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Pax Magellanica: Reichworld by Michael Lingaard is a fictional cyclopedia of our future, written in the distant stars of a galaxy 163,000 light-years from Earth, and spanning seven books within this epoch. It is the year 2099 and four megalithic star-ships, powered by the force of gravity, embark on a mission to colonize two newly established human worlds in the nearby Alpha Centauri and Barnard’s Star Systems. One of these vast ships, Thorn, is commanded by Captain Peter van Diemen, and once it sets out for its new existence, no one could have anticipated the fate that awaited. Sinuous tendrils of an intrigue unfathomable by human minds deliver Thorn to a destination rich in bounty but bereft of humanity; an unplanned destination both shocking and wonderous in nature. This is the story of the generations springing from Thorn’s manifest, spanning hundreds of years of development, focused through the Van Diemen bloodline.
In Pax Magellanica: Reichworld, Michael Lingaard has created an incredibly rich and diverse society of the human race that is truly awe-inspiring. I found all of the characters were genuine representations of real-life individuals, driven by motives that have existed throughout our long history. The alien life encountered was portrayed in a very distinct and unique way, ensuring there could be no doubt of the void between species. What stands this epic apart for me, however, is the provocative manner in which the fates of the twelve survivors of the war are dealt with; I firmly believe the Universe exists in a permanent state of entropy, and these poor individuals have been cast out of that existence into immortality. The problems they face and the dogmas society creates around their lives serve as an intense catalyst for thought; this is the real concept that will haunt your thoughts long after you have closed the last page of this amazing adventure.