Second Contact

Second Contact

by Mike Resnick
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Second Contact by Mike Resnick

It looked like a no-brainer to defense attorney Major Maxwell Becker. A starship captain has gone a little crazy and killed two of his crewmen in cold blood. Just plead insanity, make sure they give his client a nice, comfortable, padded cell, and go skiing at Aspen.

But the captain refuses to cop an insanity plea. He insists that the two crew members he killed were not humans, but aliens. That's his story, and he's sticking by it. So Becker reluctantly goes through the motions of trying to prove his case—

—and suddenly his witnesses start getting transferred or disappearing, and when he finally finds one he realizes there are holes in his story… and suddenly Becker is running for his life, hunted by every branch of the military. He can't figure it out: he's a loyal officer, he's just doing his job as a military attorney, he's never broken a law, there are no aliens: so why does everybody want him dead?

Join Hugo- and Nebula-winning author Mike Resnick as he chronicles Becker's desperate attempt to learn the only thing that can save him: the truth.

"Few stories move any faster or capture the reader any more completely than does Second Contact." —Comic Buyers' Guide

"Veteran readers of science fiction are pretty hard to surprise, but Resnick's denoument in Second Contact is an almost-guaranteed eyebrow-lifter." —Cincinnati Post

"Resnick weaves a tight and well-paced SF murder mystery with a pleasingly logical yet unexpected resolution." —Publisher's Weekly

"Second Contact is one of those books you keep telling yourself you'll only read a portion of at a time, and then finish in a single sitting." —Science Fiction Chronicle

"Resnick is thought-provoking, imaginative, and above all, galactically grand." —Los Angeles Times

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604599442
Publisher: Wilder Publications
Publication date: 08/24/2010
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.51(d)

About the Author

Mike Resnick (1942) is an American science fiction author. He has the distinction of being nominated for 37 Hugo Awards, mostly in the category of "short stories", more than any other author. He was also executive editor of the online science fiction magazine Jim Baen's Universe. He is the father of award winning science fiction author Laura Resnick.

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