I can sum up the basis to this book in the next sentence. Man is rotten.However, the book wasn't. Even if it was depressing at times showing just how selfish mankind is, the writing is solid and the series of stories were brilliant.I liked how Resnick dealt with the “alienness” of aliens and didn't try to ascribe human motives and emotions to most of them. His twists on how mankind interacted with and eventually connived or coerced them to subjugate themselves was inspired as well.I don't recommend this book if you can't distance yourself enough to see that mankind generally is close to his counterpart in these stories but has the ability to change. If you can, then it makes for a great read.