The Last Thing They Expected was First Contact!
It’s long ago been settled that humanity is all alone in the universe. All the centuries of searches for extra-terrestrial intelligence have turned up exactly nothing. And when humanity’s first and only colony in another star system was recently invaded, it was by unwanted human interlopers from Earth. They call themselves The Fruitful, and are sure that God himself is guiding them. The new arrivals caused trouble enough that many of the original settlers packed up and moved elsewhere on the planet—only to discover some very alarming signs that they aren’t quite so alone as they thought.
Phil Bertrand and Hazel Castagna had striven for years to reach and settle their new world, but they found themselves on different sides when the Fruitful arrived and forced hard choices on everyone. Now, without quite intending it, they have become allies again, somewhat reluctant leaders of a group that must find a way to protect humans from aliens —and, perhaps, aliens from humans. But exactly who—and what—are the aliens?
Thrilling science fiction adventure by Dr, Stanley Schmidt, long-time editor of Analog Magazine
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About the Author
Since 1978, as editor of Analog Science Fiction and Fact, he was nominated 34 times for the Hugo award for Best Professional Editor, and won in 2013 for Best Editor, Short Form. He is or has been a member of the Board of Advisers for the National Space Society and the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, and has been an invited speaker at national meetings of those organizations, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the American Association of Physics Teachers, as well as numerous museums and universities. In his writing and editing he draws on a varied background including extensive experience as a musician, photographer, traveler, naturalist, outdoorsman, pilot, and linguist. Most of these influences have left traces in his six novels and short fiction. His nonfiction includes the book Aliens and Alien Societies: A Writer's Guide to Creating Extraterrestrial Life-Forms, and The Coming Convergence: The Surprising Ways Diverse Technologies Interact to Shape Our World and Change the Future, and hundreds of Analog editorials, some of them collected in Which Way to the Future? He was Guest of Honor at BucConeer, the 1998 World Science Fiction Convention in Baltimore, and has been a Nebula and Hugo award nominee for his fiction.
In September 2012, he retired from editing Analog (after a longer run than any previous editor, including John W. Campbell), and now is doing more of his own writing, as well as many of the other things mentioned above.