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3.36  ·  Rating details ·  11 ratings  ·  3 reviews
The Joining is a first contact science-fiction novella, set in the near future.

The Joining explores humanity's attempt at first contact with another species. A crew of scientists travels to a distant star to contact a race truly alien in more ways than first realized. This encounter will not only question whether or not humanity is ready for such an encounter, but also cha
Kindle Edition, 101 pages
Published December 19th 2014 (first published December 2014)
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Jan 09, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
J.H. Dierking’s 2014 novella The Joining is an unusual and original first contact story.

Humanity has finally discovered quantifiable evidence of alien life in outer space and a crew is assembled and dispatched to encounter the aliens. When the human ambassadors awaken nine years later from cryogenic sleep only a few days have passed for them.

The aliens that Dierking describes are similar in appearance to many of the long limbed ETs we have come to expect, but the author’s real success here is th
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Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
A bit slow until they meet the aliens but I loved it once they did. This story has a really cool concept for aliens and weaves their social structure and physical structure together in really thought provoking ways. 'Thought provoking' is the best description actually. it tickled my brain the way asimov's mystery series do. At the end I was left feeling a lot like I did at the end of CL Moore's 'No Woman Born' - equally horrified and satisfied and triumphant. Its an unexpected ending but it sure ...more
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