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Abraham worked with G.R.R. Martin, but he's not GRRM. The characters killed off come back stronger!
Well, the proto-builders were clearly a bunch of shitheads. That doesn't mean the extradimensional aliens aren't also shitheads, but there's pretty strong evidence that they don't do anything unless provoked.I think they will. End of the book seems to suggest the main focus of the next one will be how to deal with the aliens/resolve that threat.
I wouldn’t be surprised if the aliens aren’t “evil” and we find out the builders did bad shit to them and they don’t know that humans are different.
You mean how they are trying to destroy all life in the universe ? Or that they live in stars ? Or that they look like birds ? I mean, is there anything similar other than being mysterious ?They are straight up Photino Birds from the Xeelee Sequence man. Just like I predicted.
The protobuilders are made out to be a hive mind, which means (in theory) they were all unified in their views. However, that also means they probably didn't war with themselves. So that brings up the question: Why did they have a warship with a powerful weapon (what they found on the orbital platform around Laconia)? Why do you need weapons/warships unless you're fighting an enemy?Well, the proto-builders were clearly a bunch of shitheads. That doesn't mean the extradimensional aliens aren't also shitheads, but there's pretty strong evidence that they don't do anything unless provoked.
As Teresa explained, no matter what action the other party takes, it's always beneficial / best to defect.The protobuilders are made out to be a hive mind, which means (in theory) they were all unified in their views. However, that also means they probably didn't war with themselves. So that brings up the question: Why did they have a warship with a powerful weapon (what they found on the orbital platform around Laconia)? Why do you need weapons/warships unless you're fighting an enemy?
The most telling thing is the mystery aliens just made ships go Dutchman once you passed a certain mass/energy threshhold in the gates, but otherwise didn't seem to be doing much. But it wasn't until Laconia used the alien weapon in the last book that they fired a 'void bullet' that fucked with everyone, which is the same thing they found in book 4 on the builder planet. Taken in context with what we learn in this book in terms of mystery alien actions, that makes me think the builders specifically created that weapon to harm the mystery aliens.
To me, that suggests the builders made the gates, noticed their shit was starting to vanish, then decided to create specific solutions to deal with the mystery aliens. This forced the mystery aliens hand and they escalated, destroying the builders. Getting into this book.
Laconia unintentionally repeats history with their anti-matter bomb and usage of the weapon. The 'prisoner dilemma' was a metaphor for that was happening, but no one recognized it. The tit-for-tat was the gate vanishing: The aliens are trying to send a message that if you step over whatever line, then they will punish you in turn. The weapon usage in the last book wasn't intentional, because they had no idea about the mystery aliens, but the mystery aliens responded in turn: they fired a void bullet that would have killed builders. They were responding to an escalation in hostilities, but didn't understand that humans != builders. When Laconia decides to use anti-matter bombs, the mystery aliens in turn escalate and begin to look for ways to kill the humans since their previous methods didn't work.
Now the aliens don't know humans can't make anti-matter anymore, but Laconia still has 1 alien warship left. The only way to solve the situation is they have to get on the same page as the mystery aliens and work out a mutual solution. The whole prisoner dilemma where the best long term solution is to cooperate. I think they will figure it out thanks to Elvi and the diamond planet "harddrive" thing.
I don't think the gates have to go away forever, but I think the compromise will involve their usage being extremely restricted (ie, you can use them once a year or ten years or whatever...I imagine the mystery aliens will be longer lived than humans, so whatever time scale they pick won't be the most ideal for humans that live for over a century if fortunate). Don't forget they didn't destroy ALL the ships going through, just when a certain threshhold was passed. That suggests that up to a certain limit, they're fine with it or at least tolerate it.
It is best to defect until the other side defects, at which point the only viable long term solution is to cooperate. I think in the final book, they'll decode some research the Builders did that will give them a sufficient enough weapon to allow for the cooperation solution by showing the void aliens that defect is the losing solution for both sides. If I had to guess, that super successful colony will get wiped out by the void aliens (they mention it a bunch of times, but no one goes there...gives them an impactful bodycount w/o killing the Sol system). Humans counter with whatever. Some type of mutual cooperation pact is reached...I'm guessing the protomolecule/human hybrids will end up being key to communicating.As Teresa explained, no matter what action the other party takes, it's always beneficial / best to defect.
How is it in the interests of the void aliens to not kill humanity?