This is good as various worlds work together as they face a threat from an utterly alien menace. I enjoyed this leaving aside the bizarre Archer worship, the America saves the day subtext and Bennett’s annoying neo-liberal hippie ethos. I even liked the unsubtle appearance of ancestors of Jim Kirk’s. I look forward to the follow up novel ‘Tower of Babel’ in 2014.
“How many protests on Tellar this week?”
“Amazing. Just a decade ago, the Vulcans were the ones with the massive armed fleet policing the region. One ancient text gets uncovered and they’re suddenly pacifists.”
“I figured the ruins of a cataclysmic, world-destroying civil war would be a refreshing change.”
“You know, we don’t really know that much about what they actually achieved.”
“These eldritch creatures with faces like Munch’s The Scream as interpreted by H.P. Lovecraft.”
“I like explosions. They’re pretty.”
“Sometimes a policy of avoiding contact with less advanced civilizations is not about protecting them from us.”