem kept at a distance from the reader, and that's a bit peculiar. However, under all that, they're really strong science fiction books, and if you c [...]


  • Stevie Kincade

    “Downbelow Station” was a very good book but necessarily a highly enjoyable one. I can’t imagine there were very many claustrophobic, morally ambiguous, multiple-perspective space opera’s around in 1982. It certainly seems innovative in that regard. It also seemed like the longest 330 page book I have ever read. In the month it took me to read it never became a slog but it was a very dense read that required a lot of focus. It felt like a minor achievement in finishing it.I am a sucker f [...]


  • Alex Ristea

    This quote from the introduction by C.J. Cherryh grabbed me right away:"So if you look up at night toward the Whale and the Great River, those of you who can find that view at night, you can see the very places I write about. And if you do see a bright flash out there, do tell me. Some of these people are armed and dangerous. But space is wide. You don't need the Whale and the River. If you look up at any two starry points of light in your own sky, you can very easily think of ships going betwee [...]


  • Wealhtheow

    I got 76% through this and just can't bear to keep trying to read it. The basic premise is fantastic: the under-supported Earth Company Fleet battles the unending waves of Union's brainwashed clones. The Fleet is pushed further and further back, until at last the battle reaches the space station orbiting Pell. Pell's station tries to remain neutral while both sides try to take it over. I love this idea! It's like DS9 mashed up with Tolkein. But I found the execution so lacking that I couldn't en [...]


  • Joseph

    This remains one of my favorite books. Cherryh works on a large canvas here, combining interstellar war and political intrigue and complex, sympathetic (or not so sympathetic) characters, all in a future that feels "lived in" -- I almost feel like I've walked Pell Station's echoing docks, heard the crash of seals as merchanters came in to berth, been slammed against my seat as Norway pulls a high-G course shift. Fortunes rise and fall, alliances shift, loyalties are tested, and the end comes at [...]


  • Andreas

    Great world-building regarding political, social and cultural relations and history. Astonishingly, this space opera is a bit weak w.r.t technology and science - we don't see much of those at all, just some age diminishing or mind altering drugs. On the other hand, there are obsolete technologies like lots of paper printouts, central computers or magnetic cards to open doors. But it works very good as a Hard-SF and I think I've never read a better example of live on a space station.It is a quite [...]


  • Carolyn

    This is described as a 'blockbuster space opera' and it certainly is that. This is the first novel by C.J. Cherryh that I've read and I was blown away by the scope of novel. She not only describes a very realistic view of life aboard a large and complex space station but introduces us to the politics around the Earth based Sol Company, which up to now has controlled space expansion and the space stations and the rebel Union, a new force aiming to free the stations from the Company's control and [...]


  • Maggie K

    After giving up on Cherryh's 'Foreigner' series, I have been wanting to try something different of hers, and finally read this, and I was pleasantly surprised. This isn't the sort of book I generally like--being military sci-fi/space opera,but I enjoyed the politics and world building. This also follows several characters, which I also like.Cons: It did start out a little dry, with an info dump of history, and the characters are all 'close to the vest' types, so there is not a lot of emotion her [...]


  • Sean O'Hara

    I don't know why so many science fiction fans find this book off-putting. Sure, it's ultra-dense, and Cherryh prefers to build the world through subtle hints for an attentive reader to pick up and put together. But we're geeks. We're smart guys. We wear hats. This is how we should want our books. We don't need our mommies to cut up our steak for us, so why do we need an author to spoon-feed us big chunks of exposition to explain every last nuance.I mean, here's how your typical sci-fi author wri [...]


  • Renay

    Slow burn military space opera with awesome ladies who are competent and complicated, arrogant dudes who pay and pay and pay, and also a cinnamon roll. It's been awhile since I exited a book going "I need OT3 fic ASAP." (As far as I can tell NONE EXISTS.)The only downside to this book for me were the hisa, alien creatures which felt as if Cherryh went, "what if I just took this romanticized ideal of how plantation-era slaves reacted to their owners and vice versa and used that?" I LIKED some of [...]


