Are we alone From War of the Worlds to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, ET to Close Encounters, creators of science fiction have always eagerly speculated on just how the story of alien contact would play out Editor Marty Halpern has gathered together some of the best stories of the last 30 years, by today s most exciting genre writers, weaving a tapestry that covers a brAre we alone From War of the Worlds to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, ET to Close Encounters, creators of science fiction have always eagerly speculated on just how the story of alien contact would play out Editor Marty Halpern has gathered together some of the best stories of the last 30 years, by today s most exciting genre writers, weaving a tapestry that covers a broad range of scenarios from the insidious, to the violent, to the transcendent.Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near future dystopia , fantasy grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history , and horror zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural , and much While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.
Alien Contact Are we alone From War of the Worlds to Invasion of the Body Snatchers ET to Close Encounters creators of science fiction have always eagerly speculated on just how the story of alien contact would p
This was a nice collection of stories Some swerved into the Fantasy genre but most were straight forward Science Fiction.Well done
Marty Halpern presents us with an anthology of science fiction short stories predicated on what else alien first contact I was looking for an anthology like this In my desperation for such a thing, I decided to start a rumor that John Joseph Adams currently my favorite anthologist was going to create such an anthology And to this, JJA replied that Halpern had already done this So I immediately rushed out and bought it.Overall I liked it very much many stories I loved, and a few I could do withou [...]
I m not normally much for short story collections, but something about this book just spoke to me, so I couldn t resist taking the chance to read it, especially after seeing such a stellar if you ll encuse the pun list of contributing authors Neil Gaiman, Ursula K LeGuin, Stephen King, and yet There s all kinds of talent evident in this collection, and I ll say right off the bat that this is a book that no sci fi fan should really be without.The stories contained within the book s pages don t k [...]
An anthology is a bit like a buffet You ll find dishes you re familiar with, those you usually avoid and lurking in between, the dodgy, odd looking stuff you re not willing to try, but do anyway and either discover a new favourite or spend the rest of the night nursing a rebellious tummy With its impressive list of authors, Alien Contact looked very appetising Odd stuff would lurk in the corners, no doubt, but the appeal of such well known names as Stephen Baxter, Orson Scott Card, Cory Doctorow [...]
This is a hard book to review While some stories are good, it takes me forever to push myself to start a new story after I finished each one I haven t finished this book If I ever continue I will update my review but as of now, I just can t get into it any.Summary The Thought War by Paul McAuley Interesting concept about zombies and invasion yet, maybe if the story had been longer I would have appreciated it As is, even though it was short, it felt long with parts that I felt like skimming A 3. [...]
A nice mix of stories.3.5 stars
It s always a lot to sort through a collection of shorts and give an appropriate rating The twenty six stories in this book yielded an average rating of 3.73 stars, which, when rounded, would give me an average of 4 stars Here s the thing though I rated eight stories at five stars Such a high number of five star stories might move me up, but then there was one other detail None of the stories struck me as a true gem among them all A classic worthy of rereading time and again As a result my four [...]
The Thought War Paul McAuley 4 5How to Talk to Girls at Parties 4 5Face Value Karen Joy Fowler 2 5The Road Not Taken Harry Turtledove 5 5The Aliens Who Knew, I Mean, Everything 4 5I Am the Doorway Stephen King 3 5Recycling Strategies for the Inner City Pat Murphy 3 5The 43 Antarean Dynasties Mike Resnick 5 5The Gold Bug Orson Scott Card 5 5Kin Bruce McAllister 5 5Guerrilla Mural of a Sirens Song 1 5Angel Pat Cadigan 4 5The First Contact with the Gorgonids Ursula K LE Guin 3 5Sunday Night Yams at [...]
Three stories stand out in this collection Kin Bruce McAllister 5 5Face Value Karen Joy Fowler 4 5Exo Skeleton Town Jeffrey Ford 4 5The other twenty one stories pass the mark, with or less flying colors.
The End of the WorldsAs with any anthology, the quality of the stories fluctuates somewhat But overall, a fine collection of futuristic possibility stories.
Reading Alien Contact, the 2011 anthology of short stories, edited by Marty Halpern, I was hoping to find among its 26 stories a few with plausible plots that confront head on the immense problems first contact by humans with alien species would engender The writers in these 469 pages range from the well known such as Stephen King, Ursula K Le Guin, and Robert Silverberg to the lesser known I passed over the BEM bug eyed monster stories and the stories in which everyone amazingly and convenientl [...]
A collection of stories centering on, surprisingly enough, Alien Contact The usual mixed bag, although I will say I was somewhat disappointed on the whole I was hoping to read interesting first contact tales, and there were a few of those, but also a few where aliens had been known about for some time and maybe it was one individual person s contact with aliens, but they were commonplace to the society as a whole And, frankly, most of the aliens weren t especially inventive or, well alien Too ma [...]
