C. Jan Cherry, also Carolyn Janice Cherry (born September 1, 1942). An American author of science fiction and fantasy, J. Cherryh. Since the 1970s, she has published over 80 works, including the Foreigner series and the Hugo Award-winning novels Downbelow Station (1981) and Cyteen (1988), all of which take place in her Alliance-Union universe. She has made a name for herself as a master of worldbuilding, creating fantastical worlds that feel grounded in history, language, psychology, and archaeology.
First editor Donald A. Wollheim thought the name “Cherry” sounded too much like a romance writer, so Cherryh (pronounced “Cherry”) added a silent “h” to her given name and went by her initials, C. J., who wrote under a male pseudonym when most SF writers were men
Asteroid 77185 Cherryh was named after the writer. The team which found the asteroid dedicated the recognition to Cherryh, saying, “She has challenged us to be worthy of the stars by contemplating how mankind can evolve to live among them.”
According to our data, CJ Cherryh may never have been married and has never been engaged. Starting in May of 2022, CJ Cherryh will no longer be in a relationship.
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In 1976, with the release of Gate of Ivrel and Brothers of Earth, she launched her writing career. From the looks of her blog, she hasn’t slowed down since then, having written well over 80 books total (including novels and collections of short stories). Some of Ms. Cherryh’s works have won prestigious awards like the Hugo, Locus, and Prometheus. Her books include a wide range of genres, although she is best known for the Alliance-Union series, The Chanur books, the Foreigner books, and her fantasy works.
Twelve essays from academic and professional voices examining Cherryh’s life and career in literature are collected in Edward Carmien’s The Cherryh Odyssey. There is a list of sources at the end.
Cherryh’s manuscripts and research notes are available in the Jack Williamson Science Fiction Library at Eastern New Mexico University.
Part 1 and Part 2 of Camille Bacon-“Military Smith’s Command in Women’s Science Fiction: C.J. Cherryh’s Signy Mallory (2000)”
Lynn Turner’s article “Animal Transference: A ‘Mole-like Progression’ in C.J. Cherry” appeared in Mosaic: a journal for the indie arts and culture community in 2011.
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