C. J. Cherryh

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(September 1, 1942 –)

C. J. Cherryh is the working name of Carolyn Janice Cherry, a United States pro who has written more than sixty novels since her first for DAW Books in 1975. She was GoH at BucConeer, the 1998 World Science Fiction Convention in Baltimore.

DAW has been her primary publisher. She took a penname, she has said, at the behest of publisher Donald Wollheim, who told her, “‘Carolyn Cherry’ writes nurse books.” Her largest and best-known series takes place in the Alliance-Union universe. She was a member of the Swordsmen and Sorcerers' Guild of America.

She won the 1977 Campbell Award, the 1979 Best Short Story Hugo (for "Cassandra"), the 1982 Best Novel Hugo (for Downbelow Station) and the 1989 Best Novel Hugo (for Cyteen). She was nominated for many more Hugos.

Cherryh was born in Oklahoma. She now lives in Spokane, WA, with her wife, Jane Fancher, whom she married May 17, 2014 after years as domestic partners. Her brother is the SF artist David A. Cherry.

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