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Thieves, Kristine Kathryn Rusch 26 May 2023

2021 science fiction, ninth in the Diving Universe series. As "Boss" explores deeper into the Boneyard, the Fleet of the present day finally organises a response.

Well, if we learn anything about the Fleet here, it's that they're kind of incompetent. But this feels mostly like setup that cuts off just as the important part starts: the Fleet expedition has turned up and opened fire without even trying to talk.

More interesting to me was the slow exploration into an actively hostile part of a starship graveyard – even if I found some of the technological protections (defences that Fleet systems won't display to their operators, because of security clearances, but which every Fleet vehicle, even a small probe, will autonomously avoid) somewhat unconvincing.

Boss herself ruminates on how what she really likes is wreck diving, and she's been distracted by other things – and as a reader of the series so far I can't help but agree, because that's what I came for and while I've enjoyed the other stuff I'd really like to read more about this core idea of wreck diving in space.

There are lots of dangling questions in the series as a while, and this does little to answer them. I still enhoyed it, mind…

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