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- Print Length: 508 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 150860780X
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- Publisher: Cat Brother Publishing (February 18, 2015)
- Publication Date: February 18, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00TT6OG3I
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Like Exploration Command, Supernova is set in the Empires at War universe. This new series follows the re-emergence of the killer Machines - Ais created by the Empire - and referred to in the Empires at War backstory. Turns out some of those machines survived and now they are back and still looking for vengeance against all organic life.
Supernova starts with just that - a Supernova that threatens to destroy a sentient race that seems bent on destroying itself. The Machines enter the story slowly and the book is really a setup for what is to occur later around Bolthole, the Empire's secret base setup as part of the main series story arc.
As you read Supernova, you feel several "Ah-hah!" moments as the book fleshes out bits of the main series as well. There is even a reference in Supernova to what may turn to be yet another problem for the Empire, the results of "Other universe" project also referred to in the main sequence. Perhaps we're going to see a third Empires at War series? I certainly hope so!
So what did I like? Characters act forcefully and logically. No hand washing diplomacy & false guilt when billions may soon be exterminated. Religious nut jobs are killing civilians in job lots. And the Empire stamps them as hard as they can including using orbital strikes and outright occupation. Practical, sensible and realistic and with responsibility shoved straight where it belongs - on those who start the killing. It's good to see a novel where acting decisively happens without the main characters asking themselves should we be doing this? Of course you should! You are saving billions! Hurt feelings? try being dead then!
What else did I like? I liked the accidental discovery of another dimension outside the usual ones used in Empires at War. Dandridge has a good record of thinking through what technology means and finding a logical counter for it. He also tends to follow a tec through to its logical conclusion. So if I had to guess I'd say the Empire might now find a way to travel between Hyper VII and VIII. This would allow human ships to outpace their enemies - often at the moment they are somewhat slower...
Best of all? Dandridge's take on telepathy. Very clever idea, very cool and even weirder, his `method' might even be possible. Excellent and quite original.
What wasn't so good? I saw no need for the Humans to meet Deus ex Machina. Remaining as a mystery would have been cooler. On the other hand, now we know why psychopathy appear in human clones (previously this idea of psychopathy was a great control on why cloning wasn't common). Dandridge does promptly remove his Deus with a plausible explanation on why it can't be used all the timeand won't be hanging around, but the explanation seems forced and doesn't quite gel. At least he does remove it! Many writers would write themselves in to a corner here but Dandridge recognises the trap and gives himself an out.
Not so good? That's two supernovas in two books... Most disliked? Aliens religious looniness = Iraq and the US occupation. A bit too obvious this one. On the other hand for those of us who have seen war zones it really, really felt real.
Overall? Five stars. A great setup book for the return of the machines and a good read. I'll be buying the next one. I bet Fred Saberhagen is reading this one somewhere and nodding in approval...
We meet some new residents of the universe, hear about some of the mechanisms who drive a key truism of the empire and a whole new cast of characters.
Lot so fun, classic space opera and a good read.
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