History Headscratchers / TheForeverWar

23rd Sep '17 5:28:34 AM Illuminatus
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** We know of at least one person who survived the entire conflict: [spoiler]Marygay Potter[/spoiler]. But when Madella arrives at home, he is explicitly told that they are the last returning ship. So, barring any one else traveling around for personal reasons, any other survivor would have returned home and lived out their lives by then.

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** We know of at least one person who survived the entire conflict: [spoiler]Marygay Potter[/spoiler].Marygay Potter. But when Madella arrives at home, he is explicitly told that they are the last returning ship. So, barring any one else traveling around for personal reasons, any other survivor would have returned home and lived out their lives by then.
23rd Sep '17 5:28:11 AM Illuminatus
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* Was Mandella the oldest living human by the end of the war? Or maybe it would be more accurate to say the longest living. Did anyone else survive from the first days of the war?

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* Was Mandella the oldest living human by the end of the war? Or maybe it would be more accurate to say the longest living. Did anyone else survive from the first days of the war?war?
** We know of at least one person who survived the entire conflict: [spoiler]Marygay Potter[/spoiler]. But when Madella arrives at home, he is explicitly told that they are the last returning ship. So, barring any one else traveling around for personal reasons, any other survivor would have returned home and lived out their lives by then.
28th Aug '17 3:44:26 PM Mullon
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** From where do you get the additional materials?

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** From where do you get the additional materials?materials?
* Was Mandella the oldest living human by the end of the war? Or maybe it would be more accurate to say the longest living. Did anyone else survive from the first days of the war?
23rd Oct '15 7:27:20 PM Rodnap
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* In part three, they sit on the planet, morale suffers from inaction and being crammed in close quarters and they have energy to spare. Why didn't they vastly extend their underground base. The planet is solid (no seismic activity or volcanism) and three-quarters the size of Earth. Every soldier could have had a suit of rooms, they could have had an indoor football field, a cart track, ...

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* In part three, they sit on the planet, morale suffers from inaction and being crammed in close quarters and they have energy to spare. Why didn't they vastly extend their underground base. The planet is solid (no seismic activity or volcanism) and three-quarters the size of Earth. Every soldier could have had a suit of rooms, they could have had an indoor football field, a cart track, ...track, ...
**From where do you get the additional materials?
23rd Oct '15 7:23:55 PM Rodnap
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** you have the cloned unified conciousness who is the culmination of psionics abilities
25th Jun '15 1:09:11 AM trims
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** My impression it was a souped-up Ion Drive concept. Which is fueled by a solar sail collecting interstellar hydrogen. In any case, there's plenty of power/fuel sources available out in space that aren't practical to use on Earth (or any planet).
16th Jun '15 12:01:25 PM jann_poppinga
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* Potter's father comments that the war is the reason why everything is so bad when they return after their first tour; "the very best fell to the Elite Conscription Act and wound up being cannon fodder." Yet the small size of the forces doing the actual fighting appears to contradict this. OK, so they need a large military industrial support network to fight a war in space. But surely a lot of that would still be based on Earth, unaffected by relativity and therefore still able to contribute to Earth's economy?

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* Potter's father comments that the war is the reason why everything is so bad when they return after their first tour; "the very best fell to the Elite Conscription Act and wound up being cannon fodder." Yet the small size of the forces doing the actual fighting appears to contradict this. OK, so they need a large military industrial support network to fight a war in space. But surely a lot of that would still be based on Earth, unaffected by relativity and therefore still able to contribute to Earth's economy?economy?
* The UNEF seems to sufer a great deal from a lack of information. Ships are unacounted for centuries, the results of battles are unknown. It seems a *little* more investment in messenger drone would have helped a lot.
* When the lasers overheat during the final battle, why don't the cool them with the phenomenal heat exchangers they have on the suits? They were working great even in the 1990s!
* In part three, they sit on the planet, morale suffers from inaction and being crammed in close quarters and they have energy to spare. Why didn't they vastly extend their underground base. The planet is solid (no seismic activity or volcanism) and three-quarters the size of Earth. Every soldier could have had a suit of rooms, they could have had an indoor football field, a cart track, ...
9th Mar '15 2:50:36 PM ThorennG
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* What was the point of having psionics in the fisrt part? Unless I missed soemething, it was never addressed or brought up again, neither directly nor indirectly...

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* What was the point of having psionics in the fisrt first part? Unless I missed soemething, something, it was never addressed or brought up again, neither directly nor indirectly...
28th Mar '14 9:04:01 AM Odon
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** It's possible that psionic abilities were phased out when when humanity went for eugenics programs. They didn't seem to confer any significant advantages in the chapter they appeared in anyway.

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** It's possible that psionic abilities were phased out when when humanity went for eugenics programs. They didn't seem to confer any significant advantages in the chapter they appeared in anyway.anyway.
* Potter's father comments that the war is the reason why everything is so bad when they return after their first tour; "the very best fell to the Elite Conscription Act and wound up being cannon fodder." Yet the small size of the forces doing the actual fighting appears to contradict this. OK, so they need a large military industrial support network to fight a war in space. But surely a lot of that would still be based on Earth, unaffected by relativity and therefore still able to contribute to Earth's economy?
28th Oct '13 8:13:22 AM dclark
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** It seems to have been to emphasize that Mandella and his buddies don't understand what they're fighting and are in way over their heads.

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** It seems to have been to emphasize that Mandella and his buddies don't understand what they're fighting and are in way over their heads.heads.
** It's possible that psionic abilities were phased out when when humanity went for eugenics programs. They didn't seem to confer any significant advantages in the chapter they appeared in anyway.
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