Alien Contact

Alien Contact

by Marty Halpern

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Are we alone? From War of the Worlds to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, ET to Close Encounters, creators of science fiction have always eagerly speculated on just how the story of alien contact would play out. Editor Marty Halpern has gathered together some of the best stories of the last 30 years, by today's most exciting genre writers, weaving a tapestry that covers a broad range of scenarios: from the insidious, to the violent, to the transcendent.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781597803595
Publisher: Night Shade Books
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 739,736
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Marty Halpern is a two-time finalist for the World Fantasy Award–Professional for his work with Golden Gryphon Press. His career with GGP began in 1999, and in the next 7 years (while working a full-time, hightech job through half of those years), he edited 23½ hardcovers, 4 limited edition chapbooks, and 4 reprint trade paperbacks. The “½” hardcover is the original anthology The Silver Gryphon (marking the press’s twenty-fifth book in 2003), which he co-edited with publisher Gary Turner. Marty now freelances, working directly with authors to prepare their manuscripts for publication, as well as working primarily for independent publishers Night Shade Books and Tachyon Publications, for whom he has edited over 20 titles (and copyedited far too many more to count), and other publishers including Ace Books, Damnation Books (Realms of Fantasy magazine), and Morrigan Books UK. In addition to his work as an editor, Marty has written a series of columns entitled “The Perfect Sentence,” published in The Valley Scribe, the newsletter of the San Fernando Valley Chapter of the California Writers Club. And was a guest faculty at the 2004 East of Eden Writers Conference in Salinas, California. Marty Halpern currently resides in San Jose, California, and occasionally emerges from his inner sanctum to attend conventions. Blog “More Red Ink”:; SF Editors Wiki entry: sfeditorwatch. com/index.php/Marty_Halpern.

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Alien Contact 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fine collection, pretty much as diverse as you could get. Well worth it.
withspirit More than 1 year ago
I am completely enjoying this book! I covers the entire range of first contact situations, from benign aliens which make us look horrific ("The 43 Antarean Dynasties" and "Amanda and the Alien"), to aliens who make us look like innocent children ("Face Value" and "Swarm") to an in-between, unimaginable, difference where human understanding is impossible ("Sunday Night Yams at Minnie and Earl's" and "Recycling Strategies for the Inner City"). The editor, Marty Halpern, has done an amazing job of selecting stories for this anthology. Given how great these are, I would welcome a book of the second place stories!
Queengeek More than 1 year ago
Night Shade Books always does a good job with their anthologies, and this one is no exception. There's some great stuff in here. Just ignore the "ET meets CE3K" cover.
Bibliotropic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm not normally much for short story collections, but something about this book just spoke to me, so I couldn't resist taking the chance to read it, especially after seeing such a stellar (if you'll encuse the pun) list of contributing authors. Neil Gaiman, Ursula K LeGuin, Stephen King, and yet more. There's all kinds of talent evident in this collection, and I'll say right off the bat that this is a book that no sci-fi fan should really be without.The stories contained within the book's pages don't keep to one tone or theme beyond "there are aliens, and we know about it." There are stories about people accidentally running across extraterrestrials while on vacation, scientists meeting them for the first time, or cases far into the future where we've been collaborating with aliens for decades. The aliens themselves range from anything that we can recognise in a humanoid shape, which is sometimes disturbing enough, to completely unlike anything we've seen, where the aliens are more blobby insectoids with a hive mind. Sometimes, such as in Stephen King's tale, the aliens are not so much seperate entities as things that possess and twist humans into something new again. The variety here is rich and highly demonstrative of the varying degrees of creativity that can come when a dozen brilliant literary minds look at the same basic concept in a dozen different ways. Sometimes amusing, sometimes thought-provoking, sometimes deeply disturbing, always entertaining.The fun thing that I find about alien encounter stories is that they end up saying more about humanity than about any alien culture we can dream of. Whether it's displaying our own human arrogance about the universe and all within it, or displaying our sheer curiosity about what lies beyond us, all stories I've found that involve humans and some unknown sentient life form end up showcasing humanity in ways that a human-only cast of characters just couldn't. There's suddenly contrast, something to compare ourselves to, which brings out our innate traits in ways that are more difficult in other settings or stories. I find that more than a little fascinating.As I said previously, this is a book that no science fiction fan can afford to be without. I enjoyed every minute of reading this book, and considering my usual dislike for short story anthologies, I like to think that says a great deal about not just the writers or the editor, but the book as a whole, being more than the sum of its parts. When this one hits the shelves, don't wait to grab a copy for yourself. You won't be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
These short stories varied in readability and some had less than engaging story lines but the collection overall was entertaining.
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When I bought the book, I expected to like one or two of them, maybe three, and the rest would be filler. On the contrary, I liked every one of them, and am planning on going back to re-read several. It's hard to pick a favorite, so instead of that I'll just say that the only story that I saw the ending coming was "MAXO" but it's still a very well done and humorous story. I was also pleased that I had previously read only two of them; the editor did a good job in picking fresh material.
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pen21 More than 1 year ago
Alien Contact is a great collection of stories about alien contact. A variety of authors were chosen giving the book a wide range of views of contact (Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Ursula LeGuin). Great gift for any scifi reader.
Ravenscroft More than 1 year ago
Not to my taste, positively. After I painstakingly skimmed and limped through 4th story, I could say this book was a horrible choice. Things are on the subjective side of every story... do you ever did the mistake of watching those dummy shows such "ancient aliens" or "paranormal things" ? It's worse than that. I don't know what the collector was thinking about but this really sooks ! And now I am mad trying to find the button to "return it" !