some of cherryh's early novels. I particvlarly liked "Port Eternity" ( a takeoff on Arturian legend) and "wave without a shore" in which you can see the beginnings of humans and alien cultures interacting in her work.
Collection of 3 C.J. Cherry short novels; PORT ETERNITY, WAVE WITHOUT A SHORE, & VOYAGER IN NIGHT.
PORT: Their names were Lancelot, Elaine, Percivale, Gawain, Vivien, and Mordred. They were MADE people, clone servents who worked aboard an anachronist spaceship. They had no idea of their origins, and then they were left alone to face a crisis which their ancient prototypes were never designed to master.
WAVE: Freedom was an isolated planet, and rarely visited by commercial spacers. It wasn't that Freedom was inhospitable, the problem was that outsiders claimed that the streets were crowded with mysterious blue-robed aliens. Native-born humans, however, denied that these aliens existed until a planetary crisis forced a confrontation . . .
VOYAGER: Rafe Muray, his sister Jillian, and Jillian's husband Paul, like many other out-of-luck spacers, had come to Endeavor space station to find their future. Their tiny ship had been salvaged from the junk heap and fitted to mine ore from the mineral- rich rings which circled Endeavor. But their future proved to be far stranger than any of them imagined, when a collision with a huge alien vessel provided them with the oddest 'first contact' experience possible.
Three short novels. All mind twisting.