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How do you Defeat Aliens who control the Orbitals?

Aliens? Invading aliens? What will Earth do? Well...we may have a few more resources than we first thought. Come join a friendly discussion about David Weber's newest Tor series - "Out of the Dark."
Re: How do you Defeat Aliens who control the Orbitals?
Post by phillies   » Sat Jun 08, 2019 2:56 pm

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jvilnis wrote:How do yoou defeat a race of Aliens who control high orbit and can throw rocks at you down the gravity well?

Unless you can somehow get up to defeat their ships you are always going to be at a enormous disadvantage.


Planetary force screens. Commando Cody's Cosmic Dust Blanket. Dinintegrator cannon that make the rocks go away. Artificial gravity rays that return the rocks to the aliens, at ten times their prior speed.
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Re: How do you Defeat Aliens who control the Orbitals?
Post by runsforcelery   » Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:34 am

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Killmouski wrote:
jvilnis wrote:How do yoou defeat a race of Aliens who control high orbit and can throw rocks at you down the gravity well?

Unless you can somehow get up to defeat their ships you are always going to be at a enormous disadvantage.


David Webber gave us the answer in the first few chapters of the book. Then he lost his mind and introduced Vampires.

I digress. He gave humans the inability to surrender. This is something the puppies have never encountered. We also had some very advanced technology in certain areas. Finally, the puppies taught us everything we knew about their civilization, because we "surrendered" and were now one big happy family (not).

We don't defeat. We fight an asymmetrical war, and take them over from within, by hacking their computers and using their tech against them.

I was very disapointed with this book. It was the first book of his I read, and I am cringing at the prospect of reading another.



Sorry you feel that way. There are reasons for what I did in the book, although the delay between it and the sequel mean that I have been slower in getting those reasons out.

Part of the problem is that I wrote a short story/novella for an anthology TOR published. I was deliberately going as far off the reservation as I could in it (for various reasons) and the thread with Vlad and Buckevsky was the entire story. Tom Doherty at TOR loved it (and I kinda liked it) so he asked me to expand it into a novel. I said "I can do that, but only if I make some changes to turn it into science fiction and not fantasy." He said go for it, and I did.Then Real Life intervened and I was waaaaay delayed in getting the next book written. Which is what Into the Light is.

Mind you, I thought OOTD worked just fine, and I did give you all sorts of clues when Vlad turned up that Smething Strange Was Coming.


"Oh, bother!" said Pooh, as Piglet came back from the dead.
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