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C. J. Cherryh

Date de naissance: 1. septembre 1942

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C. J. Cherryh, née le 1er septembre 1942 à Saint-Louis dans le Missouri, est le nom de plume de l'écrivain américaine de fantasy et de science-fiction Carolyn Janice Cherry, sœur du peintre David A. Cherry. Elle a écrit plus de 60 romans depuis les années 1970, notamment Cyteen et Forteresse des étoiles, qui ont obtenu le Prix Hugo . En 2001, Don Wells et Alex Cruz, astronomes amateurs découvrent un nouvel astéroïde et le nomment 77185 Cherryh en hommage à l'auteur. À cette occasion, ils disent d'elle : « elle nous a mis au défi de mériter les étoiles en imaginant comme l'humanité pouvait grandir pour vivre parmi elles. »Mme Cherry ajouta un h à la fin de son nom car son premier éditeur, Donald Wollheim, trouvait que « Cherry » avait des consonances trop romantiques pour un auteur de science-fiction. L'utilisation des initiales C. J. à la place des prénoms de l'auteur visait, dans le même esprit, à dissimuler son genre, la science-fiction étant dominée à l'époque par des auteurs masculins.

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Citations C. J. Cherryh

„When the legend is retold, it mirrors the reality of the time, and one can learn from studying how various authors have attempted to retell the story.“

—  C. J. Cherryh
Context: When the legend is retold, it mirrors the reality of the time, and one can learn from studying how various authors have attempted to retell the story. I don't think we have an obligation to change it radically. I think that if we ever move too far from the basic story, we would lose something very precious. I don't, for instance, approve of fantasy that attempts to go back and rewrite the Middle Ages until it conforms to political correctness in the twentieth century. That removes all the benefit from reading the story. If you don't understand other people in their time and why they did what they did, then you don't understand your own past. And when you lose your past, you lose some potential for your own future.

„There are certain myths that have persisted throughout the ages, and this one has remained very potent in modern culture.“

—  C. J. Cherryh
Context: There are certain myths that have persisted throughout the ages, and this one has remained very potent in modern culture. The Arthurian cycle involves numerous kinds of relationships, not only between men but also between men and women. In our rather less structured society nowadays defining these relationships can sometimes be difficult.

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„Trade isn't about goods. Trade is about information.“

—  C. J. Cherryh
Context: Trade isn't about goods. Trade is about information. Goods sit in the warehouse until information moves them. Chanur's Legacy (1992)

„Men changed whatever they set hand to.“

—  C. J. Cherryh
Context: Men changed whatever they set hand to. They wrought their magic on beasts, to make them dull and patient. They brought fire and the reek of smoke to the dales. They brought lines and order to the curve of the hills. Most of all they brought the chill of iron, to sweep away the ancient shadows. But they took the brightness too. It was inevitable, because that brightness was measured against that dark. Men piled stone on stone and made warm homes, and tamed some humbler, quieter things, but the darkest burrowed deep and the brightest went away, heartbroken. Save one, whose patience or whose pride was more than all the rest. So one place, one untouched place in all the world remained, a rather smallish forest near the sea and near humankind, keeping a time different than elsewhere. The Dreamstone, Book One : The Gruagach, Ch. 1 : Of Fish and Fire

„Things there are in the world which have never loved Men, which have been in the world far longer than humankind, so that once when Men were newer on the earth and the woods were greater, there had been places a Man might walk where he might feel the age of the world on his shoulders.“

—  C. J. Cherryh
Context: Things there are in the world which have never loved Men, which have been in the world far longer than humankind, so that once when Men were newer on the earth and the woods were greater, there had been places a Man might walk where he might feel the age of the world on his shoulders. Forests grew in which the stillness was so great he could hear stirrings of a life no part of his own. There were brooks from which the magic had not gone, mountains which sang with voices, and sometimes a wind touched the back of his neck and lifted the hairs with the shiver of a presence at which a Man must never turn and stare. But the noise of Men grew more and more insistent. Their trespasses became more bold. Death had come with them, and the knowledge of good and evil, and this was a power they had, both to be virtuous and to be blind. The Dreamstone, Book One : The Gruagach, Ch. 1 : Of Fish and Fire

„If you don't understand other people in their time and why they did what they did, then you don't understand your own past. And when you lose your past, you lose some potential for your own future.“

—  C. J. Cherryh
Context: When the legend is retold, it mirrors the reality of the time, and one can learn from studying how various authors have attempted to retell the story. I don't think we have an obligation to change it radically. I think that if we ever move too far from the basic story, we would lose something very precious. I don't, for instance, approve of fantasy that attempts to go back and rewrite the Middle Ages until it conforms to political correctness in the twentieth century. That removes all the benefit from reading the story. If you don't understand other people in their time and why they did what they did, then you don't understand your own past. And when you lose your past, you lose some potential for your own future.

„Save one, whose patience or whose pride was more than all the rest.
So one place, one untouched place in all the world remained, a rather smallish forest near the sea and near humankind, keeping a time different than elsewhere.“

—  C. J. Cherryh
Context: Men changed whatever they set hand to. They wrought their magic on beasts, to make them dull and patient. They brought fire and the reek of smoke to the dales. They brought lines and order to the curve of the hills. Most of all they brought the chill of iron, to sweep away the ancient shadows. But they took the brightness too. It was inevitable, because that brightness was measured against that dark. Men piled stone on stone and made warm homes, and tamed some humbler, quieter things, but the darkest burrowed deep and the brightest went away, heartbroken. Save one, whose patience or whose pride was more than all the rest. So one place, one untouched place in all the world remained, a rather smallish forest near the sea and near humankind, keeping a time different than elsewhere. The Dreamstone, Book One : The Gruagach, Ch. 1 : Of Fish and Fire

„But they took the brightness too. It was inevitable, because that brightness was measured against that dark.“

—  C. J. Cherryh
Context: Men changed whatever they set hand to. They wrought their magic on beasts, to make them dull and patient. They brought fire and the reek of smoke to the dales. They brought lines and order to the curve of the hills. Most of all they brought the chill of iron, to sweep away the ancient shadows. But they took the brightness too. It was inevitable, because that brightness was measured against that dark. Men piled stone on stone and made warm homes, and tamed some humbler, quieter things, but the darkest burrowed deep and the brightest went away, heartbroken. Save one, whose patience or whose pride was more than all the rest. So one place, one untouched place in all the world remained, a rather smallish forest near the sea and near humankind, keeping a time different than elsewhere. The Dreamstone, Book One : The Gruagach, Ch. 1 : Of Fish and Fire

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