ANTIcarrot wrote:True enough. However a counter point #1. This is my point of view as a reader. And I'm entitled to it. And #2. A plot hole is a still a plot hole even when other readers refuse to see it.
And you're entitled to be an jackass about it, even if other forum members refuse to call you on it.
ANTIcarrot wrote:I'd be surprised if there were five hundred words in the entire story devoted to actions of non telepathic humans. And as far as telling us, Fel contradicts us almost every other time he talks about it. We learn very little about the Subjugation of humanity, which is a little odd considering the title of the story.
Once again, the story wasn't about the whole of humanity's reaction to the Subjugation. It was about Jason's reaction, and what happened to him. Story wise, who really cares what else is going on? It's not important what else is happening in Los Angeles while Jason is living in West Virginia, unless it directly affects him.
ANTIcarrot wrote:This statement demonstrates a shocking lack of imagination on your part.
I'm not even going to dignify that with a response.
ANTIcarrot wrote:That problem only exists for centralized or cell-style resistance. If it's open rebellion (like 'illegal' file-sharing) then it's much more difficult to clamp down on it. If it's emergent behavior, then it's impossible. If the Faey soldiers aren't doing their jobs right (which they fail to do again and again) then they probably won't even notice until it's too late. Fel portrays the Faey as moronic on occasion, which is nothing compared to his portrayal of incompetent humanity when they fail to take advantage of it even once.
So if every person on earth rebelled, it'd work? What about 1 in 10? 1 in 100? If there that many rebels, there would be a much more vigilant force on hand to deal with them. Even a guerrilla-based war wouldn't work. We saw in the story that the Faey didn't mind leveling a continent to drive out a resistance force. Doing seven continents wouldn't be that much harder.
ANTIcarrot wrote:There's also economic resistance. Simply making enough money until you can afford to screw someone else over legally. Or black-market resistance, where you pay a Kimdori or rival house to sneak you off world to a place where you are no longer under the Trillane's thumb. Or you start prospecting the asteroid belt and do the same thing. There are dozens of ways it could be done. Unfortunately Fel tells us absolutely nothing about the state of affairs of Earth's economy (again, very strange, as that is a hell of a lot more important than a mere 3 million humans) or what kind of system the Trillane's operated on Earth.
Fel actually did address this, several times. The people who actively objected to the Faey rule were either sent to a farm which was closely guarded or they did what Jason did--ran away. The problem with running away is that they then became outlaws, and their face would automatically be recognized as such if they ever went to a space port. Now I'm sure you'll come back with something like "But there were always ships coming and going in the frontier to deliver stuff to Jason." True, but the ships coming and going bring Jason stuff had a distinct advantage--Kumi. Kumi, as a Trillane noble, would be able to access all the information that she needed to slip in and out. Especially since she had her Kimdori friend.
Any other human trying to do what Jason did wouldn't have been able to do it. Jason brought the technology he needed and the knowledge to use it into the frontier with him. He had also befriended, albeit unwittingly, someone who didn't mind doing something slightly illegally to help him. A singularly unique set of events that led to an agreeable outcome. Of course, it is a story.
Is it possible that someone else could do what Jason did? Of course. But the point is this book isn't about some other person's adventure. It's about Jason. And Fel did an excellent job of telling Jason's story. The rest of humanity was mentioned several times, but their plight wasn't exactly plot sensitive. It was in that Jason was trying to improve Earth's condition and the average human's placement, but it wasn't about John Doe out in Iowa picking corn.
ANTIcarrot wrote:Since the story seems to bypass the Subjugation altogether, maybe a better title might be 'How Jason Became The Most Powerful Man In The Universe'. Or maybe use 'telepath' instead of 'man' just to make it quite clear the story doesn't include and isn't about humans at all.
I don't know where you got this idea, but whatever.
ANTIcarrot wrote:Neither are the Faey. Stupidity is the other great equaliser. And the Faey show themselves to be moronically stupid again and again and again.
But still smarter than current humans.
ANTIcarrot wrote:Mentally speaking, the Faey are practically human with a slightly better education, not ubermenchen. If anything, socially they're about a thousand years behind us. Remember this is not Sennadar and Jason is not Tarrin. Jason is not a demigod. He is special because he's a generations telepath. Anything else he does, so can anyone else.
Emphasis added by me. Their education is the advantage. Knowledge is power, and that is Jason's true talent. Jason wasn't successful because he was a Generations Telepath. His knowledge and resourcefulness is why he was special.
I don't believe that socially they are a thousand years behind us. It's different, but not behind. I would say that the toleration that they show for other races, religions, etc. shows that they are actually ahead of us in many ways. The current social climate, at least if you live in the US and listen to the propaganda spread by the current idiotic administration, is an environment of fear, hate, bigotry, and religious zealousness. This mirrors the social climate of other areas of the world. Are we still socially advanced to the Faey?
ANTIcarrot wrote:A true space fairing race would find the idea of a 'farming world' impossibly quaint. The Faey aren't a true space faring civilization, but a planetary one. They're Mongol Hordes with lightsabres and funkey mental powers. They have absolutely no idea what they're technology is actually capable of, as Jason proves repeatedly, even before Karris.
Perhaps. Perhaps not. I'll let you know when I meet a true space faring race.
In the story, producing food in a replicator was only postulated, not tested.
Also, if you're going to point out other people's spelling and grammar mistakes, make sure you know the right way to do it yourself. They're equals they are. Their is the possessive form of they, as in "That is their dog." And just to be complete, there is a reference to a place.
ANTIcarrot wrote:And if you believe that, I have some land in Florida I'd like to sell you.
Never heard that one before. Usually it's something to the effect of "some ocean front property in Arizona." But I wouldn't mind having some property in Florida. Good hunting, good fishing, pleasant climate, and pretty women. Sounds good to me.