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  •  We ... Got ... A ... tiger by the tail ... (6+ / 0-)

    ... it's plain to see ...!

    Nice to sample the taste of a bit o' Barsoom as we go careening through our neighborhood in the galaxy! Hundreds of light years are next to nothing relative to the size of the Milky Way.

    My feeble brains, unlike Duquesne's, seems to remember that Osnome was somehow important in the universe of Doc's Skylark series.

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    by MT Spaces on Sun Feb 24, 2013 at 10:48:17 PM PST

    •  The Green System (6+ / 0-)

      It's been decades since I've read any of the other books in the series, so my memories are a bit dim, but as I recall, the dense star cluster in which Onsome lies is the home of several other intelligent races.  

      Skylark Three begins with Onsome about to wage war on one of these and Durnak asking for Seaton's help.  But before the interstellar war can get under way, Seaton discovers an even greater threat from the Fenachrone Space Nazis.

      Seaton uses some Big Stick Diplomacy to force a treaty between Onsome and their new rivals, and since neither of those planets trust each other they agree to put Seaton in charge of their new federation.  After all, Seaton is highly-evolved, despite his irrational insistance of wearing pants.

      Seaton then goes through the Green System, as they call the star cluster, looking for more allies and badder uber-tech to use against the Fenachrone; and one by one, these allies agree to join the federation under Seaton's leadership.

      After this point, Osnome kind of fades in importance as Seaton becomes embroiled in bigger and bigger cosmic menaces.

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      by quarkstomper on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 06:11:09 AM PST

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      •  One thing I find interesting (5+ / 0-)

        in looking back on the series, is the question of just who is the most ruthless in the matter of wiping out whom.

        Well, at least Osnome got to the point of attempting diplomatic relations with former enemies.

        C'est la vie, c'est la guerre, c'est la pomme de terre.

        by RunawayRose on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 12:25:40 PM PST

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        •  Survival of the Greenest (1+ / 0-)
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          Onsomian society is very much based on the idea of Survival of the Fittest.  Durnak can't figure out why Seaton shows mercy to people like DuQuesne.  He figures it's a weird earth thing, like pants.

          I plan on delving a bit more into their culture next week.

          "All the World's a Stage and Everyone's a Critic." -- Mervyn Alquist

          by quarkstomper on Mon Feb 25, 2013 at 10:17:45 PM PST

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