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Will our first contact with aliens be the dawn of a new tomorrow -- or the last act in human history?

The moon has suddenly acquired its own satellite: a two-mile-across starship that represents a hitherto unsuspected Galactic Commonwealth.

The F'thk, a vaguely centaur-like member species for whom Earth's ecology is hospitable, have been sent to evaluate humanity for prosp
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published February 8th 2005 by Baen Books
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This first contact themed book came with blurbs of praise on the front and back by Brin and Sawyer, writers I used to respect. Ok, that is a little harsh, but suffice it to say I did not share their feelings about Moonstruck. I will give the book some credit. For example there was good pacing and the continuity was sound. The guy obviously knows his physics. The beginning and the end of the book did have some ideas that were intriguing enough that I was able to look past the amateurish writing s ...more
Interesting concepts, but line many hard science fiction novels, while the science was good the characters were flat. Plot moved along at a good pace, though.
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A little too herky-jerky and fast and loose with plausibility. Some good stuff, some terribly banal stuff. You'll finish it, but it won't stick with you.
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I'm a physicist and computer scientist (among other things). After thirty years in industry, working at every level from individual technical contributor to senior vice president, I now write full-time. Mostly I write science fiction and techno-thrillers, now and again throwing in a straight science or technology article.
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