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@Read Pdf Ü Hegemony ⛅ The Hegemony of Suns is the greatest of the empires of mankind that have spread out through space from an abandoned and dying Earth The Hegemony s vast warships dominate the skies over a hundred worlds, protecting its subjects and enforcing its will The interceptor pilots of the Hegemonic Fleet are the cutting edge of the Hegemony s military might, the tip of the spear In a split second, they can decide the outcome of a battle that can affect the fates of whole star systems The life expectancy of an interceptor pilot is measured in minutes It s debatable if they re still human It s debatable if they re even alive to begin with Alekzandra Neel has attained what she sought a place among the stars, a chance to be an interceptor pilot of the Hegemonic Fleet She doesn t expect it to be safe or easy But as war clouds gather and billions look to the skies with nervous fear, she has no idea what the real cost could be Liked the parts in space quite hard SF , disliked the Authors take on Brain Uploading although I can understand that fleshing that part out warrants a book with a wholly different focus.The two Superpowers disappointed though, yet another struggle between a quasi Monarchy and an USSR expy. A solid read given the 99 cent purchase price Most of the novel is spent describing a series of space battles in spectacular detail, but the ideas are new and the pace is good Plus there s enough of a personal story to keep things going The writing can be a little clunky at times, and there probably needs to be illustrations to highlight the differences between swift ships and lance ships , but overall a decent effort. as i did not have enough asap books to read, bought this one too could be a quick engaging read but will see finished the book as it was a relatively short, fast and generally engaging read which promises a lot if the author will continue the story it reminded me to a large extent of the early Honorverse books especially when the shift moved from the character in the blurb to the other main character, who is a young ship captain, not originally from the aristocracy but with protectors there as i did not have enough asap books to read, bought this one too could be a quick engaging read but will see finished the book as it was a relatively short, fast and generally engaging read which promises a lot if the author will continue the story it reminded me to a large extent of the early Honorverse books especially when the shift moved from the character in the blurb to the other main character, who is a young ship captain, not originally from the aristocracy but with protectors there and now of course a member of it as all ship officers and pilots are , up and coming etc etc there are some major differences in so far the Hegemony is completely dominated by the aristocracy who are all neural net humans there is a good setup explaining the one way transition from flesh to quantum state which can be embodied but not duplicated, the way the Church treats it etc the opposition are a sort of atheist People s Republic with generally dumb but powerful commissars on board and set on conquest and on mischief there are pirates and corrupt hegemony officials as well as some that believe that the power structure that prefers the zombies not the flesh humans is wrong the info dumps are Weberian on occasion too and the author does not quite have yet the narrative pull but there is a lot of promise so I really hope the series gets continued the book itself solves its main storyline and ends at a good point though of course there is a huge TBCThe full FBC rv below pretty much the above but done coherently INTRODUCTION The Hegemony of Suns is the greatest of the empires of mankind that have spread out through space from an abandoned and dying Earth The Hegemony s vast warships dominate the skies over a hundred worlds, protecting its subjects and enforcing its will.The interceptor pilots of the Hegemonic Fleet are the cutting edge of the Hegemony s military might, the tip of the spear In a split second, they can decide the outcome of a battle that can affect the fates of whole star systems The life expectancy of an interceptor pilot is measured in minutes It s debatable if they re still human It s debatable if they re even alive to begin with.Alekzandra Neel has attained what she sought a place among the stars, a chance to be an interceptor pilot of the Hegemonic Fleet She doesn t expect it to be safe or easy But as war clouds gather and billions look to the skies with nervous fear, she has no idea what the real cost could be On looking through recent Smashwords novels, I encountered Mark Kalina s debut, Hegemony, which attracted me by its blurb and then by the sample As I did not have enough asap books to read, I bought this one too expecting a quick engaging read and while it indeed proved to be such, it was alsoas the book starts a series with an extremely compelling universe.OVERVIEW ANALYSIS From the way it started freighters making FTL transit to an important but isolated location and an all around sense of quiet menace, Hegemony strongly reminded me of the early Honorverse books, while later when the novel s center of