This is the kind of SciFi I like - at least it tickles my sense of "just beond grasp" technology. I am so looking forward to hearing the rest of this trillogy. It promises to be just as good as (or even better than) the Inheritance Trillogy, which I also loved.
Might be, I'll tire of the very strong link to American military/marine strategy and constant references to battle quotes from past war generals, but it certainly makes up for it by staying interesting in a technology sense.
Faster than Light travel (FTL), single point energy, and gravitational manipulation all made possible by quote: "GRIN technologies—Genetics, Robotics, Information systems, and Nanotechnology—that are the principle drivers for the oncoming singularity." - You GOTTA love that!
Emotional, emotional, and engaging.
None that I have read.
Piggies, Buggers and Human and the answer to the question, if we would ever be able to understand Aliens even if they have legs, arms and even if they speak our language. This is what The Speaker of the Dead deals with, and it does so by relating it to something as personal as funeral speeches. Alien and Personal, thats the number-one recipe for a success in Sci-Fi.
Good job OSC!
NB. Only thing that put me off was the sudden (and seeming random) places where music would cut in over the narration - never quite succeeding in what ever the point of that was.
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