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Black Fleet Trilogy is fun but not too rigorous
Reviewed in the United States on January 17, 2021
This series was a pretty good read. There were original ideas, and the writing was pretty good as well. I gave it four stars instead of five for several reasons. First, the ending reminded me of an old science-fiction movie called “Atomic Submarine.” In that story, the final confrontation between the captain of the submarine, and the alien intelligence/brain, took place very much as to the final confrontation in the story. Instead of injecting a poison, the captain of the atomic submarine fired a pistol into the eye of the giant brain, allowing him to escape and then fire a nuclear missile at the alien spaceship as it was departing from under the ocean. I certainly don’t accuse the author of plagiarism, and often ideas can be developed in parallel, but my point is, the ending wasn’t particularly original. Another problem I had was the failure to adhere to basic physics. It has been calculated by scientists that in order to go 15% of the velocity of light with a spaceship, one would need a very powerful source of nuclear fusion. It would also take time to reach such speeds and in the story, humans lacked inertial nullification, so I don’t understand how they could reach 15% of the speed of light over the relatively short distance spanning a solar system. The acceleration would not be achievable based on the technology in the story. It would take harnessing of antimatter to reach 25% of the speed of light, and humans did not have antimatter reactors in the story. Warp drive is fine and is theoretically possible. But the above violations of physics were bothersome, lacking a better explanation. Finally, it was disappointing that our hero, Captain Jackson, never develops a personal relationship or achieves happiness considering all that he risked and all that he accomplished. Basically, I like happier endings than this story achieved. I would recommend science-fiction fans read the series, and I did enjoy it. But hard science fiction, even military fiction, should be a little bit more tightly written regarding scientific principles, as many sci-fi readers are also scientists. I do wish to thank the author for the entertaining read.