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WHAT DO HUMANS AND SPACE ALIENS HAVE IN COMMON? AND WHY DOES THE FATE OF GALACTIC CIVILIZATION DEPEND UPON THE ANSWER? It is a vast conspiracy -- and you hold THE TRUTH in your hand. Read it -- if you dare! "Well, hot damn! Tom Easton has made science fiction fun again! Every science fiction writer has one story like this buried deep within him. Tom's just tiptoed out, and we all ought to be thankful for it." ?
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Set in a near-future America where outer-space aliens are just another fact of life, Easton's (Alien Resonance) latest SF novel wanders uneasily between satire and seriousness. Several decades earlier, six starships, each bearing a different alien race, showed up in the skies of Earth. In the years since, the aliens have basically played tourist, buying our technology and consumer goods, auditing university classes, but giving humanity little in return. Anthropologist Gabriel Croxford has never had anything to do with the visitors from outer space, so he's somewhat taken aback when two different aliens offer him large grants to pursue seemingly innocuous research projects. He's even more upset when the alien whose offer he's turned down apparently firebombs his office and then kidnaps his teaching assistant. To make matters worse, Croxford's wife, who has been delving into repressed memories of early childhood sexual abuse, suddenly decides that she's been raped by aliens. Then, when Croxford asks for evidence, she demands a divorce. Badgering by both traditional flying saucer fanatics and, worst of all, tabloid journalists, is the last straw for our hero. Though Easton's variation on the traditional "aliens among us" theme shows some originality, a rather ruminative and detached protagonist, flat secondary characters and less-than-compelling aliens don't make for much excitement. The abrupt ending leaves little decided or explained.
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Book Description Wildside Press, 2002. Hardcover. Condition: Used: Good. Seller Inventory # SONG1587157004