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Alien Empire Paperback – October 13, 2012
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The ominous arrival of a fleet of alien starships, questions of whether they are visitors or invaders, a bold band of heroes, technology and innovation, revolution, interstellar travel, vast battles in space, the very fate of a galaxy... you'll find them all here!
Alien Empire was inspired by the great works of classical sci-fi authors, and though it features terrible dangers and remorseless evil, shares in their optimistic spirit. I hope you find it as exhilarating to read as I found it to write!
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During an impromptu gathering in a faculty lounge a mathematician noticed that the TV news was replaying a news report that astronomers had observed, at the outer edges of the solar system, 12 simultaneous bursts of light from which observed objects were flying in formation at high speed. Soon it was calculated that the objects were flying on an interception course with their planet. And so it began.
Professor Haral Karden, who was in the faculty lounge, mentioned that historically, from a terrestrial point of view, things didn't work out so well for those on the receiving end of a first contact visit.
As the ships got closer and their beauty and advanced design was observed there were, of course those who celebrated the arrival and those that got ready to defend themselves.
In addition to Karden who gives a strong unique point of view throughout, there are also:
Tayyis, the linquist who was able to sort out the meaning of new languages and then communicate and teach others
Professor Darex Jat, a young brilliant physicist able to make leaps in design based on observations and who joined enthusiastic debates on the theory of Faster Than Light Travel - FTL.
Neem Ranacharandgan, found often in those debates with Jat.
Pavol Harker, a businessman who excels at orchestrating opportunities for the scientists to translate science into factory production.
We soon care very much about these characters as well as others who merge in as things progress.
I liked this book very much. The scale of things - the action, the backdrop, the weaponry, science and battle theory, if done in a major motion picture, would be on the scale of Star Wars.
Readers of classic science fiction such as Ender's Game, Star Wars, Dune, and Battlestar Galactica would like this book.
It's interesting to follow the growth and development of the main characters, seeing how they handle the complex and difficult events thrown against them. The characters and dialogue are realistic and well presented, and the science and technology is based on sound theory and not too far fetched.
The scope of Alien Empire is on a galactic scale and the flow and style remind me of classic writers like Asimov and Orson Scott Card of Ender's Game. AE contains no sex or profanity and is entirely suitable for young adult readers. The end came to a satisfying conclusion and leaves plenty of room for a sequel or series.
Mr. Gillis is an exciting and talented writer. This book, however, would benefit from closer editing. I found missing words, punctuation, and some incomplete sentences. But he is such a good story teller I was able to skip over these minor flaws with very little distraction. This is a great story and every sci-fi enthusiast should check it out.
However, a word of warning to anyone who is planning on reading this book. An economic system capable of toppling a vast galaxy spanning alien empire, destroying fleets of gleaming ships and killing millions of heavily armed soldiers can just as easily bring about the destruction of a single planet; pleasant dreams.