Secret Matter [NOOK Book]

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Winner of a Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Science Fiction and bestselling novel, Secret Matter returns to print--and to Kindle--in a revised edition for the 21st century.

By Toby Johnson, author of Gay Perspective, ". . . a writer with a positive vision and a wonderful attitude" --Philadelphia Gay News

When human-like Visitors arrive in the skies, the mysteries begin. Where are they really from? Why have they come to Earth? What's the ...

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Overview

Winner of a Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men's Science Fiction and bestselling novel, Secret Matter returns to print--and to Kindle--in a revised edition for the 21st century.

By Toby Johnson, author of Gay Perspective, ". . . a writer with a positive vision and a wonderful attitude" --Philadelphia Gay News

When human-like Visitors arrive in the skies, the mysteries begin. Where are they really from? Why have they come to Earth? What's the secret they're protecting? And why is one of them apparently flirting with the young architect Kevin Anderson who's just moved to San Francisco to help in the rebuilding after the "Big One," the earthquake that destroyed the City.

Were the Visitors responsible? Or have they come to save the Earth from more such immense earthquakes & disasters? Enjoy discovering the "secrets."

BONUS with this edition:"Adam and Steve"--a whimsical tale by Toby Johnson about a profound insight.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011065040
  • Publisher: Lethe Press
  • Publication date: 6/2/2010
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 861,610
  • File size: 625 KB

Meet the Author

Former Catholic monk turned comparative religions scholar, psychotherapist, gay activist, bookseller, editor, author, B&B operator, Toby Johnson was a student and friend of Joseph Campbell, the renowned religions scholar. Johnson is author of some ten titles.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2003

    Enjoyable Read--A Lambda Literary Award Winner

    Kevin Anderson is moving along through his life, finishing up college, and getting ready to leave New York City for a prestigious internship in San Francisco when issues about his sexual orientation begin to bother him. His roommate, Tim, is gay, but Kevin has been so busy with school that he has purposely not given it much thought. When Tim confronts him, Kevin ends up feeling rather glad they are going different directions upon graduation. Kevin flies out to the West Coast for an internship with a company that is helping to rebuild after a giant earthquake. He couldn¿t be more excited. ####### And then the Visitors arrive. A race of oddly human-like space people touch down in several cities around the globe, including San Francisco, and nothing will ever be the same. Everyone around Kevin: his neighbors, his boss, new friends, and coworkers are profoundly affected by these new beings, especially when Kevin¿s company is given a contract to build a facility for them. By accident Kevin meets up with a Visitor named ¿Bel, and their connection blossoms into a friendship. But is ¿Bel so alien after all? And what¿s with the Visitors¿ periodic changes in skin color? They seem so human, albeit much larger, but they possess some odd characteristics, and they seem to be hiding something. Are they dangerous? What secrets do they carry, and where, exactly, are they from? ####### Before Kevin can get to the bottom of his questions, political disasters and miscommunications occur, and the Visitors are expelled. ¿Bel and his emissaries are very clear that certain actions on the part of the U.S. will have grave consequences upon his people and their world, but no one listens except Kevin, who has fallen for ¿Bel. Now the young man is on a mission to unravel the Visitors¿ secrets in order to prevent the death and destruction of Visitors and millions of Americans. ####### The secondary characters are critical in wrapping up the story and resolving the mystery of the Visitors. Very quickly the reader feels sympathy for Kevin and his struggle to deal with both his internalized homophobia and the new experiences that confront him. The book is a mystery, a coming out story, a sci-fi adventure, a romance, and an insightful twist on biblical themes and philosophical debates. Secret Matter is an enjoyable read most worthy of the Lambda Literary Award it won. ~Lori L. Lake, Midwest Book Review

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Superb

    Great book. Lot's of great characters. Good gay sci-fi.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2012

    Inovative

    Must read

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  • Posted July 4, 2012

    A pleasant read - I say "Go for it!"

    This is a pleasant “science fiction” novel that will of course, appeal to gay readers, but I would think, not exclusively. It involves a visit to earth by gay aliens – “gayliens” if you will – who have an appealing and surprising, altruistic purpose for their visit. The central characters – a young male architect and a young male alien provide a romantic background to the science fiction aspects of the novel. It has characters to admire, characters to "hiss" and at least one character who redeems himself! I enjoyed reading it and I say, “Go for it!” The work has been updated recently by the author to reflect more current viewpoints in space technology.

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  • Posted May 18, 2009

    good, easy reading

    This is a decent "what if" novel, but not as hard core, descriptive as I would have liked. But it's still a good, easy read for something to think about and for just getting away.

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