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Posted on: April 12th, 2005, 12:23pm Quote Report to Moderator
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%T Course of Empire, The
%A Eric Flint
%A K. D. Wentworth

An interesting science fiction tale set 20 years after the conquest of Earth by the Jao who are attempting to recruit humans for their war against the genocidal Ekhat.

Modeled (to an extent) on the Sepoy Mutiny it is almost worth the price of admission for the image of Americans as sepoys (or jinau in the Jao view of the world) and the alien view of time held by the Jao.

Suffice it to say that the Jao are perplexed by the idea of clocks, (in general**) viewing humans as inferior for their inability to sense and control "flow".

This is not military SF in the strict sense of the word. Military characters are common, and there is a largeish space battle* but the battle isn't the major focus of the novel. Instead the focus is on the politics and associations between people.

Highly recommended, 8/10.

*ROT13: Va gur cubgbfcurer bs gur fha ab yrff!
**Ohg abg nyjnlf. Gur znva punenpgre va cnegvphyne yrneaf orggre...snfg.

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Apparently a sequel is in the works! Yay!

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