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Anomaly [Kindle Edition]

Peter Cawdron
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Book Description

Anomaly examines the prospect of an alien intelligence discovering life on Earth. The technological gulf between mankind and the alien species is measured in terms of millions of years. The only way to communicate is using science, but not everyone is so patient.

Mankind's first contact with an alien intelligence is far more radical than anyone has ever dared imagine. With a technological gap of millions of years, mankind is barely able to recognise the arrival of an alien space craft outside the gates of the United Nations in New York.

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Editorial Reviews


I loved that Anomaly was so different from other books I've read. It was truly original and fresh. The writing was tight and compact and I was especially intrigued by how the world as a whole reacted to the discovery of Earth by an alien intelligence that was patient enough to wait for us to learn about it. It was a smart book, rather than an action novel and I found it really difficult to put down. If you enjoy intelligent, fresh, speculative science fiction that makes you think, this book is for you!

Independent book review - TJ Hapney 

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Anomaly is a return to the non-violent, intelligent heroes of yesteryear 

Product Details

  • File Size: 507 KB
  • Print Length: 300 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Peter Cawdron at Smashwords (September 20, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OJF0ZC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,325 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining, rather sound science October 19, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
"Anomaly" is the first e-novel that I read, and I loved it! I am not a very "literary" person, but I am a professional scientist. I loved the way chemistry was integrated in the plot, and I think that the little bit of the biology that it touched upon (I was left wanting more biology) was brilliantly used. I do not want to give details away, but let's just say that scientifically speaking, chemistry will be pretty much the same wherever we look in the universe. Biology, on the other hand, may be fundamentally different in other parts of the universe. I hope the author keeps writing, good job!
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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Concept December 27, 2011
By DeJ
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I don't know StudioDude's occupation, but I *am* an English/Lit teacher and found Cawdron's writing better than 12th grade endeavors. Okay, the author has a way to go before he's up to the level of Michael Crichton or Iain Banks, but I enjoyed the philosophy behind the story. Anyone who has read some of my other reviews knows that I am not particularly kind. I generally expect much for my 99 cents.

The use of an elementary teacher stretched the bands of credibility, and, I confess, I was worried about the inclusion of Susan into the story at the beginning. I had visions of "Susan makes friends with the giant" scenarios. Thankfully, that didn't take place. David Teller could have been a bit more "educated" perhaps. I don't know the requirements to teach in New York, but a degree in Early Childhood Development is not the primary (no pun intended) degree that most K-12 teachers obtain. Perhaps a high school teacher (or community college instructor) would have made his place in the story a little more believable; however, since most high school and CC teachers I know tend to grow cynical, Teller's inherent kindness and native curiousness is perhaps well suited to our younger scholars.

The discussion at the interfaith meeting was too stereotypical--right down to the "southern evangelical minister" with his "southern accent" and hysterical ranting. If Cawdron really wanted to add realism to this discussion, he would have broken that particular mold. I don't envision Billy Graham going off the deep end, for example. In fact, the stereotyping seemed to cover the entire religious spectrum, and that was annoying. I hope that in future revisions/editions of this story, Cawdron will work on that further.
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52 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Be challenged - read Anomaly... October 15, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Science, politics, religion are global concerns. How do we deal with these on a personal level? How do governments deal with these matters? Anomaly is science fiction: a visitor from outside earth starts to mess around with the status-quo and people begin to react. Personally, I don't understand most of the science discussed in Anomaly and I'm fairly skeptical about alien invasions. However, from the first page to the last this well-paced, easy-to-read, conversational-style adventure held my attention. It explores questions of scientific knowledge, political and religious differences; and humility. What do we do with all that we know? Would a visitor from space be impressed or disgusted with our behavior? Have a little think - read Anomaly!
Please note: I know this writer personally.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read November 26, 2011
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Author compares this work to Carl Sagan's "Contact" & I think it's a valid comparison. Good, tight writing style - you'll find it hard to put down. If anything, the ride is over too soon. I'm motivated to find & purchase something else by this author. Here is 99 cents you won't regret spending.
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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not just juvenile: actually puerile November 13, 2011
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The idea that this story presents is not terrible, and the author gets credit for his nod to Carl Sagan. However, the paper-thin and sickeningly sweet characterizations of the noble schoolteacher who shows NASA and the entire world the way, the gruff leader, the sensitive reporter... it was too much. I did finish the book, and it did keep me engaged, but really just because it was so mercifully short.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Read like a high school fanfic piece November 22, 2011
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I got the impression from the very beginning of this book that the author had just added some dialog to his high school fan fiction musings after seeing Contact. The character development consists of telling the reader a bunch of really pious thoughts and observations of and by the characters themselves. The backdrop of the story is described as if the author was looking at an atlas map of NYC; there's no real "mass" to the scenes that are set. Add to that a very silly premise that some tiny team of scientists would adopt a reporter and elementary school teacher to research something as phenomenal as first contact with an alien intelligence and you've got a pretty thin and disappointing story.

