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Axiom's End: 1 (Noumena)

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Ampersand warns the Secretary of Defense that communication between two intelligent species is dangerous because any two species will have fundamentally different values and those differences will inevitably cause conflict. Ampersand sees no issue with lying to Cora if he believes it to be in his interest or in hers, has no regrets over damaging the brains of humans through experimentation, and has little respect for human life in general.

There's a very good chance the Superorganism, the amygdaline government, will invade and sterilize the Earth within the next century. The words “ The Broken Seal” sent a sharp icicle through her chest, and she momentarily forgot about the tail. While life could exist in some hypothetical distant galaxy, the expansion of the universe means that humans and amygdalines have no hope of finding it without developing Faster-Than-Light Travel.

Ampersand, Obelus, and Pequod are all CIA codewords, while Amigdaline, Fremda, Esperas, and the other aliens' names were all names given them by ROSA employees. Imagine transformers if it had been taken seriously and written and dealt with by an intelligent human being. Creative Sterility: The Superorganism has purged itself of any diversity out of xenophobia, leaving its culture and technology largely stagnant. Demi reflexively slapped a button to change the station, and a Fergie song piped innocuously from KIIS-FM. But during the last third of the book, it's posited that all Nils cares about is the fame and profits that come with his stardom, not to mention the circumstances of Cora's birth and Nils' marriage.

She turned to face forward, watching the tall buildings of downtown LA sprouting up like distant spires in the haze, and tried to put thoughts of The Broken Seal and stalkers from her mind. A whistleblower goes public with evidence that the US government has been in communication with an alien intelligence and flees to Germany. Government Conspiracy: The United States government has been covering up proof of extraterrestrial life for quite a while when the story begins.A good concert was the one place she could genuinely lose herself, have an out-of-body experience and detach from the deteriorating morass that was her life. If you like sci-fi, investigation thrillers, aliens, and stories of First Contact going sideways, you will enjoy this. And I'd probably never be able to engage with any of Lindsay's work again either if that had happened as she'd have betrayed me in the worst way.

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