Synopses & Reviews
A threat to entire worlds. Where on that scale does one woman fall?
Dr. Mackenzie "Mac" Connors goal in life is to be left in peace to study her salmon and their migration. She has no interest in the Interspecies Union, space travel, or the mysterious Chasm, an expanse of dead worlds filled with the ruins of alien civilizations. The only cloud on Macs horizon is having to meet with the Oversight Committee to defend any research intrusions into the protected zones on shore.
But what Mac wants no longer matters. Theres another, darker, migration underway, this time across space. What created the Chasm has awakened once more, to follow its imperative to feed on living worlds. How can it be stopped?
Aliens have asked Mac to find that answer. She knows it may mean sacrificing all she loves, including Earth itself. Shes determined to find another way.
But, first, she must survive.
The Chasm of the past was only a trial run, for this species intent on replacing all life with its own. And theyve learned her name.
"Julie Czerneda has a sixth-degree black belt in advanced biology, and uses it to amazing effect. Her aliens feel truly and delightfully different. I mean, how can you not love a species who demonstrates their emotional state by the color of their mucus?" —Jim C. Hines, author of Libriomancer
(for Species Imperative
"This novel bears the hallmarks of Czerneda's earlier books: strong, complex, and appealing characters and a thoughtful, intricate plot.... Czerneda is a masterful storyteller and one of the best of the recent voices in science fiction." —VOYA (for Survival)
"There are some elements of hard science fiction here, with interplanetary travel and alien threats, but the focus on biology rather than technology is a refreshing and original approach." —RT Book Reviews (for Survival)
"With Survival, Czerneda has begun the Species Imperative series with a very big bang and an engrossing prelude.... Just what readers have come to expect from this gifted and insightful author." —SF Site (for Survival)
"Czerneda's characterizations, both human and alien, are as intricate and entertaining as the twisty plot. Fans of SF adventure and intrigue—and of C.J. Cherryh's masterfully drawn alien cultures, in particular—are in for a treat." —Publishers Weekly (for Migration)
"Fascinating characters, including some delightfully wacky aliens, mixed with thrilling action make this an exciting read." —Locus (for Migration)
"A creative voice with a distinctive vision. A writer to watch." —CJ Cherryh, Hugo Award-winning author of Downbelow Station
Third in the prequel series to the Locus bestselling Trade Pact Universe novels.
Despite all good intentions, the lure of the Talent to move through space using the M'hir dimension is too much for the Om'ray of Cersi to resist. As the awareness of this talent spreads, all those Om'ray who are capable converge on the settlement at Sona. To prevent the disruption of the Agreement and the destruction that it would unleash, the M'hiray, as they now call themselves, agree to leave Cersi forever and try to establish their own haven within the Trade Pact worlds-only to learn that not everybody wants peace.
The next chapter in the Stratification saga that ?delivers all the right elements.?(Sci Fi Weekly)
On the distant world of Cersi, Om?ray Aryl Sarc and her supporters have been exiled from the rest of their people. Finding refuge in the mountains, they work to rebuild the ruined village of Sona, even as they try to discover what happened to the original Sona Clan. But Sona has a history among all three of Cersi?s races?a history that may soon threaten the future of Aryl?s newly founded clan....
The fascinating debut of the prequel series to The Trade Pact Universe
This prequel to The Trade Pact Universe series begins in a time before the Clan had learned how to manipulate the M?hir to travel between worlds. Aliens have begun to explore the world of Cersi, upsetting the delicate balance between the Clan and the two other powerful races who coexist by set rules. And one young woman is on the verge of finding the forbidden secret of the M?hir? a discovery that could prove the salvation or ruin of her entire species.
About the Author
Julie E. Czerneda is a biologist and writer whose science fiction has received international acclaim, awards, and best-selling status. She is the author of the popular "Species Imperative" trilogy, the "Web Shifters" series, the "Trade Pact Universe" trilogy and her new "Stratification" novels. She was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. Her stand-alone novel, In the Company of Others, won Canada's Prix Aurora Award and was a finalist for the Philip K. Dick Award for Distinguished SF. Julie lives with her husband and two children in the lake country of central Ontario, under skies so clear they could take seeing the Milky Way for granted, but never do. You can find her at www.czerneda.com.