This is the sort of book that could probably be made good with a good editor who could tell the author how ineffective his narrative would be in its current form. I've read many books that have made me question whether to finish them at the halfway point because it seemed to be going nowhere, only to find at the end that the whole thing has come back around and blown me away. I was HOPING that would be the case here. Sadly, I finished this book and wondered why I had wasted my precious reading time on it. 99 cents, not a big deal. Time I could have spent reading something that DIDN'T seem like it was written in the 45 minutes before it had to be turned in for a grade in 12th grade english/lit class? Yeah, I wish I'd read something else.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing.
This book was a masterpiece. I started in the morning and didn't put it down until I was finished. The only thing I will say is that if you love intelligent, well written scifi... Read more
Published 7 days ago by David Merrow
3.0 out of 5 stars I just felt that something, some next step, was left unfulfilled. I'd...
Entertaining but felt unfinished
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4.0 out of 5 stars A fresh look at First Contact
I'm not sure an average civilian couple would really be allowed by the military to stay as close to an event like this story, especially if one is a reporter. Read more
Published 26 days ago by David T Stark
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read
The ONLY reason I gave this book 4 stars and not 5 is that it ended all too quickly for me.
The characters were sympathetically crafted and the action and plot points were... Read more
Published 1 month ago by yodanz
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep thinking speculation ... I love it
Mr. Cameron caught my interest in the first pages. I was enthralled, start to end. How the main characters are an elementary teacher and a real journalist was intriguing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Richard J Gresham
4.0 out of 5 stars My Interest was Piqued, not Peaked
Enjoyed this simple little journey into the wondering of science.
Published 1 month ago by Subarachi
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty well done
Well written story. Enjoyed it. Author could stand some training in firearms terminology and World War II but most wouldn't notice. Read more
Published 1 month ago by a b smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Sci-Fi reader recommends this
A thoroughly enjoyable read. Refreshing, not only in the plot direction taken but the quality of writing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lu
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read. A little slow at first and the ...
Good read. A little slow at first and the ending lacked excitement but enjoyed the concepts introduced. I also didn't feel like there was enough character development.
Published 1 month ago by Mr. E
3.0 out of 5 stars Predictable end cost it a star.
An enjoyable read until the very end when it became predictable, having been done before by...(sorry, no spoilers). The author acknowledges this in the credits at the end. Read more
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Peter is an Australian science fiction writer, specialising in hard science fiction.

Hard science fiction is a misnomer as far as categories of literature go, as it sounds harsh and difficult to understand, but that is far from reality. Hard science fiction is simply plausible science fiction, fiction that is written in such a way as it conforms to the known laws of science, and that makes it more interesting, as there's no magic wand the protagonist can wave to get out of trouble. Peter's forays into hard science fiction could best be described as informative science fiction or enjoyable science fiction.

Peter is a fan of such classic science fiction writers as Philip K. Dick, Arthur C. Clarke and Michael Crichton and their influence on his style and story lines is readily apparent. You can follow Peter on Facebook or Twitter or find him posting some interesting tibit on his blog

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