Mr Silver wrote:
What I'm looking for is a novel that involves first contact, or at least knowledge/discovery of other intelligent life by the human race. It must be set around this time, or in the very near future so familiar technology, such as the internet and cellular phones will be present, or at least the plot will encompass these ideas (eg, characters using their cell/mobile phones instead of running to a phone box).
I suppose you could say I'm looking for a first contact novel (or a novel that deals with the discovery that "we are not alone") set around present-day, with an emphasis on being realistic. You could say I'm looking for an updated version of Contact, I suppose.
I would recommend the novel Calculating God
by Robert J. Sawyer. It's set in 1999 Toronto; the premise is that one day, a spaceship lands outside the Royal Ontario Museum, and a giant alien gets out, walks up to the security desk, and asks if he may speak to a paleontologist.