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Anomaly [Kindle Edition]

Peter Cawdron
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (225 customer reviews)

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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: 539 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: #8,594 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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20 of 20 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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45 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Concept December 27, 2011
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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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51 of 62 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Be challenged - read Anomaly... October 15, 2011
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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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8 of 8 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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75 of 98 people found the following review helpful
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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31 of 39 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 He makes Dan Brown look like a good writer
As others stated, the overall idea of the book was interesting-- that's why I read it. People also justify their high rating because of its price, which is silly because many... Read more
Published 1 day ago by gamer
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally!
An optimistic novel of the nature of the Universe. Left me with a good feeling inside in the midst of this troubled planet Earth.
Published 2 days ago by CarlaVS
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to read though
Sci-Fi that makes you think a bit. Easy to read though. Not a shoot-em-up for a change.
Published 2 days ago by V. L.
4.0 out of 5 stars Anomaly -- Science Fiction that Respects Science
It was great to read a book that put the science back into science fiction. The way the protagonists gradually begin to interact with the anomaly makes sense and avoids glazing... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Paul Wedel
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Well written and a great way to introduce older teens (and a helluva lot of adults, too) to physics. Read more
Published 4 days ago by K. M. Valentini
4.0 out of 5 stars I did not know what was coming next. Its ...
I did not know what was coming next. Its a different view of alien intelligence that I have not thought of before.
Published 4 days ago by steve
4.0 out of 5 stars Smart
Educated and humorous. A delight and a treasure. Write some more, please. The best of his books so far. 1
Published 5 days ago by Shootability
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Thoughtful, inspirational and above all; very readable entertaining. Get it, read it, enjoy it. One of the few non-violent SF stories available.
Published 7 days ago by Richard Rockwell
3.0 out of 5 stars The novel starts with great energy and moves with a nice pace
The novel starts with great energy and moves with a nice pace, But then it feels like the author got bored of the story and just wanted to get it finished. Read more
Published 8 days ago by KevBelton
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concepts, likable characters and relatively little...
A very enjoyable book with interesting insights into what could arise in the event of an eventual 'first contact' situation. Read more
Published 8 days ago by johninitaly
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More About the Author

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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