Anomaly

  • by Peter Cawdron
  • Narrated by P. J. Ochlan
  • 9 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Anomaly examines the prospect of an alien intelligence discovering life on Earth. The technological gulf between humanity and the alien species is measured in terms of millions of years. The only way to communicate is using science, but not everyone is so patient.
Humanity's first contact with an alien intelligence is far more radical than anyone has ever dared imagine. With a technological gap of millions of years, mankind is barely able to recognize the arrival of an alien space craft outside the gates of the United Nations in New York.

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Sophisticated alien contact

Peter Cawdron's Anomaly is a thought provoking tale of alien contact. When a hunk of real estate in front of the United Nations building begins rotating off the ground, a nerdy, but lovable elementary teacher becomes involved in the investigation. As interaction with the "anomaly" proceeds, worldwide mayhem ensues as various groups create havoc. While the ending is a bit formulaic, the approach and gradual understanding about the alien entity is the real draw of the tale.

The main sci-fi element is largely confined to an entity of alien origin that is essentially a "von Neuman machine" which can control gravity and manipulate matter at the sub-atomic level. Conceptually, the science aspect of the story is concerned with the manner of interaction with an alien intelligence that is as far beyond our current scientific understanding as we are to other life forms on Earth. The interaction is creative, compelling, and insightful as to potential modes of demonstrating intelligence. The cultural aspects are also highlighted with a focus on religious implications and likely fears as well as conspiracy theorists having a field day with an alien presence with unknown intentions. Finally, the political dimension is handled, a bit crudely, but somewhat realistically.

The narration is well done, with a good range of voices of both genders.
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- Michael G Kurilla

Very much a retailing of "Contact" but good

While there are some new ideas presented the concept of this book is very very "Contact" inspired.

Much like Carl Sagan's book it tends to be some what naive. The authors portrayal of weapons, military, government lacks depth and at times is worse than a Layman's understanding. He should have done far more research into how these operate before portraying them as such central motivation for societies response to such an event.

Some characters go from hyper competent to somehow incapable of exercising their intelligence and education. The portrayal of religion exposes the authors complete lack of familiarity with the subject. His portrayal of governmental response is in no way in touch with reality.

The story seems to lose it's way at times and seems to rush toward a fairly unenlightened encounter with the aliens.

The idea that the world would lose its collective mind as the result of alien contact is a very worn out meme. You tend to get this from authors operating in a bubble where they and their fellows are far removed from understanding the psychology of average people. It is very elitist but oh so common in this kind of story.

This book really needed honest editing and some wide beta reading. I think that might have resulted in a more coherent story, plot and portrayal of society and its state of mind in the 21st cen.

As an author it is your responsibility to better understand society and the elements of your story acting as foils to the enlightened main characters. Even more so if you are putting such an emphasis on society breaking down over the c
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- Ginger

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-16-2017
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio