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Stuff I'm reading... Mostly romance and Scifi/Fantasy.

The Best of All Possible Worlds

The Best of All Possible Worlds - 3.75 stars. Great little Scifi novel with a mild touch of romance towards the end, although the more traditional elements of Science Fiction are definitely the focus of the book. The Sadiri are a Vulcan-like race. Their powerful psi abilities have meant that they lead the galaxies in scientific endeavour, law and justice, and interstellar transport. A genocidal attack on their home planet almost wipes them out and it is left to the few pockets of remaining Sadiri (mostly male) to research ways to recreate their race. One group chooses to relocate to the pioneering, open-minded planet, Cygnus Beta. Grace Delarua is a science officer and diplomat native to Cygnus Beta. She is allocated to the Sadiri team who are researching humanoid life on the planet to find women compatible with Sadiri biology and most likely to reinvigorate and replicate the Sadiri abilites. The Sadiri are hoping to replenish their gene pool through arranged intermarriage, a common custom on Cygnus Beta.The main 1st person POV is Grace's and she is a very cheerful, enthusiastic - almost dorkily outgoing - character. Her curiosity and delightful respect for other races and cultures draws the Sadiri to her. In particular the inscrutable Dllenahkh. The story is primarily an anthropological and adventurous field trip across the vastness of Cygnus Beta, meeting new cultures, having some good and not-so-good encounters with the natives, and getting to know each other. Occasionally at the end of a chapter we get the 3rd person POV of Dllenahkh which is very effective in showing the otherwise masked feelings of this closed-off man and gives insight into his growing feelings for Grace.Entertaining read which borrows a little from the Star Trek philosophy: "to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before."