Peter Cawdron

When an alien spacecraft four times the size of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier enters the solar system, tensions run hot within the UN, but the alien vessel doesn’t approach Earth. Instead, it sits off at L4, over a hundred million miles from Earth, baffling scientists from around the world. Chris ‘Crash’ Williams leads an international crew to investigate the appearance of this ghost ship, but he quickly learns that the spacecraft isn’t as dead as it seems.Ghosts was inspired by Arthur C. Clarke’s 1973 novel Rendezvous with Rama, which went on to win the Nebula Award for Best Novel, the Hugo Award for Best Novel, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Rendezvous with Rama is a classic. It examined a plausible, realistic alien encounter, considering not only the physics involved but also the inevitable politics and religious implications.FIRST CONTACT is a series of stand-alone novels that explore humanity’s first interaction with extraterrestrial life. This series is similar to BLACK MIRROR or THE TWILIGHT ZONE in that the series is based on a common theme rather than common characters. This allows these books to be read in any order. Technically, they’re all first as they all deal with how we might initially respond to contact with aliens, exploring the social, political, religious, and scientific aspects of First Contact.

Ghosts book cover

I read this in a single sitting and found it utterly gripping. Molly annoyed me a very little bit, and there is, on the surface at least, a very black-and-whiteness to things with the superpowers. But there are plenty of nuggets of wisdom buried deep, and as a first contact story it was brilliant.

Published by Sean Randall

I am an avid reader, technologist and disability advocate living in the middle of England with my wife, daughter and pets.

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