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 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 Thank you for supporting independent writing....
|Title||:||Anomaly (English Edition)|
|Publisher||:||Peter Cawdron at Smashwords 20 September 2011|
|Number of Pages||:||367 Pages|
|File Size||:||790 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Anomaly (English Edition) Reviews
The enjoyment was, as ever, spoilt by the odd use of the present tense, numerous spelling mistakes and names getting muddled up, and those confounded apostrophe errors. Not to mention that Bonn was counted as a European capital!! Especially the second half of the book read as if it hadn't been proofread, let alone edited. The story was good, though, and would make a great film, where it wouldn't matter that everyone "says" everything (we would have been told off at school for that), and the trope of the outsider primary school teacher having all the good ideas was rather overstretched. But Hollywood would like that. Suspicion that could have been aroused by similarities to "Contact" and "Sphere" were countered by the simple technique of the characters commenting on them. The final scene would work better as a film, too. It read rather like Arthur Dent's trip to Magrathea.
I really love non-violent brainy first contact /sci fi, so I should give five stars, but I am a sucker for well-written books too. This one uses such a basic style it's like a child's book. Furthermore it's written in present tense which I dislike, and it calls women by their first -, but men by their surnames which I find sexistic.But the idea of a vastly superior alien species who do not want to enslave or kill us, who do not aspire to exploit our planet , who do not shoot first, ask questions later, but who are considerate and curious, is very appealing
Friendly, wise aliens are so much more interesting than all these evil Hollywood phantasies. Great book. I wished the conversation in the end were longer.
Thoughtful Science Fiction At Its Best5 out of 5 starsSometimes a book will leave me speechless for good or bad reasons. Anomaly left me speechless for a couple days because I couldn’t find the words to describe how great of a story it really was. The end of the entire book Cawdron explains a little about what spurred him to write the story the way that it was written — and I love it even more. I had just finished the book. I was in that post-great-book-euphoria and then that part comes on and just solidifies my love for the story, characters, and overall way that the story was told.I think the thing that I liked the most was that the person who was least qualified to make hypothesis was the one that they kept coming back to for answers. Sometimes you can have all the degrees in the world but it won’t help you see something that a school teacher would see.I also felt that Cawdron did a great job going through the different reactions by different types of people. From religious to government types — everyone had a different feeling about it and Cawdron explained it in a way that both made sense and made the book feel incredibly realistic.Cawdron is quickly becoming my go-to for Science Fiction stories because they remind me of some of the stories that got me into reading Sci-Fi in the first place. It just has that “old school” feel to it without feeling old (if that makes sense).Overall, Anomaly will stick with me for a long time. The story was that memorable and well told. Cawdron is a master of his craft and I’m glad I have some other books of his to read soon.The narration by PJ Ochlan really put the cherry on top of this. He was able to give voices to the character in such a way that they felt real. I love that about a good audiobook.
In an afterward, the author explains his motive for this book: to create a non-violent cerebral science fiction work. He has succeeded in that goal. There is violence but as the author notes, it’s not started by the protagonist.I found the premise appealing. What turns out to be aliens who are vastly superior in technology (and maybe more) to us discover Earth. This is the polar opposite of a typical space opera fare where they either are mostly English speaking comely females longing to mate with the captain or grotesque monsters bent on our destruction. These guys want to chat.The majority of the book is not only the difficulties chatting with an alien and a side note business about the worldwide civil unrest the existence on Earth of an alien causes. Curiously, the author dismisses the John McClane character from movies such as Die Hard as a figure not to admire anymore due to his method of conflict resolution. However, there are two scenes in the book where John McClane would have saved the day but the protagonist does nothing of the sort.The book starts out in a roar, maintains its pace for a bit and then wanders until the very end where a crisis creates an ending. The text is rampant with typos and word misuse. The thing which really bothers me is, at the very end, the protagonist gets a message which can be interpreted in many ways. He chooses a way that I doubt anybody would guess and in the end, there wasn’t any reason for the vagueness of the message anyway. It cratered the book for me.My idea of a protagonist is not some cowering metrosexual who has to have his girlfriend bail him out of a major crisis. Give me John McClane.
I couldn't put Anomaly down, and if I did have to it was very easy to come back and pick up from where I left it. While the themes and concepts are complex and nuanced, the writing style is not too heavy or hard to read.I recommend this for anyone who often ponders those big questions about first contact, science, the flawed human condition or the fraught nature of American media.I liked that it was fast paced and focused on the one main narrative. It was also a refreshingly optimistic exploration of first contact, while still framing the human side of the dialogue in a pretty raw and realistic way as I would imagine it.My only minor negative comment is the conversations between characters seemed a little stiff, it seemed as if they all spoke in the same voice - but that's also because I'm used to reading those epic sci-fi sagas where the authors tend go over the top.Overall, if you've landed on this page then you'll probably love the book. It was way too cheap when I bought it as well, I hope the author can still make money from it!
Anomaly by Peter Cawdron is the book that made me a big Peter Cawdron fan! This just raps up so much of what I love in sci-fi. This is a must for anyone that loves sci-fi! The earth starts rumbling, and the next thing, a giant sphere, several stories tall is floating. Flag poles, half of them, still standing inside the sphere, but the sphere doesn't stay like that. It changes density, pressures, and then, it starts to grow....something. Nations go crazy because they all want a piece of it. Religions go nuts. This is so good...so many surprises...it is remarkable! Brain food!!!I read/listened the audible version and the narrator, P. J. Ochlan, was totally on it! The tension, the emotions, the fear, excitement, the multitude of voices, all done to perfection!
Finally an alien contact story unlike all the others. The story is of education, maturity and hope. It gives us pause to think. I highly recommend this story to anyone in need of a great story of love and hope in a cruel world. The unique perspective shown in the exciting novel is one we can all relate to....through the eyes of a child.