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What does the title of Allegiance mean?

A reader asks, "What does the title of Allegiance mean?"



Allegiance refers to a bunch of different things. First of all, this is the book that focuses on Ronon -- "his episode." So the first reference is Ronon's plot on Sateda. When Ronon and Radek investigate some developments on Sateda, nothing goes as planned, and pretty soon this has turned into a deadly tangle involving John and Caldwell and some old enemies. So the first question is about Ronon's allegiance -- what does it mean to be Satedan? And how can he still be Satedan, still keep his identity, in a very changed world?

The second reference is Rodney. What does it mean that Quicksilver has given his allegiance to the Wraith? The results of that will not be pretty at all.

The third reference is Teyla. If Teyla has truly decided to stay in Atlantis, not to return to New Athos to live, what does that mean for her relationship with her people?

The fourth reference is John. Where are his loyalties now? With the Air Force? With the expedition? With his friends? Where is John's allegiance?

The fifth reference is Woolsey. Who does he now serve? The IOA? Or Atlantis?

Then there are the Genii, and plots within plots within plots. There are consequences from the events of The Lost for the Genii as well.

Lastly, there is Todd. He's asked to give his allegiance to Queen Death. Does he serve her? And if not, to what does he owe his allegiance?

Allegiance is about loyalties, about what it means to be of a people. What does it mean to say, "This is my people?" And what happens when allegiances conflict.

At least, that's my take on it as a reader. As I've said, Allegiance isn't my book -- it's by Melissa Scott and Amy Griswold, so I'm not the author, though I was part of the plotting process.

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2bluaeryn
Mar. 28th, 2011 01:09 am (UTC)
Sounds like another awesome addition.

I'm going to write the MGM for the sgac - Fight For The Green Light". It's an ongoing campaign to get the SGA and SG-1 movies done. I truly think the response shown in this series makes it clear of the continued interest of fans for *great* SGA.

Again, thanks to you and your fellow writer's for a *water* in a waterless land.
jo_graham
Mar. 28th, 2011 12:14 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome! I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I do think there is still a lot of fannish interest.
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