C.J. Cherryh is an author that I’ve come across quite a lot, but was never one that I really ever got into. Recently, I’ve become more interested in her books, particularly Downbelow Station, which prompted me to take a look at her career. It’s a facinating one that pulls in some of the legacies of her predecessors (such as Robert Heinlein and similar), and newer innovations that made her career different than that of her predecessors: she was primarily a novelist, rather than someone who started in the pulp magazines.
- Science Fiction Writers Second Edition, Richard Bleiler. This volume has a solid biographical sketch of Cherryh.
- Science Fiction Culture, Camille Bacon-Smith. Bacon-Smith’s book had some excellent insights into the work of women during the 1980s which I used for the Russ piece, and it once again came in handy this time.
- The Dreams Our Stuff Is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World, Thomas Disch. Disch has some interesting things to say about how genre fiction changed with female authors being influenced by one another.
- Science Fiction after 1900: From the Steam Man to the Stars, Brooks Landon. Brooks has some good points about genre placement.
- The Faces of Science Fiction: Intimate Portraits of the men and women who shape the way we see the future, Patti Perret. Perret has a photograph and paragraph from Cherryh, which I found particularly helpful.
- The History of Science Fiction, Adam Roberts. Roberts has a solid, critical section on Cherryh’s works.
- An Appreciation of Guest of Honor C.J. Cherryh. This appreciation is penned by her brother, which was a neat glimpse into her life.
- Interview with Award-Winning Author C. J. Cherryh. Amazing Stories has a decent interview with Cherryh over on their page.
- Cherryh, C J. Post to the SF Encyclopedia
Many thanks as well to Cherryh herself, who kindly answered some of my questions. I’ll post that up at some point.