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About the Author

T. Jackson King (Tom) is a professional archaeologist and journalist. He writes hard science fiction, anthropological scifi, dark fantasy/horror and contemporary fantasy/magic realism--but that didn't begin until he was 38. Before then, college years spent in Paris and in Tokyo led Tom into antiwar activism, hanging out with some Japanese hippies and learning how often governments lie to their citizens. The latter lesson led him and a college buddy to publish the Shinjuku Sutra English language underground tabloid in Japan in 1967. That was followed by helping shut down the UT Knoxville campus in 1968 and a bus trip to Washington D.C. for the Second March on Washington where thousands demanded an end to the Vietnam War. Temporary sanity returned when Tom worked in a radiocarbon lab at UC Riverside and earned an MA degree in archaeology from UCLA. His interests in ancient history, ancient cultures and journalism got him several government agency jobs that paid the bills, led him to roam the raw landscape of the Western United States, and helped him raise three kids. A funny thing happened on the way to normality. By the time he was 38 and doing federal arky work in Colorado, Tom's first novel STAR TRADERS was a stage play in his head that wouldn't go away. So he wrote it down. It got rejected. His next novel was published as RETREAD SHOP (Warner Books, 1988). It was off to the writing races and Tom's many voyages of imaginative discovery have led to seven published novels, a book of poetry, and a conviction that when humans reach the stars, we will find them crowded with space-going aliens. We will be the New Kids On The Block. This theme appears in much of Tom's short fiction and novel writing. Tom lives in Los Alamos, New Mexico, USA. His other writings can be viewed at http://www.tjacksonking.weebly.com/ .

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1130 KB
  • Print Length: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Wilder Publications Inc.; 2 edition (2 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x94bff528) out of 5 stars 4 reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x947789cc) out of 5 stars A daring exploration 31 Oct. 2013
By Linell Jeppsen - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
As always, T. Jackson King writes with aplomb, an understanding of the English language, and finely drawn science fiction landscapes that teach as well as entertain.
He did go out on a limb this time using fundamentalism-and it's constraints- as a study of what NOT to do when exploring the stars and integrating with potential alien civilizations.
It was carefully approached, however, and the real star of this show was the heroine, Helen Sarkissian, a linguist who is the first to speak to the aliens on the planet 36 Drakonis!

Good show, Mr. King

5 stars!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94778a20) out of 5 stars One of the most inspiring books that I have read. 3 May 2014
By Shay VanZwoll - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

There aren't too many authors who can write a book dealing with religious issues without having some sort of holy war called out against them. I think T. Jackson King may be the first author who has correctly dealt with religious issues in a way that both teaches you the good and the bad about the religion and culture, and also helps the characters rise above the issues.

Speaker to Aliens is set in the future with a radical group of religious fanatics have taken over most of the world. In this novel, it happens to be the Shia Islamic faith, but it could be any other religious group, since I've found that all religious have fanatics of some sort... some just happen to be quieter than others. The interesting thing is that when we normally think about the future and a one-government world (or in this case, one major government and some smaller alliances) we normally think of a COUNTRY taking over, not a religion. The author portrays the Shi'ite people well, providing both proof that he has researched the religion and the people, and also thought about how they would behave in the future, especially if they were in a leadership role.

The name character of the novel, Helen, is a linguist hired along with others of the Western and Asian Alliances to work the technical side of running a colony ship from Earth to their new planet to spread "The Call" of Islam. Even though the General Contract she was hired under provides protections and restrictions, she finds that once out of Earth's orbit, Sharia Law holds true and no one is safe. Now the only thing that she can hope for is to survive the trip and make it back to Earth.

I believe that this book was very well done. It's not easy to write about religion or politics, since both are touchy subjects for all people. Combining religion and politics in this novel was done flawlessly - the author is neither racist, nor does he hesitate to touch on the issues involved. If a country was taken over by religious fanatics of any religion, people who had the only access to FTL space travel, and people who are very strict on how their people behave... yes, I believe that they would act and react as written in this book.

But this novel doesn't just give us a religious lesson. You are introduced to characters with such depth that you still don't know the complete truths about them at the end of the novel. You are introduced to people who have the integrity to do what is right even if it is against their belief system - realizing that belief and truth are not always the same thing. And you have an interesting storyline to go along with it, with very little unanswered questions at the end of the book. In fact, the author left himself just enough leeway to perhaps expand on this universe and provide a sequel, though the novel is complete without one.
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HASH(0x94778e58) out of 5 stars A BOOK THAT TEACHES YOU TO HATE OR LOVE THEN AGAIN? 6 Jan. 2014
By dray - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I do know one thing. You have met more than one raghead. I am one of those people. I am not prejudiced. I hate everyone equally. It is so funny. In Iraq or Afghanistan. Every person is allowed to have one fully automatic weapon. This is the same bunch that screams to the United Nations about doing away with guns. They hope Obama takes away our rights. Then when you and I don't own guns any more they can start their jihad.

4 of 43 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x94778e40) out of 5 stars sounds like such a lame book....written by an elementary school kid? 15 Aug. 2013
By danny - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
sounds like such a lame book....written by an elementary school kid? what a lame plot and story, pure waste of time shouldnt even bother to read the first page!
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