Eugene Galt's Reviews > Starship Mine
This book provides an interesting twist on first contact and uses it to convey a message about the need to accept our differences, a message with which I certainly agree. However, the author expresses the message in a heavy-handed way that relies too heavily on telling rather than showing and that uses such clichés of science fiction as Socratic irony through discussions with aliens and the outcast who turns out to be the most important person, as well as SJW buzzwords that get in the way of taking the message seriously. I won't give away the ending, but I will say that it was a punch line of jokes about bad writing as far back as the seventies. Also, if the author knows about Christian traditions or about life in countries other than his own at a level deeper than pop-cultural osmosis, he does not effectively use such knowledge in this story.
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