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Little Green Men by [Cawdron, Peter]
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  • File Size: 421 KB
  • Print Length: 210 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Peter Cawdron at Smashwords (July 19, 2014)
  • Publication Date: July 19, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ET56DHG
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The author is rapidly emerging as the contemporary grandmaster of the first contact novel. Unlike his earlier Anomaly and Xenophobia, this novel is set not in near-future Earth but rather three centuries from now, when an exploration team has landed on a cryogenic planet 23 light years from the solar system in search of volatiles to refuel their ship in orbit. Science officer Michaels believes he's discovered the first instance of extraterrestrial life, after centuries of searching hundreds of star systems and thousands of planets in vain. While extremophile microbes are a humble form of life, discovering that life originated independently on another world would forever change humanity's view of its place in the universe.

Michaels and his assistant collect a sample to analyse back at the ship and are returning to their scout craft when, without warning, they are attacked, with the assistant gravely wounded. The apparent attackers are just fast-moving shadows, scattering when Michaels lights a flare. Upon getting back to the ship with the assistant barely clinging to life, Michaels has a disturbing conversation with the ship's doctor which causes him to suspect that there have been other mysterious incidents.

Another scouting party reports discovering a derelict freighter which appears nowhere in the registry of ships lost in the region, and when exploring it, are confronted with hostile opposition in about the least probable form you might imagine finding on a planet at 88° K. I suppose it isn't a spoiler if I refer you to the title of the book.
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Peter Cawdron seems to have an inexhaustable imagination for original first contact scenarios. Anomoly was intellectual and thought provoking; Xenophobia was action packed and told a first contact story from an unexpected viewpoint and now Little Green Men has yet another take on first contact that is both thought provoking and action packed.

It is only a short story but the characters feel real and the story takes several unexpected turns.

Cawdron is certainly an author to keep an eye on.
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Peter Cawdron's Little Green Men evokes a title that many may think is playful, but this story is anything but.
I'm a sucker for science fiction in space, especially first contact-type tales, so I was in for a treat with LGM as Mr. Cawdron takes the reader on a fantastic ride from the get-go. The stage isn't set for the reader early on -- instead we pick up bits and pieces as we launch into the action with Michaels and Johnson, two crew members on board the Dei Gratia. We find out this is a mining operation with a side scientific endeavor. Before we know it, life is discovered and the rest of the story is a roller coaster from there as we try to piece together what is happening.
Cawdron tells a wonderful story with head-fakes and misdirections, all leading to a terrific conclusion. In his credits, he mentions Carl Sagan, Michael Crichton and Philip K. Dick. I definitely could see influences from Crichton and Dick in the story, doing each author proud.
While there is plenty of action, the author plants just enough clues along the way to keep the audience guessing until the final pages as to what exactly is going on. What a great story -- keep it up!
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In the afterword, Peter Cawdron acknowledges the debt he owes to Philip K. Dick, Michael Crichton and others. Readers familiar with those late authors will recognize their influences throughout the whirlwind story Cawdron has told. In particular, Little Green Men reminds me strikingly of Crichton's early, what-if novels. Reading it was a bit like slipping into a comfortable blanket, and then wrapping it around myself as things got scary.

This is a terrific adventure story, full of bumps in the night and glowing eyes in the shadows, and Cawdron makes it all his own. You may think you'll need more than one sitting to read it, but you won't be able to put it down.
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Peter Cawdron, what a tribute to Philip K. Dick! Kudos!

Little Green Men is about the first contact of the human race with an extra-terrestrial species. It starts out as being very similar to what science fiction books and flicks had imagined it would be, but hey, it really isn't. Also, if you think the title is... "corny" and thus inferred that this is your run-of-the-mill science fiction story, you couldn't be more mistaken.

Read this book if you dig Sci-Fi. You'll dig this too.

(This review also appears on Goodreads.)
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This was a very fun ride, but I didn't expect the intensity of the suspense along the way. I've heard that people have either loved the ending or hated the ending, but the truth is that the fun is in the roller coaster ride you will experience getting to the ending. This was the first of Mr..Cawdron's books that I've read, but it won't be the last. So buckle up & enjoy the ride!
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Little Green Men is a great, page turner of a story. It's a not a long story, more a novella than a novel, detailing the experiences of the crew of space ship Dei Gracia on a frozen, distant world. The writing is brisk and the tension of the story is perfect. Halfway through the book there was a spot where I stopped and said "Holy Crap, I never saw that coming!" It's a great puzzle of a story that in the end fits together with a very elegant and satisfying logic.

Peter Cawdron says that he wrote Little Green Men as a tribute to the works of Philip K. Dick and the classic science fiction stories of the 1950s. He's certainly succeeded, the story manages to mix the pulse-pounding fear of the Alien movies with some of the big questions of perception and existence that one normally associates with authors like Dick, Asimov or Clarke. The interactions of the crew reminded me of the best of the old Star Trek episodes.

I don't want to give away any of the story, this is a book to be read and enjoyed, not explained. The book was free when I downloaded it to my Kindle, but the story is well worth the regular price of 99 cents. Such deals exist to introduce the reader to a new writer. Little Green Men certainly worked on that level for me, I've already downloaded some of Peter Cawdron's other stories.
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