Neal Asher. Shell Game. (The New Space Opera 2).

Not very convincing tale of interspecies conflict. Humans discover the a remnant of an alien invasion force, creatures who believe that the identical nature of their shells to that of the galactic spiral make them God’s chosen creatures. The captain has a plan to use another alien race to introduce into the shell-creatures a virus that will make future generations develop shells in another pattern, and introduces this virus by having his spaceship transform into the same format as the alien vessel, and to head onto the alien planet with crew disguised as aliens, to introduce the virus.

The tone of the story doesn’t work for me, with one of the aliens given the name Brian, and the story as a whole doesn’t convince and doesn’t engage.

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