PRIDE OF CHANUR
The book that introduced the Hani to the world. In C.J. Cherryh's first novel in this series, the cat-like aliens find the human stowaway on their ship. This is one of only 3 or 4 cover paintings in which Michael used himself as a model. He had been working too much and was stressed out about making the deadline. When it came time to paint Tully, the man who had escaped from the cruel and abusive aliens you see in the background, Michael knew that in his haggard state he was the perfect model.
Pride of Chanur
No one at Meetpoint Station had ever seen a creature like the Outsider. Naked-hided, blunt toothed and blunt-fingered, Tully was the sole surviving member of his company -- a communicative, spacefaring species hitherto unknown -- and he was a prisoner of his discoverer/ captors the sadistic, treacherous kif, until his escape onto the hani ship The Pride of Chanur.
Little did he know when he threw himself upon the mercy of The Pride and her crew that he put the entire hani species in jeopardy and imperiled the peace of the Compact itself. For the information this fugitive held could be the ruin or glory of any of the species at Meetpoint Station.
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