24 May 2010

Ken MacLeod - Learning The World

Probably one of the best first contact novels I've read, it tells the story of the planet bound humans who discover that so kind of alien space ship is headed toward the planet.  Meanwhile, the humans on the generation space ship are about to reach a new planet after 400 years of travel from the Civil Worlds, and it seems to be inhabited by aliens.

Of course both lots think of themselves as 'people.' But they are not the same species.

A really clever way to tell two stories at once, and make both sides totally engaging.  Read this book.  It is brilliant, hilarious at times, sad, enlightening, confusing and just fucking great.  Ken MacLeod rules.