  • Sean Sullivan

    If you’re going to say you know something about the science fiction genre (and for my own odd reasons I want to be able to say that*), you have to read C.J. Cherryh. She is one of the genre’s most respected writers both for the depth of her “world building” as they call it, and for the application of social and political theory that she brings to her works. Downbelow Station is a book about war. The fact that it is war that takes place on spaceships and is fought with laser beams is real [...]


  • William

    Very good, loved it. Great space opera, plus some wonderful alien life on the planet below. Good pacing and characters, descriptive and clever. One of the best parts of the story is the wonderful, truly beautiful "hisa" species - the aliens on the planet Pell. Since this was written originally in 1980-81, the computer and technology "of the future" is very dated (with printouts being used etc), but this is still a great story, worth reading. Wish there were more of C.J. Cherryh "Alliance Univer [...]


  • Traci Loudin

    As much as I wanted to, I just couldn't get anywhere with this book. Sometimes you just have to surrender and admit that a book just isn't to your taste. I started getting intrigued a little once we found out who Josh really is, but wherever I'd put the book down, I just felt no inclination to pick it up again. Time to move on.


  • Xan

    Para leer antes de la trilogía de Cyteen, una buena historia sobre como las personas acaban entorpeciendo las grande estrategias si están en el lugar y momento adecuado. Un ejemplo de cómo las naciones acaban abandonando a sus soldados en guerras olvidadas, en conflictos perdidos. Me recuerda a los Últimos de Filipinas.


  • Jamie Collins

    The 1982 Hugo Award winner. It has a really interesting setting: a space station which is trying to survive and stay neutral in the midst of an interstellar war. There are family owned and operated merchant ships which also attempt to stay neutral. The war is being fought by a fleet of warships built by Earth, and forces from a Union of human settlements further out in the galaxy.The setting is the best part of the book, which is long and rather gloomy, without a flicker of humor. It’s readabl [...]


  • Mawgojzeta

    I read this book the first time when I was quite young. After reading this I went on to others in the Alliance/Union universe a few years later. I remember that I really enjoyed the book, but I was maybe too young (not enough life experience) to really "get" some of the character motivation and what-not. This time, I chose to re-read Heavy Time and Hellburner before revisiting this book. I think this was a good choice. The order change combined with being 20-something years older really pushed t [...]


  • Jenny T

    It took me about 200 pages to really get into this one: I'm not used to hard political science fiction, and keeping track of the various parties vying for control of a space station (and their ever-changing loyalties) was a bit of a challenge. One that definitely paid off--Ms. Cherryh managed to maintain the suspense for *hundreds* of pages and then top it off with a very satisfying ending.Also, I have to note: this is how you write good female characters. Not the "kicks butt but secretly has a [...]


  • Geoff

    Despite it taking me almost a month to read, I really enjoyed Downbelow Station. It just took me until the middle part to really get hooked by it. The evolving conflict between Company-Union was really interesting and its a world I would jump back into to see where it progresses. I didn't really understand the Downer 'dreamers' but that didn't seem to be plot-centric.Fun fact: My favourite character was Signy Mallory, and I feel that most people would be inclined to dislike her. I just felt her [...]


  • Margaret Sankey

    Recommended to me as part of my effort to read diverse and excellent science fiction, this really is a masterpiece. There's a three sided political space opera, internal conflict, dynastic animosity, economic realities, sociological implications of life in space stations, relations with indigenous primates on the planet below and very human flawed characters who react out of their developed personalities.


  • Bill

    My first comment about Downbelow Station by C.J. Cherryh is Wow! I've never read anything by Cherryh before. I was aware of her books when I'd rooted through the SciFi section of my book stores but I'd not tried anything. Recently, I was running through the years in my BLog and for each year listing various book award titles. Downbelow Station won the Hugo Award for best SciFi novel in 1982. So I thought I should check it out So with that preambleThis is such a fantastic book! I readily admit th [...]


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