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Old November 25 2012, 12:53 AM   #1
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Specific Recommendations Request

I've become intrigued about interpretations of first contact.

Now I've read most of the classics, Niven, Asimov, etc, you name it. What I'm looking for is specific, but realistic enough for people to come up with recommendations.

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've done much searching, without really stumbling upon everything. Thanks in advance for any recommendations you may provide.
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Old November 25 2012, 12:57 AM   #2
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I don't think there's anything in Star Trek literature that fits your parameters, so you should probably ask this in the Science Fiction & Fantasy forum.
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Old November 25 2012, 01:11 AM   #3
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Re: Specific Recommendations Request

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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.
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Old November 25 2012, 02:01 AM   #4
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Here's a decent list of First Contact novels starting from 1912 up the present day.

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Old November 25 2012, 03:32 AM   #5
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Christopher wrote: View Post
I don't think there's anything in Star Trek literature that fits your parameters, so you should probably ask this in the Science Fiction & Fantasy forum.
I honestly did know where to post this thread! Thanks for the heads up Christopher

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Here's a decent list of First Contact novels starting from 1912 up the present day.

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Old November 26 2012, 06:40 PM   #6
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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.
I'll second the Calculating God recommendation. Loved that novel!
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