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of that SF novel where it turned out mass murder was the solution?

Date: 2019-02-10 01:55 pm (UTC)
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I have not read it, however, I know that it is a tie-in novel to a tabletop war game, Starfire (which I have played), and a very early work by David Weber and Steven White. The enemy is essentially a pile of ship stats and logistics numbers pushed around by your opposing player. Note that in the earlier history of the Starfire universe, humanity was able to find common ground with all the other races they fought with, eventually make peace, and sometimes join forces against a bigger threat (in this case, the Bugs).

Date: 2019-02-10 09:50 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] graydon
Weber's used that trope in


  1. the Starfire novels, thrice

    • Rigellians (backstory; no novels) (survivors on two planets not exterminated but tech restricted)

    • the Thebans Crusade (defeated, offered Federation membership)

    • the Arachnids, aka Bugs, In Death Ground (believed exterminated but not)



  2. Mutineers Moon and sequels (rescue attempts, citizenship for rescuees; it's really another trope)

  3. Safehold; we don't know what happens to the Gbaba and liely won't at the current rate

  4. the Apocalypse Troll, where we don't find out what happens to the aliens




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