This collection would probably put some readers off just with its title Though I am a sci fi fan, I m sometimes put off by abduction stories and such, myself However, the list of authors who contributed to Alien Contact includes Ursula Le Guin, Stephen King, Karen Joy Fowler, Orson Scott Card, Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, and Nancy Kress, so I had to check it out I m glad that I did Though Stephen King s I Am the Doorway was a disappointing meh, there were plenty of gems to make up for it In Face [...]
An eclectic, varied mix of short fiction featuring humans meeting aliens and aliens meeting humans Some are first contact, but not all, and this collection introduces aliens of all different types, from kind to greedy to bloodthirsty I found all of the stories enthralling, from both well known writers and authors I have never heard of Some stories are hard sci fi with advanced technology and space travel, while others are gentler fantasy with unknown creatures I highly enjoyed this collection M [...]
A couple of stories in this anthology were home runs I couldn t believe they were over so soon I really wanted Others were eye rollers, but I finished them anyway One was so bad I didn t finish it, which is really saying something about a story that couldn t have been 20 pages long Most fell in between along a spectrum of awesome and not awesome I m glad I found this book though, because it introduced me to a couple of new authors I ll be looking for again I don t have the book with me and I ca [...]
There were a few good stories here What put me off was I bought the e book and since it had no contents links I was unable to peruse story titles or jump between them as I like do with short story collections So, when I hit a story half way in that I wasn t fussed on, it became a right pain flicking forward through virtual pages hunting for the next story The result was that I became annoyed, closed the book and haven t been inclined to open it since.
Editor is my cousin whom I haven t seen in many years since he and his family moved to California when we were kids.Really enjoyed this book, and not just because of the familial relationship I d never read any of these stories before Even if you re not a science fiction fan, you ll like this because it tells about us than them Some are funny and make you laugh out loud, some are sad, others just make you go hmmmm.
Authors Paul McAuley, Ernest Hogan, Pat Cadigan, URSULA K Le GUIN, Adam Troy Castro, Michael Swanwick, Mark W Tiedemann, Cory Doctorow, Elizabeth Moon, Nancy Kress, Jack Skillingstead, NEIL GAIMAN, Robert Silverberg, Jeffrey Ford, Molly Gloss, Bruce Sterling, Charles Stross, Stephen Baxter, Karen Joy Fowler, Harry Turtledove, George Alec Effinger, Stephen King, Pat Murphy, Orson Scott Card, Bruce McAllister
I really enjoyed this book of short stories about aliens and our contact with them There was only one out of the entire book that I didn t like at all and it was only 4 or 5 pages long so it was just a blip I was surprised that the one story by Stephen King was one that I d never read and Orson Scott Card s short story included Ender Wiggins If you enjoy science fiction and short stories, this is a great read.
Very good compilation of sci fi short stories all with a theme of alien contact One of the things I love about reading a compilation is being exposed to authors I ve never read before For this one I of course jumped right in to read my favorites Gaiman, LeGuin, Fowler, Turtledove, King, Scott Card and Sterling, but the big surprise for me was discovering Bruce McAllister and his story Kin Will absolutely read by him.
A terrific collection of sci fi dealing with some type of alien contact Not all of the stories in this wonderful collection are the best, in my opinion But there are enough great stories to make it a fast read What I love most is the different styles of writing and story telling This would be a great addition to a personal library because you will want to re read it again.
This is a terrific anthology, I would highly recommend it.I really enjoyed this anthology, it has a good mix of serious and amusing, dark and happy tales.You can catch my detailed review on this one over at Dragon Page dragonpage 2012 03 01 or in the podcast.
A solid set of stories, although it begins with a series of overanthologized stories that left me concerned there wouldn t be anything new I particularly enjoyed The First Contact with the Gorgonids by Ursula K Le Guin The Aliens Who Knew, I Mean, Everything by George Alec Effinger Texture of Other Ways by Mark W Tiedemann and Swarm by Bruce Sterling.
thank you for this fantastic anthology I LOVED it I don t often read scifi unless you count HPLovecraft but this was a terrific collection of stories I will probably reread this one on a regular basis.
Favorite stories A Midwinter s Tale Michael SwanwickSwarm Bruce SterlingKin Bruce McAllisterFace Value Karen Joy FowlerLaws of Survival Nancy KressTexture of Other Ways Mark W TiedemannMAXO Signals Charles StrossI Am the Doorway Stephen King
Alien Contact is a great collection of stories about alien contact A variety of authors were chosen giving the book a wide range of views of contact Stephen King, Neil Gaiman, Ursula LeGuin Great gift for any scifi reader.
I ve rated this book at five stars, with the caveat that I m the book s editor after working on this baby for three years, I think it deserves a noteworthy place on my GR bookshelf, dontcha think
a solid collection, some very good stories here
Loving this book The array of stories is mind boggling I love the diversity Definitely recommend for the science fiction lovers out there
Buncha juicy scifi