Stargate Atlantis: Inheiritors is the sixth novel in the Stargate Atlantis: Legacy series, which was written by Melissa Scott, Jo Graham, Meg Burden and Amy Griswold. It was preceded by Stargate Atlantis: Secrets and followed by Stargate Atlantis: Unascended.
As conflicts and betrayal threaten to shatter Atlantis’s fragile alliances with Guide’s Wraith and the Genii, humanity’s only hope of survival rests on the fate of an Ancient device — a weapon too terrible to use but too powerful to cast aside. A weapon capable of exterminating every Wraith in the galaxy, and with them every human carrying Wraith DNA…
With Queen Death’s fleet fast approaching, Colonel Sheppard and his team must make their final choice. In the sixth and concluding installment of the STARGATE ATLANTIS Legacy series, the future of Atlantis will be decided — and more than one of her crew will be called upon to sacrifice everything in the fight for her survival...
The events depicted in this adventure take place after season five of Stargate Atlantis.
An extract from chapter 1:
“So let’s get this done,” John said.
“Well, I’ll need the device before I can destroy it,” Sam said. “If you’ll go get it from wherever you hid it…”
“You may as well come with me,” John said, after a moment's hesitation that he decided wasn't entirely rational. “I’d rather not handle the weird Ancient device we don’t understand any more than I have to. You don’t have the ATA gene, so you’re less likely to destroy all the Wraith in the galaxy by accident.”
Sam followed him up a transport chamber and several sets of stairs to the catwalks where he usually went running with Ronon. Above them, a tangled grid of struts and roof supports extended up into the shadows.
“It’s up there,” John said. He scrambled up onto the rail of the catwalk, and then hauled himself up the jungle gym of struts and poles until he could reach the ledge where he'd stashed the weapon in between a spare Wraith stunner and a box of C4.
The stunner and the C4 were both still there, still securely duct taped to the ledge. In between them, the web of duct tape had been slit neatly with a knife.
“What?” Sam called from the catwalk below.
“The weapon’s gone,” John said. “Somebody got here first."
- The fact that Daniel suggests McKay's confinement is odd given he was previously in the same position as a Prior of the Ori in “The Shroud”. It seems likely that the suggestion was allocated to him by the authors as a character unconnected to McKay.
- When discussing the alliance against Queen Death, Guide states that once Death is gone "all bets are off" with something like a laugh. This refers to the fact that he and Sheppard made the same agreement when they allied against the Genii in "Common Ground."
- The Ancient warship and Daedalus-class Battlecruiser depicted here has tractor beams used in assisted landing/retrieval of small objects into the landing bay. This is a new feature that was never mentioned or depicted on screen before.
- Throughout the novel characters express an opinion that Ancient devices rarely do what they’re supposed to without serious side effects, this is in fact untrue as discounting the Asurans as they have become sentient beings akin to Urgo, there are only three Ancient devices that fit that criteria: the Time loop machine, Project Arcturus and the Attero Device. In fact an Ancient device is a mark of quality, safety and durability as most of their technology can last for millions of years, for instance the Chair on Praclarush Taonas was 30 million years old and still functioned while the Milky Way Stargates are between 50 and 7 million years old and have not been maintained since.
- When Carter reflects on the coming fleet, its mentioned that there are four enemy hive ships coming. However, five are later shown: one is destroyed by Atlantis, two by Guide, one flees to hyperspace and the last, Queen Death's ship is captured.
- Zelenka claims that it would be impossible to simply destroy Atlantis despite the fact that overloading the ZPM could vaporise the entire planet (Stargate: Atlantis, “Critical Mass”) or discharging the ZPM at even 50% could take out the entire solar system. (SG1: "Zero Hour")
- When Mckay's Puddle Jumper was clipped by rail gun fire, it's cloak was still active while it's shield was down to 40%. As established in Grace Under Pressure, jumpers can only activate either the shield or the cloak at any one moment.
- Rail gun projectile were described as being shot out at superheated temperature then "cooling to black in absolute zero". Scientifically, because outer space is hard vacuum, heat lost can only occur through radiation; on Earth, heat is additionally lost to surrounding air molecule through conduction and convection besides radiation. Therefore, it is unlikely for glowing, superheated projectiles to cool to black between the short duration from firing to impact.
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