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Old December 24th, 2015, 08:57 AM
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If you haven't received it, you might want to email Marc directly.

Cheers,

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Would you IM me the E-mail I should use, please.

Thank you! Happy Holidays!

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You spotted but didn't trust your recognition of the joke. (Cryton mentioned this joke to me when we were talking earlier...)

the joke is T5 is both canon (as in official), and a weapon (cannon) against other editions.
*chuckle* Ok, that works for me. Sad, but true.

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If you noticed the line "There were the standard five sets, three of each: Negotiator, Advisor, Warlord, Admiral, and Decider", then you might get the idea that there are four possible sequels or books in the "Agent" series.

On the other hand it took Marc forty odd years to write this one
Actually, from the point Marc got the bug, it was about a year.

If he is motivated, Marc outputs a lot.
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I enjoyed it. Could not put it down.

Might need to reread it.
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Finally got some uninterrupted time.

Finished it.

WOW!

IMTU, there has long been a cadre of Relics - special operatives trained in secret, and stored for decades or centuries, to do the Empire's Bidding.

There is an offhand reference to such mid book.

IMTU, there have been truthsayers in the early Imperium (since the 1980's). The book confirms their existence. Some psionic, some simply reading tells. Both are confirmed in canon now.

The 300+ year span... handled in a Edward Rutherford type manner. I'm quite impressed.
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It could easily be a much longer novel.

Just about every chapter could be fleshed out into a full on short story (a bit more incidental action, a bit more description of the environment that sort of thing). What I really like about the structure of the novel is the minimalist approach - it is about getting a job done and jumping ahead in history.

There are loads of plot hooks left dangling for a sequel or two.

And once again - makers are a real thing in setting

I'm reading it again, more slowly this time, and making notes...

it really is a good book.

Mr Miller, congratulations sir
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Finally got some uninterrupted time.

Finished it.

WOW!

IMTU, there has long been a cadre of Relics - special operatives trained in secret, and stored for decades or centuries, to do the Empire's Bidding.

There is an offhand reference to such mid book.

IMTU, there have been truthsayers in the early Imperium (since the 1980's). The book confirms their existence. Some psionic, some simply reading tells. Both are confirmed in canon now.

The 300+ year span... handled in a Edward Rutherford type manner. I'm quite impressed.
IMTU it's "the Emperor's Eyes" - brilliant, often anagathically-preserved analysts assisted by some seriously impressive AI who are basically running a real-time psychohistory /pseudoreality simulation in order to look for problem spots. in the Imperium. That's when they send in either "normal operatives or agents" who essentially try to work within the system to solve the problem, or they activate the "Emperor's Hand" (well, one of them) which are the cyrofrozen between missions and decanted when needed. They are the ones that tend to order the scrubbings...

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Talking of TLs in the book, the Imperium appears to have military tech a lot sooner than canonical history - jump 6 ships nearly two hundred years prior to achieving TL15.
Keep in mind that in the 700's (when the J-6 ship is mentioned during Margaret's reign), the Imperium is nominally TL14, which is max J-5 standard. So a J-6 ship as an "Early" or "Prototype" vessel might not be too far-fetched.
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Keep in mind that in the 700's (when the J-6 ship is mentioned during Margaret's reign), the Imperium is nominally TL14, which is max J-5 standard. So a J-6 ship as an "Early" or "Prototype" vessel might not be too far-fetched.
That is why I'd preferred a ship guide and planet guide with the book to the rule specs. I think there are entire sub stories buried in those details.
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The finish was very open ended.
This is probably a good thing, but as I was reading I kind of expected that eventually Jonathan would get to a point where advanced technology would let him permanently decant into a cyborg body or something and avoid the (implied) expiration date of 1000.
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