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[review] A Season for Slaughter (The War Against the Chtorr, volume 4) by David Gerrold
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James Nicoll
2021-09-15 15:02:32 UTC
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A Season for Slaughter (The War Against the Chtorr, volume 4) by David Gerrold

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James Nicoll
2021-09-15 15:30:30 UTC
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A Season for Slaughter (The War Against the Chtorr, volume 4) by David Gerrold
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People may be wondering "Hey, what happened to A Rage for Revenge?" I
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I have to not be so confident it does not occur to me to double check
that I am reading the right book. The missing review will be up next
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Robert Carnegie
2021-09-15 22:07:12 UTC
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A Season for Slaughter (The War Against the Chtorr, volume 4) by David Gerrold
https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/rose-garden-dreams
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My reviews can be found at http://jamesdavisnicoll.com/
My tor pieces at https://www.tor.com/author/james-davis-nicoll/
My Dreamwidth at https://james-davis-nicoll.dreamwidth.org/
My patreon is at https://www.patreon.com/jamesdnicoll
People may be wondering "Hey, what happened to A Rage for Revenge?" I
fucked up, is what. I somehow convinced myself I'd reviewed it. "Don't
you keep a list of to-do books to avoid that sort of thing?" I do, but
I have to not be so confident it does not occur to me to double check
that I am reading the right book. The missing review will be up next
week.
So now there's a "which order to read reviews in" problem. :-)
William Hyde
2021-09-15 22:35:16 UTC
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A Season for Slaughter (The War Against the Chtorr, volume 4) by David Gerrold
https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/rose-garden-dreams
Perhaps book 5 will reveal whether or not this belongs in the "doomed attempts at planetary
colonization" topic, or not.

It might, but then, "The Genocides" did not.

William Hyde
Lynn McGuire
2021-09-15 23:28:41 UTC
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A Season for Slaughter (The War Against the Chtorr, volume 4) by David Gerrold
https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/rose-garden-dreams
Perhaps book 5 will reveal whether or not this belongs in the "doomed attempts at planetary
colonization" topic, or not.
It might, but then, "The Genocides" did not.
William Hyde
Or books 6 or 7. Gerrold does claim to have books 6 and 7 written
already. Book 5 is about insanity which he claims to have trouble
writing about.

https://gizmodo.com/david-gerrold-says-the-next-chtorr-book-will-be-finishe-1718362165
and

https://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/163164/why-hasnt-david-gerrold-published-the-next-war-against-the-chtorr-book-yet

But the Chtorr are soundly winning the battle in books 1 to 4. A sudden
reversal of that would be a complete turnabout.

Lynn
Quadibloc
2021-09-20 03:05:18 UTC
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Or books 6 or 7. Gerrold does claim to have books 6 and 7 written
already. Book 5 is about insanity which he claims to have trouble
writing about.
Ah. This is interesting.

But is there a need for a book 8 before the series can conclude?

John Savard
Dan Swartzendruber
2021-09-20 00:02:46 UTC
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A Season for Slaughter (The War Against the Chtorr, volume 4) by David Gerrold
https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/rose-garden-dreams
I have no idea if this is true or not, but I remember some years back,
reading a claim that he never finished the story because he felt he had
painted himself into a corner. e.g. the Chtorran ecology was
unbeatable. If that isn't the case, I have no better idea as to why he
just... stopped.
Dimensional Traveler
2021-09-20 04:11:04 UTC
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A Season for Slaughter (The War Against the Chtorr, volume 4) by David Gerrold
https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/rose-garden-dreams
I have no idea if this is true or not, but I remember some years back,
reading a claim that he never finished the story because he felt he had
painted himself into a corner. e.g. the Chtorran ecology was
unbeatable. If that isn't the case, I have no better idea as to why he
just... stopped.
The story that I heard is that he semi-retired from writing to take care
of his special needs child.
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-dsr-
2021-09-23 11:16:07 UTC
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A Season for Slaughter (The War Against the Chtorr, volume 4) by David Gerrold
https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/rose-garden-dreams
I have no idea if this is true or not, but I remember some years back,
reading a claim that he never finished the story because he felt he had
painted himself into a corner. e.g. the Chtorran ecology was
unbeatable. If that isn't the case, I have no better idea as to why he
just... stopped.
The story that I heard is that he semi-retired from writing to take care
of his special needs child.
Both of these appear to be true.

He started publishing again in 2000 through 2005, and a few short stories
appeared in the years since; then in 2020, he published Hella.

Three of the books in the 2000-2005 period and Hella are not just set
in the same universe, they are all hinted to take place in the Chtorran
universe, starting around the time of the initial invasion. Save for
opening scenes in the first of these, nothing takes place on Earth.

-dsr-

Lynn McGuire
2021-09-20 20:53:11 UTC
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A Season for Slaughter (The War Against the Chtorr, volume 4) by David Gerrold
https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/rose-garden-dreams
I have no idea if this is true or not, but I remember some years back,
reading a claim that he never finished the story because he felt he had
painted himself into a corner. e.g. the Chtorran ecology was
unbeatable. If that isn't the case, I have no better idea as to why he
just... stopped.
Several authors (John Varley, etc) have booted humans off the planet
Earth. One of them even used nanomachine gobblers to turn the Earth
into a dust cloud (Sean Williams).

Lynn
William Hyde
2021-09-20 21:05:42 UTC
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A Season for Slaughter (The War Against the Chtorr, volume 4) by David Gerrold
https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/rose-garden-dreams
I have no idea if this is true or not, but I remember some years back,
reading a claim that he never finished the story because he felt he had
painted himself into a corner. e.g. the Chtorran ecology was
unbeatable. If that isn't the case, I have no better idea as to why he
just... stopped.
Several authors (John Varley, etc) have booted humans off the planet
Earth.
As did Clarke, in several stories.

One of them even used nanomachine gobblers to turn the Earth
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into a dust cloud (Sean Williams).
Also Greg Bear, somewhat more explosively. And another author in a book I am reading now.

William Hyde
Quadibloc
2021-09-20 03:03:34 UTC
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A Season for Slaughter (The War Against the Chtorr, volume 4) by David Gerrold
https://jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/rose-garden-dreams
It does not seem to me that he has structured the series in such a way
as to lead to a conclusion.

Everything I have read of it so far tells me that for the human race
to find a way to eradicate the Chtorr from Earth would be an
anti-climax, ringing false with what has gone before.

For the human race to start anew on an isolated Martian colony would
seem to be the only possible ending, but there are as yet no signs of
development towards that conclusion.

John Savard
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