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?