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I tend to stroll blithely into strange situations and take adolescent pride in surviving them. Some of my favorites: jumping from an airplane (recommended), jumping from a moving train in Hungary (not recommended), getting lost in the Spice Bazaar in Istanbul, and being locked in a dining car on a midnight train through the Carpathians; and winning a heated argument over the schematics of the Battlestar Galactica.
These days, I spend a lot of time in pajamas and--for reasons too complicated to explain--I am no longer shocked to find wildlife in my house. For me, everything is a story and the story is everything. Getting to tell my stories? Greatest thing ever.
Top Customer Reviews
Redling's second novel, and first out-and-out science fiction, blatantly combines elements of Octavia Butler's "Lilith's Brood" with Isaac Asimov's "Nightfall" to create a cerebral journey sci-fi devotees will find comfortably familiar, yet engrossingly new. Redling keeps focus on the scientific aspects of first contact--language and cultural barriers, incompatible technology, finding food--without ever losing pace or bogging down in jargon and effluvia.
Linguist Meg Dupris feels like an alien on a ship full of engineers and scientists. Where her five colleagues deal with empirical precision and absolutes, her discipline relies on guesswork, delicate balances, and false cognates. But on the surface, her affinity for the fuzziness of language and culture makes her indispensable. Sadly, it just doesn't make her any more liked.
Loul Pell has been seconded to peon work since his thesis on how to handle First Contact got him laughed out of respected public service. But when the tall, lithe humans land on his planet, he accidentally finds himself between them and the trigger-happy generals who stand completely unprepared for interspecies dialog. Only Loul and Meg have the kind of thinking required for something as imprecise as First Contact.
Where many writers skip past such mundane details as language and technology, Redling revels in such specialized detail.Read more ›
They land on a planet in eternal daylight with humans far different from them in appearance and no experience with space travel. Meg, the linguist must somehow succeed in communicating and setting up an understanding with the inhabitants.
As the storyline continues, one becomes astounded at how realistic and believable everything has been explained...the voyage, the reasons for it, how extreme fundamentalists on earth killed thousands at the news that humanity was not unique - thus giving the support for this voyage of discovery. Their mission is to go from planet to planet until they do discover another human race or run out of resources.
One can't help but think, as you read this - this is the way it would happen, the dialogue, the actions, the thoughts and emotions. This is not an action packed science fiction novel. It is meticulous in its step by step movements. The value of language in understanding and overcoming fear and misunderstandings is emphasized. The obvious physical differences of the different humans and their planet are explored as well as their society and superstitions.Read more ›
"Damocles" starts with the well-clichéd scene of a spaceship's inhabitants reviving from a "deep sleep" to explore a promising new world. Damocles (the ship) had set out after Meg, a linguist, deciphered a message from deep space claiming that an ancient race had seeded humans in other locations. Its mission was to find proof that other human civilizations existed. Sure enough, it found one, though those humans were just a little different from themselves. Their plan to carefully study the inhabitants from orbit was hastily revised when a malfunction in the Chelyan crystal (used for propulsion) forced everyone but the engineer to evacuate the ship, land on the planet, and hope for successful repairs. In the meantime, they had to establish communication with the natives, overcome their mutual fears and suspicions, and try to forge a bond of trust and friendship.
Sounds good, right? The downside is, most of the book consists of Meg trying to build a vocabulary so she can communicate with her counterpart, Loul. This leads to dialogue like: "Meg talk Loul. Questions. Questions Meg talk Loul." How much of that do you think you can tolerate? If you said less than about 250 pages, then you're going to have a tough time with this book, because that kind of gibberish continues pretty much to the end. Oddly, near the end they switch back and forth from this pidgin English to normal sentences. In the middle though, this goes on for page after page, with pretty much nothing being accomplished.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A yawner. Interesting concept but poorly developed. Long stretches of single syllable attempted dialog between two species.Published 15 days ago by Tom
This is not a Space opera with constant action and suspense, but rather a well thought out and well written book with just a bit of mystery. Hey, what Universe isn't a mystery? Read morePublished 22 days ago by EMT
I really LOVED this book!! I wish it had been a series of books! Excellent imagination from the author, the book sucked me right in and I didn't put it down until I was finished... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Becca
This was a well written, well constructed book. As a computational linguist, I found the concepts well researched and it was a novel presentation of the first contact scenario. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tim Barlow
I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. I don't read much science fiction so this is the first first-contact book I have read.Published 2 months ago by book crazy family
Excellent story. I'd put it high on my list of sci-fi all time, and top 10 "first contact" sci fi.Published 3 months ago by E. T. Kuhn
Now this was true science fiction. Something absolutely new. And rendered in an unpredictable way. I loved it.Published 3 months ago by Fat Cat Book Reviews
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