The book began with a human male accidentally being sold as a slave to a clanship of aliens. The aliens were much bigger and stronger than the human so ended up protecting him from their own kind. The human eventually was adopted by the clan. I believe it developed into a series and I read it more than 25 years ago. Thanks in advance.

  • This sounds closer to the Chanur series, honestly, or at least a mix of Chanur and Foreigner!
    – mkennedy
    Mar 16, 2014 at 23:22

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Could it be Foreigner by C. J. Cherryh? It seems to tick quite a lot of the boxes with aliens being substantially larger than humans, using slavery and operating in clans.


  • YESYESYES. You rock, I've been wracking my brain for days. Thank You so much. Off to search where I can read it online.
    – brknthelaw
    Mar 16, 2014 at 20:52
  • @brknthelaw - That's very naughty. I'm sure you'll face a torrent of abuse if you try that sort of thing.
    – Valorum
    Mar 16, 2014 at 20:55
  • Yeah, cuz it isn't on Scribd. pooh bear. roger wilco, will do.
    – brknthelaw
    Mar 16, 2014 at 21:02
  • Um, since I don't have 15 "reputation" I can't upvote. Can somebody upvote this for me? Please?
    – brknthelaw
    Mar 16, 2014 at 21:04

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