The seventh episode of The Human Division, John Scalzi's new thirteen-episode novel in the world of his bestselling Old Man's War. Beginning on January 15, 2013, a new episode of The Human Division will appear in e-book form every Tuesday.
CDF Lieutenant Harry Wilson has one simple task: Watch an ambassador's dog while the diplomat is conducting sensitive negotiations with an alien race. But you know dogs—always getting into something. And when this dog gets into something that could launch an alien civil war, Wilson has to find a way to solve the conflict, fast, or be the one in the Colonial Union's doghouse.
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Scalzi s hectically paced and philosophical continuation of the Old Man s War series is an invigorating and morally complex interstellar thriller with heart. The human Colonial Union has lost the trust of neighboring worlds due to allegations that it s been delaying Earth s technological development so it can farm Earth for colonists and soldiers. When the Polk, a Union ambassadorial starship, is obliterated while on a secret diplomatic mission with the alien Utche, the Union sends in a B-team rebellious and unorthodox Lt. Harry Wilson, meek diplomatic assistant Hart Schmidt, and aggressive ambassador Abumwe to seal negotiations and discover who (or what) destroyed the Polk. Scalzi injects the thrilling wonder of escapist science fiction with the painful despair of human betrayal and selfishness, focusing as much on conflicts of the heart as on warring alien civilizations. First released as digital serial installments, the book s chapters reverberate with cliffhanger suspense, building and resolving a central conflict while building on more complex story arcs. Deeply realized characters and stinging webs of political and social deceit lend mystery and emotionally harsh realism to a thrilling setting of deep space and distant worlds.
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Funny and cute
This episode is fairly light-hearted with some genuinely funny moments. Anyone with a love of dogs will empathize with the plight of the titular character and Scalzi solves the problem posed in a manner unexpected but also consistent with the universe he's created.
I'm a huge fan an am enjoying the series, but this episode seems like a random diversion having little to do with the story ark. Maybe it will tie in later, but this seemed like a brain dropping. Fun and easy to read, but I was hoping these short stories would tie in together a little tighter.