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Not your usual anthropomorphic "first contact"
on November 17, 2010
After reading Carlson's "Plague" trilogy, I was prepared for an exciting, hard-core science fiction adventure, and I was not disappointed. The description of the first human exploration of Europa and the first contact with extraterrestrial life forms was consistent with all we know about that icy moon, and entirely believable. "The Frozen Sky" describes a world beneath the surface of Europa which is alien, but plausible. The life forms which have evolved in this cold, dark world are different from those in any "first contact" stories I have read, and their behavior is not your average E.T. behavior. As shown in his "Plague" trilogy, Carlson has a gift of developing complex characters and relationships, so we can visualize ourselves in their shoes and feel their sense of wonder and terror as they explore this unearthly world.