It's like GL has run out of ideas for new characters, and is just rehashing the old ones.
How else can you explain that in a galaxy of a billion billion sentient spacefaring lifeforms, EVERYTHING important happens to revolve around the same couple of dozen characters. It's like they all live in the same tiny, isolated wilderness town somewhere.
But the same thing has happened to many other epic tales... The Dune series for one. They kept cloning and resurrecting the important folks from the early books.
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