***This Book has been re-edited***
At the center is the human homeworlds, a three planetary system where humans were born. All throughout the galaxy are colonies of humans, only a handful knows they are not alone. Earth, will have first contact with other humans and slowly learn of its role in the community. The homeworlds are in decline, completely dependent on machines and overrun by excesses of sex and drugs. Their society has become stagnant, slowly dying. The people of Earth are “FreeFormed”, they are allowed to freely develop and no other colony is like them because emotions are feared, but Earth is the key to humanity’s survival.
Now, a mortal enemy has invaded another human colony and must be confronted. These strange humanoid creatures are after the homeworlds, but why? They bring with them an horrific truth and the fate of our universe is uncertain.
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About the Author
Joe Vizanko (1966 to ?) Born in Dodgeville Wisconsin but grew up on the West Coast, An Engineer in California's Silicon Valley, A veteran of the armed services and now an aspiring writer.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed the twist on first contact and my favorite a built in understanding of English among the different human groups. Cons: too many errors with grammar spelling and the over explanation to get more pages than necessary. I recommend this book as a good quick read.
First question - would someone from “outer space” actually randomly tell a person that he is going to prove to you he is “from outer space?” Sorry, that kinda bugged me. Anyway, FreeFormed Hybrids, by Joe Vizanko, starts out with an introduction of a humanoid alien, Joe, announcing his presence to his work buddy, Steve, via Mars rover. What begins as an assumption of first contact spins into a story about where we came from, why English is understood on most of the other human colonies, and how our brains got their double lobe. Most fascinating is that most other humans are “dampened” whereas Earthlings are “freeformed,” meaning our emotional centers have evolved into the fun-loving but highly volatile creatures we are today. Other humans have been altered because of the fear of emotion by our creators. Interestingly, dampened humans are not as intelligent as the average free-formed human, putting Earth at a distinct advantage by this point in our evolution. Rather than encountering a group of highly intelligent but emotionless aliens bent on conquering us, they need our help, which I thought was a nice twist on your usual takeover the planet sci-fi scenario. I really enjoyed the plot of this book, but some of the grammar/editing mistakes made me annoyed, as they were not constant but present enough to be distracting. However if you are fan of sci-fi this will really catch your attention and looking forward to the rest of the series, particularly what happens to Earth’s position in the universe.
“FreeFormed Hybrids” is an entertaining science fiction novel that’s vaguely apocalyptic and brings up a frightening concept—what if the aliens were human, but humans who had progressed so far in technology that Earth humans don’t stand much of a chance? When Steve’s friend Joe tells him he’s from outer space, at first Steve scoffs—until Joe proves it with a stunt involving a Mars rover. Soon, Joe is meeting with the President of the United States and taking a select group of Earth humans to a monitoring outpost—it turns out there are colonies of humans all over the galaxy, with the homeworlds observing and playing puppeteer. However, the humans there are slowly giving into dissolution, and darker secrets lie beyond the initial dazzle of the homeworlds. I don’t think the description on Amazon does this book justice—I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to others. It’s light science fiction, using technology and space travel and aliens without getting too technical, and it’s actually thought-provoking (which most science fiction aims to be, and few such books achieve). Steve, as the everyman observer character, is a calm and steady with a good moral compass, an excellent foil to Joe, whose affability hides a core that’s less than upstanding. There’s a bit of romance, a lot of suspense, and a rich array of themes, including what makes us human and what takes that humanity away. “FreeFormed Hybrids” is also well-written and grabbed my interest enough that I would read the second book in the series when it comes out. Recommended to readers who enjoy thoughtful science fiction with a unique premise and plot, especially one that’s darker than it first appears (in fact, it reminded me a bit of movies like “Logan’s Run” in tone).