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SKY HORIZON

Brin, David.

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ISBN 10: 159606109X / ISBN 13: 9781596061095
Published by Subterranean Press., Burton, MI:, 2007
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HC in dust jacket. 1st Printing. One of 1500 numbered copies signed by Brin. Illustrated by Scott Hampton. A fine copy in a fine dust jacket. Bookseller Inventory # 19119

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Title: SKY HORIZON

Publisher: Subterranean Press., Burton, MI:

Publication Date: 2007

Edition: 1st edition

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"Some of the Math Club nerds have got a real live alien! They're hiding it in a basement rec room." High School junior Mark Bamford didn't believe the silly rumor. For one thing, California homes don't have basements. Besides. A stranded alien? Such a cliche. A movie rip-off. Couldn't the math geeks think up a better hoax? Only... was it a hoax? What about all those black vans from the super-secret Cirrocco Corp cruising all over town, as if searching for something? Time to do some investigating of his own. Only, who could he turn to for help? The skateboarding "X" crowd? The varsity climbing team? When it it came right down to it, should he turn to the least likely ally of them all? Sky Horizon explores a possibility that has always fascinated, since the days of Homer -- that of strangers from beyond -- and gives it new shape under the deft hand of one of science fiction's modern masters.

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Mark Bamford doesn't believe the rumors that the math club at Twenty-Nine Palms High School has an alien hidden in one of the members' homes—until he sees it himself. Mark knows that the alien needs government resources to survive and communicate, so he sacrifices his social life to inform government agents and the press, opening the big dialogue about first contact to the world. Fellow aliens, when they arrive to collect their stray, are hilariously rude and, to redress the debt they reluctantly acknowledge, transplant the high school to another planet to form a colony. They fail to explain this "gift," though, so those back on Earth believe the students have been disintegrated. Brin's punchy, fast-paced narrative, hampered slightly by asides on human nature and some lapses in the aliens' credibility, sets up the premise of a prospective series and leaves readers at a critical juncture. Scott Hampton's crisp black-and-white illustrations, printed at high contrast, pop from the page. In the afterword, Brin promises further Colony High adventures, to be coauthored by Jeff Carlson. Hutley, Krista
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