“War … we did reluctantly and only be necessity. Exploration, well … that was fun.”
Gorilloids, rapters and robotic ants, oh, my! Taylor’s world building and storytelling are perhaps even better than the first volume. Multiplicity of Bobs and threads is dizzying. Instant communication not hand-waved. Many pop cultural references.
“Immortality had sounded like a great idea, back on earth, but there were costs, especially when you become attached to ephemerals.”
Quibble: Losing 35 cows negligibly impacts feeding 15 million. Much better take on the logistics of population support, travel, communication and armament than most space operas.
“Colonizing an alien planet, as with everything else, was more complicated than TVs and movies let on.”
However, despite him dedicating this book to me–well, to “all the people who love a good old-fashioned space opera”–he lost a star because the story didn’t end. It just stopped. “End Book 2” He could have/should have done better.
“That’s why God invented backups.”