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Design for Great-Day
When a strange starship appears mysteriously on a distant alien world, bearing only a single human and his bee-like extraterrestrial companion, the powerful warlord of that world laughs at the stranger's preposterous demand: End an all-out war with an interstellar rival, or face devastating consequences. But James Lawson, emissary from an intergalactic federation of ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published March 15th 1996 by Tor Science Fiction
(first published February 1st 1995)
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This story is a bit like a parody of "The Day the Earth Stood Still". But instead of Klaatu telling humans to stop fighting, or else, he's imposing on aliens. Instead of the menacing robot Gort, his companion is a harmless appearing alien that resembles a large bee. Utopianists can be such pushy a-holes. They just can't leave others to their own devices.
Humans are at the heart of a collective of benign aliens who try to keep an eye on the universe so that other lesser intelligences have a chance at growth and survival. Despite the light humor and a bit of pointed metaphor concerning despots and military conflict, overall the story just isn't very compelling. The Solarian Combine is too all-powerful -- and perfect -- to make things interesting.
Bestselling science fiction writer Alan Dean Foster was born in New York City in 1946, but raised mainly in California. He received a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA in 1968, and a M.F.A. in 1969. Foster lives in Arizona with his wife, but he enjoys traveling because it gives him opportunities to meet new people and explore new places and cultures. This interest is carried over to his writing, ...more
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