gravity shifted from Alekzandra Zandy , to Demi Captain Freya Tralk, a young up and coming ship captain, not originally from the aristocracy but with powerful protectors there and now of course a member of it as all ship officers and pilots are, the similarities deepened.However, there are also some major differences in so far the Hegemony the Polity here, not the novel of course is completely dominated by the aristocracy who in a quite original twist, are all neural net humans.There is a good explanation of the setup explaining the one way transition from flesh to quantum state which can be embodied in avatars, but not duplicated, the way the Church treats it, the way it works in practice costs, benefits, reasons and that is one of the major strengths of the novel.The opposition who so far seem to be all bad guys with no subtlety though again it is early are a sort of atheist People s Republic with generally dumb but powerful commissars on board and set on conquest and on mischief They have a structural disadvantage to the Hegemony as their ideology regards the neural net humans as missile guidance units with delusions of humanity , so their ships are crewed by flesh humans, hence much lower accelerations, time needed to recover between high g burns and all that vulnerable flesh impliesIn addition there are pirates and corrupt Hegemony officials as well as some that believe that the power structure that prefers the zombies not the flesh humans is wrong The info dumps are quite Weberian on occasion too and while the author does not quite have yet the narrative pull to make one turn the pages through them too, there is a lot of promise so I really hope the series gets continued.Hegemony solves its main storyline and ends at a good point though of course there is a huge TBC sign and the series has depth for a long run if successful.Overall Hegemony was a relatively short, fast and quite engaging read set in a very interesting universe, very Weberian in overtones and philosophy and with narrative pull that on occasion comes close to the Honorverse and for that it makes the list of my highly recommended novels of 2012 In movie and TV science fiction, such as Battlestar Galatica and Star Wars, we see a lot of small, single pilot combat vessels zipping about These are usually portrayed as running rings around larger andponderous vessels, while these small ships can be deadly to the big boys The setup bearsthan a little resemblance to modern day fighter carrier based fighter pilots, and allows for lots of screen time for attractive pilots with good teeth.Yet, in reality, modern carrier aviation wor In movie and TV science fiction, such as Battlestar Galatica and Star Wars, we see a lot of small, single pilot combat vessels zipping about These are usually portrayed as running rings around larger andponderous vessels, while these small ships can be deadly to the big boys The setup bearsthan a little resemblance to modern day fighter carrier based fighter pilots, and allows for lots of screen time for attractive pilots with good teeth.Yet, in reality, modern carrier aviation works because even a slow military plane travels ten times as fast as a fast warship, and moves in a different medium Space ships all move in the same medium, and not only is there no reason for a small ship to be faster than a big one, the small ship will run out of fuel before the big guy does So space fighters don t work.Except when somebody makes a real effort to make them work, which is what we have in Mark Kalina s case His space fighters draw power from the mother ship s lasers, allowing greater acceleration and acting to enhance the mother ship s weapons range Mark also addresses the problem of humans being able to withstand high G forces by having humans upload into computers, and he invokes quantum theory to ensure a human can only be in one computer at a time If you die, we don t just go to the backup you re dead.This is all rather deftly explained in the opening chapters of Hegemony Humanity has long since fled Earth, and two multi planet groups of humans, the Hegemony and the Coalition, are in a currently cold war with each other Into this mix steps Alekzandra Zandy Neel, interceptor pilot and former commoner Her ship gets tasked to investigate what looks like a bit of piracy, but the situation proves exceptionallycomplex I find myself liking a lot of Kalina s world building Zandy s character is rather well developed for the genre, and I found the worlds created fascinating In the Hegemony, the aristocrats referred to by the Greek aristokrat a are permanently uploaded into computers, and download into biomechanical avatars This is not well regarded either by the common people of the Hegemony including Zandy s mother nor the Coalition Actually, even Zandy s a bit conflicted about the idea.On the subject of world building, one of my pet peeves in space opera is to map wet water Navy traditions and ship types onto a space force Not so in Hegemony Kalina rolls his own fleet But this is not just a world builder s novel Space opera is not known for character development, but there s a fair bit of that for even the secondary characters Hegemony is a short book at 298 pages, but it packs a strong punch Highly recommended