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Sheri S. Tepper's The Visitor takes place on Earth centuries after an asteroid has turned the planet into a wasteland. Sure it sounds familiar, it's been done countless times before, but this is so much more than an end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it novel. As usual with all Tepper stories, this is packed with deep, consciousness-raising material. After reading The Visitor, you will never look at religion, spirituality, or prayer the same way again.
Before the mysterious asteroid hits Earth, a group of scientists hide in impregnable shelters deep underground and goes into suspended animation. Centuries later, the scientists awaken and try to offer guidance to their descendants in the form of the mythical Guardian Council.
Tepper continues to amaze me with her work. Her writing is so vivid and fluid it's almost poetic, yet at the same time philosophical and thought provoking. And if you enjoy this novel -- which I'm sure you will -- I highly recommend her earlier works Raising the Stones, Gibbon's Decline and Fall, and The Family Tree. (Paul Goat Allen)