Date: 2017-06-04 01:14 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] matgb
Because of your review of book 1 in this series I got books 1 and then 2 of the previous series, which I enjoyed quite a lot, despite 1 not even trying to be subtle about the Zulu-in-space aspects (and clearly based on the film not the actual history).

I enjoyed them, and look forward to reading more when I'm done with Hugo reading.

I think to an extent the Fermi problem is sort of covered in the first books (and thus she might've not bothered to recover it in the new series), the area of space Earth is in is Confederation covered, and they explicitly don't contact new species until they get into space, mostly because it's safer that way.

But, y'know, background needs a bit of handwavium to work, not got to a book with these plastic aliens in yet, you might be very right there.

Date: 2017-08-13 02:20 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] matgb
Finally got all the way through to this book and basically want to thank you for the reviews because I'd never heard of her or these books before and they're pretty much spot on my sort of thing, really enjoyed them all.

Think you're probably right about the plastic/fermi thing—even though the confederation is clear that they watch rising races to see when they're ready for contact and some of the elder races are really old there are slightly too many new races at the same time, I really hope the PRimacy gets fleshed out a lot more in future books as well.

Date: 2017-06-04 01:59 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ba_munronoe
"Plastic aliens?"

Like Plastic Man?

Or the Nestene Consciousness?

Or something else?

Date: 2017-06-04 02:56 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] keith_morrison
Literally plastic.

Spoiler space!







They're a polymer based lifeform that can essentially replicate anything plastic, so that award you got for your high school swim team sitting on the shelf could be one of them monitoring you and you'd never know it. Or the stock of your battle rifle. Or that medical implant... Needless to say, the discovery causes a great deal of consternation in a high-tech civilization where, as you'd expect, a lot of things in the environment are made of some form of plastic or other polymer.

Torrin Kerr and some of the others that encountered them were somehow altered so that when they touch the aliens, they're revealed (the apparently ordinary plastic moves). Most of them have developed a habit that they'll unconsciously touch anything plastic just to see if it's the aliens.

It's also caused a resurgence in the use of natural material and metals for places like secure facilities and offices.

Date: 2017-06-04 02:12 am (UTC)
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How was it not titled "A Separate Peace"?

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