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Clarityfiend -- terrific job putting the detail into these articles! I love it. Just wanted to ask why you removed the "Space opera" category from this book -- isn't this a classic space opera that "emphasizes romantic adventure, exotic settings, and larger than life characters"? (From the WP article Space opera. If not space opera, what SF genre would you put it in?
Second question: is the category "Science fiction novels" more appropriate here than "Science fiction series"? For the article The Merchanter novels and Alliance-Union universe, the "series" category seems better, whereas for the specific novel article (like this one), the "novel" category seems better. Anyone else have thoughts on these questions? Fairsing 21:04, 28 June 2006 (UTC)
Two parts of the definition of space opera are romantic adventures and space battles, neither of which is present in this novel. Unless you include the fierce, no-quarter-given trade conflicts, lol. (Eat hot gamma rays, tariff-raising swine!) Also, Fletcher is hardly larger-than-life; Captain Neihart qualifies I suppose, but he's not a major character. A space opera is epic in scale; this one is more "homier".
I don't know if there's a generally recognized genre for it. Maybe there should be a new one: MBA sci-fi anybody? Then you could include Heinlein's Citizen of the Galaxy, Pohl's The Space Merchants and perhaps Gibson's Neuromancer. Clarityfiend 20:02, 29 June 2006 (UTC)
Fair enough, I take your point. I think space opera does apply to the Alliance-Union universe as a whole but not necessary to each book in the series. --Bruce1ee 07:20, 30 June 2006 (UTC)
"...they are four or five years physically younger." Removed "physically" because the youngsters are also mentally younger. Jeremy acts like a typical 12 year old. That's why they readily accept Fletcher's leadership. Clarityfiend 21:02, 29 June 2006 (UTC)
Yet in the book Cherryh points out that it seems like they have age beyond their years, several times. I can go back for a specific quote if that would be best? That was my motivation for writign it in the first place. Bo-Lingua 21:37, 29 June 2006 (UTC)
I'm not totally certain, but I think it's more like they've experienced things normal 12 and 13 year olds haven't and are therefore more mature in some respects. In any case, I'm trying to convey the nature of the relationship, i.e. that the kids look up to Fletcher as an older, wiser brother. Clarityfiend 04:33, 30 June 2006 (UTC)