Presenting eleven entertaining and thought-provoking tales of alien encounters—some serious, some whimsical, some that end well for those involved, others, not so much.
Fair Trade: Earth’s first trade delegation to the Taurans threatens to fall a little short of expectations.
We Have a Winner: The junior member of a first contact mission to Earth is increasingly dubious of the choices their experts have made.
Tasty Morsel: A moon-sized creature sets its sights on its next meal.
The Probe: A young man wakes to find himself in an extremely compromising position.
Clean Up Crew: A rookie lab technician is held responsible for a mess of her own making.
Reg: An unexceptional man stumbles across an exceptional secret that plunges him headlong into events he appears uniquely ill-equipped to handle.
The Return: An alien abductee returns home to his family.
Executive Decision: The Presidential Cabinet is sequestered to consider the most important decision they will ever have to make.
First Impressions: A father and son team struggles to understand why their first contact mission has gone so badly wrong.
The Reality Machine: A brilliant, but eccentric scientist is keen to demonstrate that nothing about the Universe is as it seems.
Out of Joint: The crew of a four-thousand-year interstellar lifeboat mission is forced to adapt to changing circumstances.
About the Author
Mike's first book, First Contact: Alien Encounters, is a collection of short stories about a particular interest of his--the possibility of making contact with alien civilizations. His other interests include volleyball, golf, cricket, astronomy, movies, web development, and discussing and debating issues concerning the future of science, politics, and humankind.