Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Manhattan Transfer Paperback – February 26, 2002
|New from||Used from|
From Publishers Weekly
In this somewhat old-fashioned hard SF novel, aliens abruptly wrap the island of Manhattan in a cocoon, move it through space and plop it--lock, stock and populace--in the middle of an extensive plain. In the distance lie similarly transported communities, of alien origin. Civil authorities, led by the city's first black woman mayor, strive to maintain order in the face of panic and the exhortations of a religious fanatic, while techies and scientists try to find out what has occurred. An expedition to some of the other cities, led by masterful army officer Matt Sheehan and young computer genius Bobby Joe Brewster, discovers evidence that the municipalities are transported just before disaster strikes their home planets. In one such city, the expedition learns, the inhabitants have all committed suicide. On finding that the "plain" they occupy is actually part of a giant ship, the expedition attempts to contact its crew. Stith's ( Redshift Rendezvous) initial picture of disaster and some of his speculations on alien societies are intriguing, but the cliched and predictable actions of his main characters make for a dreary read.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"How can you possibly resist?... Superscience SF in the classic vein, fast-moving, heroic...loaded with sensawunda. You'll love it." -- Analog
"Some ideas are just too good to pass up... the pleasure is in the nonstop action and the problem the characters must solve." --New York Review of Science Fiction
"Another blockbuster idea. A big book of spectacle, adventure and mystery, as Stith does a wonderful job of drawing out the suspense and twisting the plot in new directions." -- Denver Post --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Recently, I decided to try finding M.T. on Amazon. THERE IT WAS!!!!
It was a treat to finally read such an interesting and original story. Yes, it would make a GREAT movie!
The story is action packed right from the start. I enjoyed the characters and explorations into alien cities.
I agree that the "Goo" digging went on for way too long. Also, some technical explainations required a bit of skimming. The submissive alien commander seemed a bit too much, but hey, it's all FICTION!
Overall, I recommend M.T. for an exciting read!!!
The story centers on former military man Matt Sheehey, who leads a group of engineers and scientists working to figure out the problem. They make contact with several of the other "bubble cities" and their unusual inhabitants, many of whom they cannot communicate with. The fear is that they might be part of an intergalactic zoo exhibit or worse, the sole survivors of planets due for destruction.
The action unfolds a little too leisurely at times, especially when Stith shifts back and forth between what is happening with Sheehan and his investigative team and what is going on back in Manhattan. It is the former scenes that left me on the edge of my seat.
Another intriguing aspect is the encounters between earthlings and others and how they must learn to communicate. At times Stith's technical descriptions are convoluted, which tempts the reader to skim over some of the narrative. For once, we find an alien race that breaks the stereotypical mode of earth invaders who are lecturing do-gooders and who are given an atypical appearance compared to what is found in most sci-fi fare.
However, the conclusion serves up a smooth twist that I never saw coming and is not some logic-defying ending pulled out of thin air. It is a well thought out piece of cloth that may not provide full closure, but leaves the reader satisfied. While I haven't read any of Stith's other works, and this won't make me rush out and by them, Manhattan Transfer is a likeable enough story and earns three-and-a-half out of five stars.