Reviews for The Conqueror
PeacekeeperLibrarian200Percent chapter 1 . 3/1/2014
This was actually a really good intro short story :) I was never much of a Spartan fan myself but I like what you did here more than what I saw of Santiago in Centauri Dawn.

The Zakharov/Garland dynamic was also interesting and I would LOVE to see a prequel from you that deals with what actually went down on the Unity. Your balance between plot and description was also perfect. When I started reading this one I was worried it would turn out to be some half baked game summary but I was more than pleasantly surprised.

Not sure how I feel about using the words "Manifest Destiny" due to its cookie-cutterish historical associations, but that's about the only complaint I have.

Anyway, I'm glad to see that despite the SMAC fandom being quite small, there are still a few good fanfic writers such as yourself who stay active. This summer I finished playing an epically massive Peacekeeper game and I feel like seen about all that the game has to offer so now I'm turning my attention to the fanfiction side of things. I tried playing a Civ IV mod called "Final Frontier" which was fun, but not no where near as good as SMAC and I really wish Sid Meier would make a galactic scale game similar to SMAC because I never could get into Galactic Civilizations, Imperium Galactica II, etc but I digress.
Daval Prestor chapter 1 . 4/28/2012
You reviewed my story so I shall review yours.

Awesome. Very well written and Santiago is as militant as she is ingame. This is one of the best shortfics I have read in a long time. And when santiago steps out of the pod and looks around it really captured what I always feel when I play SMAC/SMAX, Awestruck. Good job and keep writing.

- With dearest regards,

Daval Prestor
Ultimagu chapter 1 . 1/20/2012
I can see here that you also have historically-oriented interests in mind. I like that. The chapter could use some shaping up, but you seem to have canonical character down pretty well. There do not seem to be any errors in the syntax, grammar, or spelling.

I will, however, go at some length to describe the 'pivotal moments of history'; particularly, your usage of this moment as a pivotal moment in history because what you've posed in your story is something of a contradiction. Pivotal moments are exactly what they sound like, moments which are integral to understanding the change from one period to the next. However, your character points out that Terrans, as opposed to Chirotes-or Earthlings and people from Chiron, will most likely destroy themselves; that that is mankind's essence. If you can believe it, historical studies today still debate back and forth whether pivotal moments exist in history or things simply stay the same under different guises. Take for example, ask someone of their thoughts on the Black Death; it killed anywhere from 30-60% of the European population in the course of two years. Most people see this, and they make an argument that society is fundamentally changed by these things.