"Violent Stars" and "Mindworlds" are the sequels to "Flesh and Gold" - which was one of my very favorite books last year. These were both excellent (but perhaps not quite as good as the first in the trilogy).
Plots and aliens abound in another complex sci-fi mystery...
The story continues in 'Mindworlds,' but now the focus is on a seeming plot by the alien Lyrrht to attack the planet of Khagodis. However, it is suspected that the plot may be only that of some rogue Lyrrht who do not speak for their whole species. But someone is recruiting armies, and disaster is in the works. Ned Gattes and his friend, the Lyrrht-created AI robot Spartakos, getting deeper and deeper in to danger, struggle to unravel the mystery, as does the judge Skerow's son Hasso, now a respected archivist - at least when he's not being framed for crimes he did not commit.
As the title suggests, thematically, the book is all about types of communication - and the breakdown of communication - between individuals, both on the level of misinformation and political plots - and the subtle transmission of human feelings of friendship and love.
Gotlieb has definitely become one of my very favorite authors.