And in spite of everything I have said, you are still going to help fix my ship and let me go? We will not be able to monitor your actions or affect them in any way. Even as this was realized, one of the strange alien vessels materialized into normal space concurrent with the flagship. Those who were naturally deficient could be biologically altered to make them more receptive, and their newfound receptivity passed on to succeeding generations. The alien commander adopted a typical bipedal defensive posture: legs bent, hands extended. All other races were receivers, sensitive to varying degree to Amplitur projections.
Fighting was a disagreeable business, smelling strongly of uncivilization, as did the need to maintain enormous stocks of war material and the fleets to transport it. What might be its end? That would not happen to the Sspari, the Commander vowed. Unlike some other peoples, they had wisely chosen not to fight when fighting would have been futile. We can phase to Underspace only a limited number of times. The alien regarded his captors, straining to isolate shapes in the dim reddish light. Humans are caught up in an alien war in this epic from the 1 New York Times—bestselling author of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Trek Into Darkness.
One responsible for the safety of many ships could not be dominated by psychological weakness. Someone had to make decisions, One-who-Decides knew. Other books include novelizations of science fiction movies and television shows such as Star Trek, The Black Hole, Starman, Star Wars, and the Alien movies. They had demonstrated unexpected maturity by immediately opening themselves to the beauty and wonder of the Purpose. Final victory was something the Crigolit, Ashregan, and other combative races would achieve.
This concept is foreign to us. The latter bespoke an organization strong only militarily. From time to time members of other races and even the occasional Amplitur would question it all. An efficient species, physically strong but not particularly intelligent or imaginative. Now it was changing the galaxy.
Once, they had been hesitant, but that was all before the Purpose. Their sole reward lay in the knowledge that by their work they were furthering the Purpose. That the Sspari had, though not to any great or remarkable degree. Enough to be content with the ample work still to be done. One-who-Decides gently nudged a control and the sickle swung left and down toward Navigation.
You are not truly united, said one of the other Amplitur. It exists exclusive of us, outside and beyond us, the real reason for everything that is. The entire wall opposite Engineering was transparent: a concession to aesthetics. If you were not fanatics you might even be likable. Prinac let out a short, whistling breath.
When the Amplitur gained ground, they rarely surrendered it back no matter what the cost, while the Sspari could be induced to make orderly retreats. And scattered among them were bright pinpoints of red, vessels of unknown origin trying to time their emergence into real space properly to engage the ships of the Purpose. Without a singleness of purpose to unite, there can be no true strength. They were forever lost to the Purpose. If necessary, a pill could be taken. That was not going to happen here, One-who-Decides thought firmly.
A number had escaped to warn their fellows. It was a discovery fraught with promise as much as threat. Soon would come the time of reproduction, which could not be allowed until the present effort on behalf of the Purpose had been satisfactorily concluded. That was shortly to be remedied by a boarding party. Not one, not six, but an unknown number of new intelligences to bring to the Purpose.
I especially do not like the way you treat your slave peoples. How could the Amplitur have existed prior to the Purpose? So shall you be with us. The Crigolit acknowledged with a wave of both antennae while the Korath spread its upper limbs. Whether it wanted to or not. There was no question of invasion of privacy, a basic need which the Amplitur themselves understood.