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I have read two books Forever Free by Joe Haldeman and Speaker For the Dead by Orson Scott Card These two books while differing in many ways have similar aspects of the plot The writers with similar spontaneous writing styles depict life in the future in similar ways Both books illustrate life on obscure newly settled planets On planets like this in both books compared to earth and older civilizations is kind of third-world Forever free has a more interesting plot and bolder more complex character descriptions speaker For the Dead unlike its enthralling predecessor Enders Game has a less interesting and semi uneventful plot In each book the oldest people were highly respected and were thousands of years old due to faster than light speed travel Forever Free Is a book about a group of space war vets who live on an ice planet without most of the modern technology available to people of more thickly populated more advanced civilizations All humans besides those in the colony on the ice planet have evolved into a genetically identical race collectively called man Man has a group mind in which individuals tap in to upload and download thoughts and memories Also a part o this group mind is a very advanced race of aliens with a mental capacity thousands of times that of a man At the end of the book in a long suspenseful climax we discover that all life in the galaxy was just a multi-million year experiment conducted by a supreme being or force Speaker For the Dead is about a civilization of people who colonized a planet inhabited by an alien race which they call the piggies The town is inside a high fence and the people are not allowed to make contact with the piggies who live in the forest outside the gates There are however three people who are allowed to make contact with the piggies for research and experimenting
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