“After thoroughly enjoying The Forge of God, I picked up Hull Zero Three, written decades later. It was disappointing as a novel. It might have been better as a short story. Although the ideas were still big, I never came to care about any of the characters. The central idea was interesting and challenging.
The colonizing starship had limits, of course, so the trip had to be one way. The problem was, what to do if there was intelligent life on the planet to be colonized. If they didn't want to be colonized, genocide was the plan, using freakish killing animals grown on the ship with Earth's biological engineering skills, tailored to the new planet. There was no option but to succeed at any cost. Some crew rebelled and the ship was in chaos. Interesting, but no cigar, sorry to say.”
Danamanian wrote this review Friday, April 12, 2013.