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to body and mind, many different races in various stages
of social and technological development, extinct and
very advanced species who could build thousands of giant
artificial worlds and yet another species that seems
to have only one purpose: to destroy those giant worlds.
In my eyes "Matter" is actually a pretty good
mirror of our society right now. Not with the description
above, however, but that is just for entertainment,
What I mean is that there are many novels in the history
of science fiction that deal with the meeting of an
advanced species with a not-so-advanced species. The
interesting and "contemporary" twist in "Matter"
is that all species are sort of equally aware of their
current state, their past and their future, almost like
our world is becoming.
The depressing thing is that it doesn't change anything.
Greed, love, fear ... it all leads to the same developments
portrait so often in novels and witnessed in real life.