Category Archives: Alien Contact

#57 – The Sirens of Titan Review – Kurt Vonnegut

Summary | Review | Buy As I mentioned before in my review of Cat’s Cradle, The Sirens of Titan is probably my favorite novel that Kurt Vonnegut ever wrote. If this were my list (and I may make one someday), … Continue reading

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#60 – Ender’s Shadow Review – Orson Scott Card

Summary | Review | Buy No other book series (other than maybe Foundation) has a larger presence on this list than Orson Scott Card’s Ender series. With the #1 (Ender’s Game), #27 (Speaker for the Dead) and now #60 entries … Continue reading

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#62 – To Your Scattered Bodies Go Review – Philip Jose Farmer

Summary | Review | Buy Of all the bizarre head-trips and out of this world scenarios that science fiction authors have subjected their characters to throughout history, few can compare to the awe-inspiring mystery and twisted brilliance of Philip Jose … Continue reading

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#66 – The City and the Stars Review – Arthur C Clarke

Summary | Review | Buy While Arthur C. Clarke’s first novel, The City and the Stars, may not be as instantly memorable or critically celebrated as some of his later works, it does give us a tantalizing glimpse into the groundbreaking talent … Continue reading

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#78 – Have Space Suit, Will Travel Review – Robert Heinlein

Summary | Review | Buy A lot of science fiction novels have a tendency to get bogged down in weighty themes, big ideas and serious, brooding characters – which is why the occasional book that throws a little humor and … Continue reading

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#80 – The Puppet Masters Review – Robert Heinlein

Summary | Review | Buy A cross between a James Bond adventure and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Robert Heinlein’s 1951 novel The Puppet Masters is a fast-paced alien invasion thriller that combines secret agent intrigue and sexual politics with … Continue reading

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#81 – A Princess of Mars Summary – Edgar Rice Burroughs

Summary | Review | Buy Much like it’s protagonist, Civil War veteran John Carter, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ A Princess of Mars is a big, bold, testosterone-soaked piece of pulp fiction and adventure fantasy. Containing elements of science fiction, planetary romance … Continue reading

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#90 – Roadside Picnic – Arkady & Boris Strugatsky

Just when you think that all of the possible science fiction plots have been written, you come across a book like ‘Roadside Picnic’ that makes you realize how varied and diverse this genre can be. This is an alien visitation … Continue reading

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#94 – Cities in Flight – James Blish

A lot of science fiction stories claim to be epic in scope. But few come close to the size and spectacle of James Blish’s Cities in Flight. Beginning in the near future and culminating in the destruction of the known universe, … Continue reading

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#22 – The Martian Chronicles Review – Ray Bradbury

Summary | Review | Buy Told in a series of short story vignettes (much like Asimov’s I, Robot), The Martian Chronicles recounts mankind’s first efforts at colonizing the Red Planet and their interactions with the native Martians. At times serious, … Continue reading

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