Re: Sci-fi first contact stories.

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Block1788 Wrote: The Deathworlders. It’s fucking fantastic. Not on RoyalRoad, but it has its own website. The chapters are all long and as proof of a good author, he makes 3k+ on Patreon PER chapter.

Second this.  You really can't do better if you're looking for a series dealing with aliens wrapping their squishy brains around humans.  

Re: Sci-fi first contact stories.

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Not serious but very very funny and quite refreshing :
https://www.royalroad.com/fiction/25026/they-are-smol

The first contact is in the second arc ^^

My description of it:
A strange vision of the relation between human and aliens.
Human are just seen as cute things that aliens want to observe kindly.
And as human we're trying to be seen as more than that.
But is not that simple when your space neighbour can easily destroy you.

Re: Sci-fi first contact stories.

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Block1788 Wrote: The Deathworlders. It’s fucking fantastic. Not on RoyalRoad, but it has its own website. The chapters are all long and as proof of a good author, he makes 3k+ on Patreon PER chapter.


To add a different view on this topic, Deathworlders starts out good and builds a nice world, but it quickly becomes an unreadable mess. The author spends more time jumping POV then trying to tell a solid story. This is in large part due to all of the subplots going on at once. There are subplot within subplot that have their subplot.

Point being, take the words of people saying it's the greatest story ever told with a grain of salt. It can still be a good story, but if don't know what you are going into it can be a very frustrating read.

Re: Sci-fi first contact stories.

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Wrote: To add a different view on this topic, Deathworlders starts out good and builds a nice world, but it quickly becomes an unreadable mess. The author spends more time jumping POV then trying to tell a solid story. This is in large part due to all of the subplots going on at once. There are subplot within subplot that have their subplot.

Point being, take the words of people saying it's the greatest story ever told with a grain of salt. It can still be a good story, but if don't know what you are going into it can be a very frustrating read.


I agree and disagree with what you said. It’s true that the author jumps POV to POV, but the reason he does that is because he is trying to tell us the entire story instead of a fragment of the whole. It is also because of the size of the story he is trying to make. And if you want to tell a story talking about the entirety of the path of humanity in space, then having many POVs is something he has to do. What is admirable is that he made all those povs unique and I can clearly tell who is who.