First Contact, or, It's Later Than You Think
  • First Contact, or, It's Later Than You Think
  • First Contact, or, It's Later Than You Think

First Contact, or, It's Later Than You Think

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by Evan Mandery
     
 

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A satirical joyride in the tradition of Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams, First Contact introduces us to the hyper-intelligent Rigelians, who admire Woody Allen movies and Bundt cake, and who urge the people of Earth to mend their ways to avoid destruction of their planet. But the president of the United States, a God-fearing, science-doubting fitness fanatic, is

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A satirical joyride in the tradition of Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams, First Contact introduces us to the hyper-intelligent Rigelians, who admire Woody Allen movies and Bundt cake, and who urge the people of Earth to mend their ways to avoid destruction of their planet. But the president of the United States, a God-fearing, science-doubting fitness fanatic, is skeptical of the evidence presented to him and sets in motion a chain of events that will change the lives of his young attaché, an alien scam artist, several raccoons, and a scientist who has predicted the end of the universe. Parrot sketch excluded.

Editorial Reviews

Tim Dorsey
“First Contact was love at first sight! What a hilarious ride - the uber surreal meets The Daily Show. I’m now staring at the cosmic calendar waiting for Mandery’s next contact.”
G. Xavier Robillard
“Very funny... Mandery’s gleefully chaotic narrative packs just the right punch as he weaves in heady inter-galactic topics of censorship, physics, and, yes, the PTA.”
Publishers Weekly
An alien invasion turns the United States, if not the world, upside down in this smart, witty romp—but not in the ways that extraterrestrial enthusiasts might expect. Ralph Bailey is working as a sandwich-fetching attaché to an inept president who assigns him to act as a liaison to the recently arrived aliens. As one of the few White House employees who seems to understand the Woody Allen–obsessed, generally laid-back visitors, Ralph begins to interrogate his existential angst: “I think everything has happened before,” he says to his girlfriend, Jessica Love (it's that kind of book), “...every grief has been endured, every idea has been explored, every joke has been told.” And in Mandery's world, it's certainly the truth. As we meet the intergalactic characters, we find that jokes, situations, prejudices, and even pets are the same no matter where you go. While coincidences add up and characters lives bleed into one another, Mandery's sharp sense of humor and habit of addressing the reader make for a stimulating and intelligent read that's never short on laughs. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Ralph Bailey, attaché to the President of the United States, has recently met his soul mate, found the perfect underwear for the President, and been appointed to establish diplomatic relations with the planet Rigel-Rigel. He is also 949th on the list of people who will succeed the President in case of a disaster. This hilarious scenario, complete with scenes of everyday life on Rigel-Rigel and ironic interjections from the narrator, works in service of the moral: it's later than you think, so do what makes your life most meaningful. Mandery's (Dreaming of Gwen Stefani) allegorical portraits of people, governments, life on other planets, and philosophy range from amusing to laugh-out-loud funny. VERDICT Recommended for those who enjoy comedic fiction.—Joanna M. Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island Libs., Providence

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061749773
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
01/26/2010
Pages:
267
Sales rank:
1,416,098
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.70(d)

What People are saying about this

G. Xavier Robillard
“Very funny... Mandery’s gleefully chaotic narrative packs just the right punch as he weaves in heady inter-galactic topics of censorship, physics, and, yes, the PTA.”
Tim Dorsey
“First Contact was love at first sight! What a hilarious ride - the uber surreal meets The Daily Show. I’m now staring at the cosmic calendar waiting for Mandery’s next contact.”

Meet the Author

Evan Mandery is a graduate of Harvard Law School, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, and the author of Dreaming of Gwen Stefani, First Contact, Q: A Novel, and two works of non-fiction.

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