Monday, May 14, 2012

mini-REVIEW Guardian of the Night

Guardian of the Night by Tony Daniels, 5 out of 5 stars. 

   This book is a Science Fiction Space Opera about some key players on both sides of a human alien war. The action is thrilling, the science is fascinating and the characters make you want to spend more time with them.
    One of the things that caught my attention was the internal debate the aliens were having about how to organize their society. These aliens were much more communal than we are today because of several basic facts of their biology as well as their history. Given that deemphasis on individualism, it was interesting to see how the different philosophies concerning distribution of power and control were phrased. One character saw the basic issue as whether or not the total amount of wealth available was fixed or not. That got me thinking: How do you answer that question without pre-determining your answer in the definition of wealth you choose?

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