By C. J. Cherryh

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Cherryh has given us an alien psychology tale, and he or she has performed a grand task. it's a mark of Cherryh's luck thet the following it's the human who turns out alien
--Analog

This booklet and the remainder of the Chanur series...comprise the best scence fiction stories ever. do not pass over it."
--Minneapolis superstar and Tribune

"This is a rousing sturdy story, and Cherryh's feisty hani are the main plausible alien characters to return down the SF pike in an extended time.... those swaggering, useless, tough-talking, hani heroines make Chewbacca appear like a pussycat."
--Kliatt

"C.J. Cherryh will be counted on for a fast moving tale and intricately worked-out alien cultures."
--San Francisco Chronicle

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She made one other bow, and the stationmaster did an identical, retaining the equilibrium of the pampered creature in his palms, soothing its growls unsuccessfully as he straightened back. And with obvious distraction Stasteburana strolled off, whereas one other of the corporate made a stiffer bow and embarked on them. "You pay, Chanur captain, fines for reckless procedure. Fines for deliver particles boosted via, risk to all blameless. Fines for reckless haste close to station. For convey dangerous state of affairs. " "I spit at your fees. I dumped the particles at Kita and warned you just within the distant likelihood there has been nonetheless a few with me, dumped it, i would upload, and sustained harm conserving your valueless station from damage. As for fines, you are brigands, bloodsuckers, to prey off a pleasant send with a long-standing account at this station, whilst for the renovation of our lives and the safety of the Compact we needed to are available for protect opposed to piracy. A hani, a hani, brain, asks protect, and whilst have we ever performed this sort of factor? Are you blind and deaf in addition to grasping? " "We have outrage. we've knnn act loopy in the market. we have now report—" The Personage Stasteburana held up his elderly and manicured hand. His Voice silenced herself and broke off with a bow, whereas Stasteburana strolled again, stroking his ball of fluff, which had by no means ceased to growl. "You make huge commotion, honorable Chanur, nice hani captain, sure, we all know you— very long time absent; possibly alternate our rival Ajir, yet we all know you. buddy, we. probably make deal on fines. yet severe subject. the place come from? " "Meetpoint and Urtur through Kita, clever mahe. " 116 The satisfaction of Chanur "With this? " An ears-flat examine Tully. "An unlucky. A being of serious sensitivity, clever and mild mahe. His send was once wrecked, his partners gone... he solid himself on my charity and proves of substantial worth. " "Value, hani, captain? " "He wishes papers, clever mahe, and my send wishes upkeep. " back Stasteburana walked away, aloof from the Voice. "Your send obtained no cargo," the Voice spat. "You come empty hand, make titanic hassle the following. You close to ask credits, hani captain; what credits? We make you fines, you ship Anuurn get shipment, probably , 3 hani send repay damages. you were given us knnn. you were given us kif. we all know this. You move speak hani at subsequent berth, ask she pay your fines. " "Trivial. i've got shipment, greater than Moon emerging. I make you a deal, certainly I shall, regardless of your uncivilized habit. I make a deal all mahendo'sat will wish. " The Voice checked out Tully, and the Personage grew to become approximately, moved in with a leisurely grace, passed the small noisy animal to the Voice, and frowned. Stasteburana made a different signal to his different 3 partners, and one in every of them referred to as to anyone within the corridor. It was once tough to make differences of mahendo'sat of an identical age and intercourse and construct; yet in regards to the huge and comparatively undeniable fellow who responded that summons... there has been an rapid and queasy familiarity— relatively whilst he flashed a wide gilt-edged smile. Pyanfar sucked in her breath and tucked her fingers at the back of her, pulling the claws again in.

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