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.
Alien Contactby Marty Halpern
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… See more details below
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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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A fine collection, pretty much as diverse as you could get. Well worth it.
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!
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.
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.