The View Beyond Earth
Two offworld species, disturbingly human and alltogether alien. How do twenty-first century humans react when confronted with comparable intelligence residing in "their" solar system? Microbiologist Tandra Grey finds new hope for an ailing Earth and her own future when she makes first contact with alien neighbors too intelligent, too nosy, and too near to ignore.
The first novel in The Archives of Varok series, The View Beyond Earth is an update of Neeper's 1975 science fiction classic, A Place Beyond Man. The story re-imagines the 21st Century Solar System as Tandra Grey, the elll Conn, and the varok Orram disentangle the alien from the familiar to reach the embattled human population, and each other. Their travels continue from Earth to the Kuiper Belt, with several stops in-between, in Nautilus silver medalist The Webs of Varok and its sequel The Alien Effect.
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A fine multi-cultural, multi-species First Contact along with a siren call to stop 'trashing our planet' in pursuit of profit and status. Bravo!
“What a worthy revival it is, in both its continued timeliness and its intelligent, believable rendering of alien values and cultures.”
—Frank Kaminski, book reviewer for Resilience.org
Cary Neeper has created not one but two credible non-human species. . . . It's an engrossing first novel.
—Psychology Today, New York, on the original 1975 release
From the book
High above the North American Spaceport, a sleek parachute deployed. A humanoid shape with large flat feet hung from the rig, landed with a thump, then disappeared into the desert, mumbling to himself.
“If this isn’t the goofiest stunt we’ve pulled! If I didn’t trust Jesse Mendleton so much, I’d never have agreed to do this interview.”
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