Okay, my two cents are going to be the usual, especially for a first draft of sec world fantasy, which is that I ask you lots of questions first:
The thing I've learned from visiting physics forums where real physicists (versus non-physicists like me) discuss stuff is that things are rarely too
You need to see District 9. About as real as it gets as far as alien contact. Just be careful, it's one of those movies that sticks with you long after
Glad to see you enjoyed it...and my books as well. I think you pretty much hit the nail on the head.
I really enjoyed this one.
Not as light and fun as Sullivan, nor as poetic as Rothfuss,not even as layered as Martin - but still an amazing