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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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By Bri Boe on 11-24-17
Human decisions strain credulity
When I read SciFi, I am perfectly happy to suspend my scientific disbelief. But what frustrates me is human relationships and decision-making that require a similar leap. The core story is outstanding. Unfortunately, the author made many very questionable decisions about how humans reacted to the “anomaly” that I had a hard time getting past. For example, why make the main character an elementary school teacher who is inexplicably asked to join the team of elite scientists studying the anomaly? I won’t give anything away, but the government reaction to the anomaly is equally inexplicable. I have not been this frustrated with a story since that book where NASA agreed to let a guy take his car with him on a deep space mission....
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By Michael G Kurilla on 09-05-17
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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