Second Contact

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It looked like a no-brainer to defense attorney Major Maxwell Becker. A starship captain has gone a little crazy and killed two of his crewmen in cold blood. Just plead insanity, make sure they give his client a nice, comfortable, padded cell, and go skiing at Aspen.

But the captain refuses to cop an insanity plea. He insists that the two crew members he killed were not humans, but aliens. That's his story, and he's sticking by it. So Becker reluctantly goes through the motions ...

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Overview

It looked like a no-brainer to defense attorney Major Maxwell Becker. A starship captain has gone a little crazy and killed two of his crewmen in cold blood. Just plead insanity, make sure they give his client a nice, comfortable, padded cell, and go skiing at Aspen.

But the captain refuses to cop an insanity plea. He insists that the two crew members he killed were not humans, but aliens. That's his story, and he's sticking by it. So Becker reluctantly goes through the motions of trying to prove his case—

—and suddenly his witnesses start getting transferred or disappearing, and when he finally finds one he realizes there are holes in his story… and suddenly Becker is running for his life, hunted by every branch of the military. He can't figure it out: he's a loyal officer, he's just doing his job as a military attorney, he's never broken a law, there are no aliens: so why does everybody want him dead?

Join Hugo- and Nebula-winning author Mike Resnick as he chronicles Becker's desperate attempt to learn the only thing that can save him: the truth.

"Few stories move any faster or capture the reader any more completely than does Second Contact." —Comic Buyers' Guide

"Veteran readers of science fiction are pretty hard to surprise, but Resnick's denoument in Second Contact is an almost-guaranteed eyebrow-lifter." —Cincinnati Post

"Resnick weaves a tight and well-paced SF murder mystery with a pleasingly logical yet unexpected resolution." —Publisher's Weekly

"Second Contact is one of those books you keep telling yourself you'll only read a portion of at a time, and then finish in a single sitting." —Science Fiction Chronicle

"Resnick is thought-provoking, imaginative, and above all, galactically grand." —Los Angeles Times

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Editorial Reviews

Houston Post
"This is Mike Resnick's new and exciting slice of futuristic adventure...Resnick is one of the reigning masters of intelligent action yarns..."
New York Daily News
"Resnick is a deft storyteller...you'll love SECOND CONTACT."--
Cincinnati Enquirer
"Contact has rarely been presented more creatively that is has been by Mike Resnick in SECOND CONTACT."-
Publisher's Weekly
"Resnick weaves a tight and well-paced SF murder mystery with a pleasingly logical yet unexpected conclusion."
Comic Buyers Guide
"Few stories I can recall move any faster or capture the reader any more completely than does SECOND CONTACT. Combining Resnick's marvelously readable style with elements of sf, mystery and spy thriller, it keeps you racing from first page to last."
Don d'Ammassa
“A delightful blend of mystery and sf, with a couple of Resnick’s more memorable characters, it’s his most relentlessly gripping story line yet. One of those books you keep telling yourself you’ll only read a portion of at a time, and then finish in a single sitting.” – Science Fiction Chronicle
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“If you like computers, science fiction, or just a plain good read, then you’ll love Second Contact”
Faren Miller
“Taut and suspenseful, Second Contact resembles a good Cold War thriller.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604599442
  • Publisher: Wilder Publications
  • Publication date: 8/24/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Resnick is, according to Locus, the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short science fiction. He has won 5 Hugos plus other major awards in the USA, Japan, Spain, Poland, Croatia, and France, and has been short-listed for major awards in England, Italy and Australia. He is the author of 67 science fiction and fantasy novels, 250 stories, and 2 screenplays, and is the editor of 40 anthologies. His work has been translated into 25 languages.
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