Originally Posted by wayspooled
Try out Downbelow Station by CJ Cherryh. That and her another of her novels, Cyteen both won the Hugo for best novel. Now I don't pay much attention to awards, just mentioning it so you know it's not junk.
Now my personal favorites of Cherryh's are The Pride of Chanur and the Heavy Time/Hellburner duology.
oops, just checked Fictionwise and apparently only Downbelow Station and The Pride of Chanur are available.
The Pride of Chanur is the first in a series of five. All are very good;
- The Pride of Chanur
- Chanur's Venture
- The Kif strike back
- Chanur's homecoming
- Chanur's Legacy
All but the fifth are available at Fictionwise.
Another great Cherryh book (stand alone but ripe for a sequel) is Cuckoo's Egg (also at Fictionwise).