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[This Review is by request of F&SF Magazine and is cross posted to the F&SF message board http://www.sfsite.com/fsf/
Republic by Robert Onopa, is an inverted first contact story with all the requisite armed warlike aliens who practice blood rituals on an Earth-like planet. This story is written with an indirect style that prevents an intimacy of experience in the reader and because the story is being told rather than shown, this experience is compounded with some passivity. Beyond this rather dry narrative style, the story didn’t seem to add much to similar stories I’ve read in the past. Where is the exciting, novelty adventure – the idea pushing the mind, the envelope being stretched? Haven’t we done this story enough already?