The Saga of Seven Suns
, by Kevin J. Anderson. This is a seven-book set of novels, a septology (heptology?).
Humanity has interstellar FTL transportation, which is dependant on allotropic hydrogen which can be harvested from gas giant planets. But they have discovered an ancient method for igniting gas giant planets and converting them into small stars, which would in turn enable them to terraform the moons of said planets. Although there is no pressing need for extra inhabitable worlds, the humans try out the technique on one gas giant, as an experiment. And it works, as predicted.
But it turns out that a large number of gas giant planets are inhabited by an ancient, technologically highly advanced race of hydrogen breathers, called the Hydrogues. And they are pi$$ed when the humans destroy one of their worlds. They embargo their worlds, and destroy any human attempt to harvest the all-important allotropic hydrogen from any gas giant, which threatens to destroy human interstellar civilization..
Anderson has spun this out into a seven-book series. I have just finished the first in the series, Hidden Empire
. The overarching plot is both complex and grand. But, although he gives a game try at characterization, both the characterization and the dialog seem to me to be somewhat simplistic, or maybe it's just the way he uses language.
I am trying to decide whether to invest in the rest of the series. Has anyone read all 7 books? Could you make a recommendation?
Edited by Ironhand, 21 April 2012 - 07:34 AM.
"Did you deem yourself strong, because you were able to twist the heads off civilized folk, poor weaklings with muscles like rotten string? Hell! Break the neck of a wild Cimmerian bull before you call yourself strong. I did that, before I was a full-grown man...!" - Conan, in "Shadows in Zamboula", by Robert E. Howard
"... you speak of Venarium familiarly. Perhaps you were there?"
"I was," grunted [Conan]. "I was one of the horde that swarmed over the hills. I hadn't yet seen fifteen snows, but already my name was repeated about the council fires." - "Beyond the Black River", by Robert E. Howard
Read my Conan screenplays at The Scrolls of Ironhand (in particular my transcription of THE FROST GIANT'S DAUGHTER in Act II of "The Snow Devil") at http://www.scrollsof...d.us/index.html