Tochee wrote::?: - Most of my other questions from that thread were answered, but I'm still curious about the genistars on Querencia. The neuts/genistars are a slave species of the Fallers, so what happened to the Fallers (and their trees) on Querencia? I put a few possibilities in that thread, but now I suspect the previous residents of Makkathran may have destroyed the Fallers. They must have been more psionically powerful than the average human because of the extent they modified Makkathran.
Tochee wrote::?: - Which leads to my next question, what happened to the Raiel who were on Makkathran? Why wasn't Makkathran ejected from the void to the Valatare prison with the other warships?
Tochee wrote::?: - The line Yathal says at the end regarding the Fallers, "We removed them from our galaxy". Do you think he means "our" like his and Paula's, or are they saying the Raiel came from a different galaxy?
Tochee wrote::geek: - I especially loved the last bits where they planet hop, and quickly build up their technology base with the matter synthesizers.
Tochee wrote::?: - After the Fallers have complete domination of a planet, what do they do next? I assume the trees move on to find a new planet. Roxwolf said they don't need things like cities, farms and industry, so I'm curious what their post-war culture is like. (I don't ask these questions about entities like the Planters because they are so enigmatic and apparently advanced. It's like a bacteria wondering what a human does every day. Fallers don't seem quiet as alien as that. )
Tochee wrote::?: - Along those lines, there does seem to be a gap in the Fallers technology, comparing the nature of the trees and their method of conquering a world. The Faller trees are some crazy folded exotic matter that can manipulate space time, yet they still drop eggs on planets to absorb life forms in a very crude process. You would think at that level of technology they could just drop some kind of weaponized nano-dust on the planet and have complete control immediately. On the other hand, we don't know the course of their evolution so there might be reasons for this strange existence. Maybe the trees are still similar to the Skylords, who seem to be almost non-sentient despite their advanced physical forms. Like idiot savants.
Tochee wrote:But now I'm depressed the book is done. I hope to read others thoughts here. I'm looking forward to my eventual re-read of all seven books. (Is there a list somewhere of all the short fiction taking place in the Commonwealth?)
chitman13 wrote:I've re-read the books many times, and now that the series is complete I'd like to read them all in one go, from Misspent Youth all the way through to Night Without Stars. Should take me a month or so! As for short stories in the Commonwealth, I'm fairly sure that there are only three extras, and all available in the Manhattan in Reverse collection: Blessed by an Angel (set before Dreaming Void), The Demon Trap (set before Pandora's Star), and Manhattan in Reverse (set after Judas Unchained).
chitman13 wrote: Personally I'd love Peter to give us a few more, maybe one looking at the Hancher/Occisen war, or catching up with MorningLightMountain after all the time it's locked up, or maybe even one looking at Melanie and Orion's trips down the Silfen paths...
Tochee wrote:I didn't realize they were all in that collection, so I just ordered it on Amazon. Another embarrassing hole in my Hamilton reading list is Misspent Youth. I guess you enjoyed it? I might have been scared away by some of the savage reviews on Amazon. I imagine I would have appreciated the reference to Timothy Baker at the end of A Night Without Stars more if I had read it. (Googling let me know about him.)
Tochee wrote:I just realized that it's kind of fitting that the whole series (at least from Pandora's Star), starts with what appears to be a star become enveloped by a Dyson shell, and then ends with Nigel building a real Dyson shell. Or at least an approximation of one using moving rings.
gamerfathergeek wrote:What I'm struggling to remember is how the characters that came from the Void (Edeard, Salrana etc) were back in the Commonwealth? Off the top of my head the only thing I can think of was that when Nigel closed the Void, Querencia was expelled and due to whatever reason it was during a state that those characters were still alive?
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