Alien Contact

Alien Contact

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by Marty Halpern, Stephen Baxter, Karen Joy Fowler, Elizabeth Moon
     
 

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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

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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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Library Journal
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781597802819
Publisher:
Night Shade Books
Publication date:
11/01/2011
Pages:
400
Sales rank:
632,215
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.60(d)

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Alien Contact 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fine collection, pretty much as diverse as you could get. Well worth it.
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withspirit More than 1 year ago
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!
Queengeek More than 1 year ago
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.
pen21 More than 1 year ago
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.