Cherryh, C. J. - Cyteen (1988 BCE HB)
Warner Books/SFBC, 1988
Cover art by Don Maitz
Jacket Design by Don Puckey
From the dust jacket:
The innermost nature of the human mind and heart becomes to key to an epic struggle for power...and a riveting story of politics and passions, manipulation and love, destiny and individual courage. Set in the universe of the Hugo Award-winning Downbelow Station, S. F. master C. J. Cherryh again brings us a wonderfully detailed world...and her most challenging and mature work to date.
CYTEEN is the story of Ariane Emory: brilliant, corrupt, a genius in genetics, psychology, rape, and blackmail. She dominates the Council of Nine, as head of the expansionist party of the Multiworld Union, and is despot of the territory Resune, where her laboratories create the one product essential to Cyteen: people. They are the "azi," human workers and soldiers artificially grown, computer trained, and owned by Resune, and hence Ariane Emory. After one hundred and twenty years of life and fifty years of rule, Emory is murdered. But not for long...
CYTEEN is the story of the Project: the plan to replicate Ariane Emory. Creating a genetic double is routine for Resune's bio-technology, but nature is not nurture, and clones are still human beings. For the Project to succeed, Emory's followers have to subject the clone to every formative influence of the tyrant's life, keep her innocent of history, protect her from Emory's enemies, and oppress or silence anyone who might, even accidentally, disrupt the program.
CYTEEN is also the story of Ari: a little girl driven to solve a mystery she can sense, but not define. A child thrown into a storm of global upheaval when her creation is made public, she inherits a stranger's face and past, enemies and victims. She must wield her predecessor's power to save herself, even from people she loves. And to survice, she must find out if she's a puppet crafted by a dead megalomaniac - or the one person who can defuse a socio-genetic time bomb threatening to destroy her planet. For only Ariane Emory can save Cyteen...
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