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Moonstruck [Kindle Edition]

Edward M. Lerner

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Book Description

Will our first contact with aliens be the dawn of a new tomorrow -- or the last act in human history? The moon has suddenly acquired its own satellite: a two-mile-across starship that represents a hitherto unsuspected Galactic Commonwealth. The F’thk, a vaguely centaur-like member species for whom Earth’s ecology is hospitable, have been sent to evaluate humanity for prospective membership. The F’thk are overtly friendly but very private – “Information is a trade good.” As Earth’s scientists struggle to understand their secretive appraisers, odd inconsistencies emerge. As troubling as those anomalies is the re-emergence of a bit of insanity humanity thought it had outgrown: Cold War and nuclear saber-rattling. The Galactics’ arrival may signify the start of a glorious new era, or it may presage the cataclysmic end of human civilization. Which outcome do the aliens really desire ... And what will they do if humanity refuses to play its assigned role?


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"... Fast, original, and will keep you guessing to the very last page." -- book cover (back) -- Robert A. Metzger, Best Novel Nebula Award nominee for PICOVERSE

"A great, classic first-encounter novel for the 21st century." -- book cover (back): Paul Levinson, author of The Pixel Eye

"It's a rollicking good read ... the suspense never lets up. Highly recommended." -- book cover (back) -- Robert J. Sawyer, Best Novel Hugo Award winner for HOMINIDS, Best Novel Nebula Award winner for THE TERMINAL EXPERIMENT

"MOONSTRUCK fizzes with ideas and surprises. Classic science fiction with 21st Century appeal." -- book cover (front) -- David Brin, Winner of Hugo, Nebula, and Locus awards for best novel author of the Uplift series

About the Author

EDWARD M. LERNER worked in high tech for thirty years, as everything from engineer to senior vice president, often while writing science fiction as a hobby. Since 2004 he has written full-time, and his novels run the gamut from near-future technothrillers, like Small Miracles and Energized, to traditional SF, like the InterstellarNet series. Collaborating with Larry Niven, Ed also wrote the Fleet of Worlds series of Ringworld companion novels. Ed’s short fiction has appeared in anthologies, collections, and many of the usual SF magazines. As highlighted in this collection, he also writes the occasional nonfiction technology article. Lerner lives in Virginia with his wife, Ruth.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 462 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: FoxAcre Press (30 Dec. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HW7N84
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #658,667 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  9 reviews
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Twisted First Contact 24 Mar. 2005
By Jerry Wright - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Ed Lerner is a warped man. This book starts out as what seems to be a standard first contact novel. A huge spaceship appears and orbits the moon, and centauroid aliens called the F'thk land in Washington D.C. and tell everyone that the Earth has the potential of joining a Galactic Commonwealth.

But the protagonist of this story, science advisor Kyle Gustafson, is bothered by a multitude of little inconsistencies.

And every time you think you have a handle on what is happening, Lerner shifts the story in a direction you just can't guess.

A very fun read, and well worth your time and money. This story was serialized in Analog a couple of years ago, and I read it then. I just re-read it, and it was better than I remembered, and I thought it was good the first time.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A decent, but very odd first contact story 13 Dec. 2009
By M. Shepherd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The good.
Lerner has come up with a good twist on the traditional first contact type story, which is refreashing in and of itself.
The book is well written and the plot interesting. What if earth were discovered by what amounts to a tramp freighter from an
advanced civilization. In some ways very much like some small island cultures 1st had contact with the outside world in the
18th and 19th centuries. And suppose like those encounters the crew and passengers see an oppertunity to make a quick buck at
the expense of the primitives. But this time with something far worse than just cheating the natives with unfair trading.

The bad.
Only a couple of the characters in the story are well developed. The rest seem very cardboard.
The story seems to really just plod along in some places.
While the aliens are alien enough is appearance, their thinking isn`t. But having radically different aliens think like humans is
a very common flaw in almost all science fiction. But it brings up something else.
The aliens seem to be ripped off (pretty blatantly ripped off at that) from one of L. Neil Smith`s more obscure sci-fi novels
"Their Majesties` Bucketeers" published by Del Ray in 1981.

Overall it`s a decent book. Not great by any means, but worth reading. I posted the review with four stars, but it`s really more like
three and one half stars.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars if you like first encounters - this will be just your cup of tea! 25 Feb. 2007
By Paul Levinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A great, classic first-encounter novel for the 21st century: think Childhood's End, The Day the Earth Stood Still, and To Serve Man, served up with the cutting-edge media savvy of Jon Stewart. Lerner writes with grace, surety, humor, and political wisdom that draws on sources ranging from Damocles to Churchill. I snapped up this novel on Cape Cod Bay, and learned anew why I relish science fiction.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Starts out with intriguing premise, 15 Jan. 2007
By Reader in LA - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Loved the first one-half of the book when earth is unaware of the motivations of the aliens (Are they here for good or evil?).

The motivation of the aliens is certainly unique but I wish Lerner had written a better second half. The plot and the characters got a little boring. And, of course, we have the obligatory love story between the hero and heroine. But I was intrigued enough to finish the book and find out how it all ends.
11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moonstruck Stikes Gold 16 Feb. 2005
By Ernest Lilley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Lerner reverses the standard SF viewpoint where humans show up and play with primitive alien's heads when an alien movie company drops in to make a film...though they forget to mention that detail to us. They wouldn't want us not act naturally, and who knows...we might not even want to star in a disaster movie.

The central character is a science advisor that acts oddly for this genre, which is to say, he's smart, outspoken, and doesn't mind banging politicos heads together to get their attention.

The action is fast and the plot twisty, and despite a truly off-putting cover (Doug Chaffee has done much better) this is a book I can happily recommend to fans of John Ringo, Jack McDevitt and other action oriented authors who are also good storytellers. It's the author's second book, and I've got to go back and read the first one (Probe).

Ernest Lilley

Editor - SFRevu.com
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