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Are we alone? From War of the Worlds to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, ET to Close Encounters, creators of science fiction have always eagerly speculated on just how the story of alien contact would play out. Editor Marty Halpern has gathered together some of the best stories of the last 30 years, by today's most exciting genre writers, weaving a tapestry that covers a broad range of scenarios: from the insidious, to the violent, to the transcendent.
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Overview


Are we alone? From War of the Worlds to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, ET to Close Encounters, creators of science fiction have always eagerly speculated on just how the story of alien contact would play out. Editor Marty Halpern has gathered together some of the best stories of the last 30 years, by today's most exciting genre writers, weaving a tapestry that covers a broad range of scenarios: from the insidious, to the violent, to the transcendent.
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There is something about the silence of infinite space that just makes us listen more closely for alien sounds. Editor Marty Halpern has tapped our sensitivity about these ultimate strangers by soliciting the talents of such luminaries as Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Orson Scott Card, Ursula Le Guin, Harry Turtledove, and Cory Doctorow to tell stories of uninvited body snatchers and warriors from other worlds. Welcome visitations.

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From Pat McAuley's lyrically somber tale of zombielike aliens ("The Thought War") to Stephen Baxter's story of the last alien message to Earth ("Last Contact"), the 26 tales collected here demonstrate both the variety of alien-contact literature and the enduring popularity of this sf subgenre. VERDICT With strong stories from Neil Gaiman, Orson Scott Card, Mike Resnick, Pat Murphy, and other sf luminaries, this is a choice volume for sf fans and a good introduction to extraterrestial encounter stories.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781597802819
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books
  • Publication date: 11/1/2011
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 772,790
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.60 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2012

    Worth it just for the yams!

    A fine collection, pretty much as diverse as you could get. Well worth it.

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  • Posted April 1, 2012

    What if - you met an alien...

    I am completely enjoying this book! I covers the entire range of first contact situations, from benign aliens which make us look horrific ("The 43 Antarean Dynasties" and "Amanda and the Alien"), to aliens who make us look like innocent children ("Face Value" and "Swarm") to an in-between, unimaginable, difference where human understanding is impossible ("Sunday Night Yams at Minnie and Earl's" and "Recycling Strategies for the Inner City").
    The editor, Marty Halpern, has done an amazing job of selecting stories for this anthology. Given how great these are, I would welcome a book of the second place stories!

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  • Posted January 11, 2012

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    Awful Cover. But great stories.

    Night Shade Books always does a good job with their anthologies, and this one is no exception. There's some great stuff in here. Just ignore the "ET meets CE3K" cover.

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  • Posted September 5, 2011

    Excellent Collection

    Alien Contact is a great collection of stories about alien contact. A variety of authors were chosen giving the book a wide range of views of contact (Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Ursula LeGuin). Great gift for any scifi reader.

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