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The Shape of Silence

2.74 of 5 stars 2.74  ·  rating details  ·  35 ratings  ·  9 reviews
First contact was never supposed to be like this.

A sudden rift appears in near-earth space, causing electronic components to permanently fail and cause total chaos. As Earth's fragile technological society disintegrates, no one can answer the obvious question — what is the rift, and who or what has created it?

A new generation comes of age attempting to answer these questio
ebook, 318 pages
Published February 19th 2013 by Smashwords Edition (first published 2001)
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Matthew Farrell is really Stephen Leigh, and I suspect this book was published as by Farrell because by 2000 Leigh had become a category killer. In fact, since 2003 he’s been writing fantasy under the pen-name SL Farrell. In all other respects, Thunder Rift reads like a Stephen Leigh sf novel, and fans of Leigh’s earlier Dark Water’s Embrace and Speaking Stones will probably enjoy it. Unfortunately, familiarity with Leigh’s oeuvre does make Thunder Rift a somewhat predictable read. The titular w ...more
This novel is frustrating because it's a pretty-good first contact story that could have been a -great- one. The aliens are well-constructed and convincing, with a complex and interesting culture and civilization. Unfortunately, the main human character is continuously thrown into a series of flashbacks that detail her failed relationships in far too much detail. Also, one of the main mysteries of the plot is that she is sent down to the planet initially to try to find out what happened to a pre ...more
Andy Janes
Pretty mediocre, but it definitely gets better near the end. Some good twists.
Unlike some other books of his, the ending of this was not too abrupt which was nice.

My main problem was that the characters that were supposed to be mysterious and wise just came across as vague and obnoxious to me. Largely because of that, far too much of the conflict in the book could have been avoided if characters just said what they meant earlier on rather than dancing around everything. I understand why some authors do that, but for science fiction stories that are based around ideas, it
I really enjoyed this book, I've always been a sucker for first contact stories, and this one doesn't disappoint. The aliens are alien enough to be interesting, being almost blind and having developed a culture around sound. It reads like a combination of Contact, Dances With Wolves, a bit of Clarke's 2010 and some Lovecraft thrown in for good measure, and in the end it's like a really good episode of Stargate SG-1.
I expected great things from this book. The heroine is a civilian on the spaceship making first contact with an alien race. She begs to spend time on the planet learning about the aliens, leaving behind the man that loves her. Great set-up, interesting story, feisty heroine, but somehow it left me cold. Just didn't connect with the characters. Not sure how you could fix it, but I didn't feel any passion.
Very imaginative first contact story. The alien culture as truly alien. Characters were well drawn out and reasonably portrayed. I think this is an excellent science fiction tale and well worth reading.
Finally a great first-contact alien sci-fi novel! Wasn't too far fetched, I really enjoyed it!
An unexpectidly good read.
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Stephen Leigh has been writing science fiction since he was in grade school. He sold his first story in 1975 and has been publishing regularly ever since then.

He has been nominated for and won several awards for his fiction over the years. He has written and published the occasional poems and non-fiction pieces, as well.

Steve teaches Creative Writing at Northern Kentucky University in the Greater
More about Stephen Leigh...
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