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In the near future, over thirty black alien ships carrying a race called the Wannoshay crash-land across midwestern America and southern Canada.

At first, humans and aliens attempt integration, but it's a hard future plagued with terrorism, violence, suicide cults, and designer drugs. When mysterious explosions at factories employing the aliens are blamed on the Wannoshay, they are forcibly transferred to internment camps. Soon the aliens begin to succumb to a strange disease ...

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In the near future, over thirty black alien ships carrying a race called the Wannoshay crash-land across midwestern America and southern Canada.

At first, humans and aliens attempt integration, but it's a hard future plagued with terrorism, violence, suicide cults, and designer drugs. When mysterious explosions at factories employing the aliens are blamed on the Wannoshay, they are forcibly transferred to internment camps. Soon the aliens begin to succumb to a strange disease called "soul curdling" and the sickness seems to be spreading...to humans!

An unlikely group of humans, with even more unlikely connections with the Wannoshay, travel to the alien mother ship in hopes of alleviating the Wannoshay's plight, and to learn the secrets of the strange, interstellar visitors.

Secrets are powerful things, and decisions must then be made. But decisions are not easy when it comes to the Wannoshay and their human hosts.

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During a blizzard, a number of alien ships crash-land in the frozen lands of America's Midwest and southern Canada. Father Joshua spearheads the attempt to integrate the survivors, named the Wannoshay by their hosts. When an unexplained series of explosions occurs, however, the new arrivals are blamed and interned in camps. There, they sicken-and soon humans fall ill as well. Jasper's first novel (he has previously published short fiction) makes important points about the current treatment of immigrant populations while telling a story of sacrifice and courage that belongs in larger libraries.


—Jackie Cassada
SF Site - Sherwood Smith
The Wannoshay Cycle is a strong, absorbing book, well balanced between the real and the fantastic. I believe it works not just for genre readers, but it also would make an excellent introduction for mainstream readers curious about the genre of science fiction.
SF Signal - Scott Shaffer
One of the best books I have read in the last 12 months, Jasper has produced a book that brings it all together - engaging story, realistic characters, and something that will stay with you after you have read it.
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Meet the Author

Michael Jasper is a graduate of the Clarion Writers Workshop and the North Carolina State Creative Writing Program. He lives in North Carolina with his wife and two sons. He's the author of the rural fantasy novel A Gathering of Doorways, and the short story collection Gunning for the Buddha. His fiction has appeared in such venues as Asimov's SF, Strange Horizons, Writers of the Future, O. Henry Festival Stories, and The Raleigh News & Observer.
His website is at www.michaeljasper.net.
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    They came from a dying world whose sun was being extinguished and until they could find another planet to sustain them, they dug tunnels with their claws and lived underground. Finally astronomers found earth the Mother Ship and a flotilla head for specific landing sites but they lose contact with the main ship and land in the Midwest and Canada. In a country fearful of illegal aliens and terrorists, the outer space aliens are met with trepidation.---------------- The government tries to integrate them into mainstream society using them as cheap labor but when two explosions attributed to the aliens occur they are moved into internment camps and labor farms. The aliens are ill from drug addiction and a ¿soul sickness¿ that drives them to kill and if something is not done it could spread to humans. A group of sympathetic humans travel to the Mother Ship in Iowa City in hopes they can do something to help the Wannoshay and give them a chance to heal and have a good life.-------------- If readers see the way the aliens are treated similar to the way Hitler treated the Jews and slave owners treated the slaves, the author has gotten his point across. The aliens are very different than humans with claws for hands to dig and tentacles instead of hair and people fear those that are different. Many people rise above their instinctual fears and go out of their way to help, as everyday people show heart, compassion, and the ability to see that accepting differences is good for everyone. Michael Jasper has written an enthralling encounter of the third kind.--------------- Harriet Klausner

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