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Almost a century after Keres Triplets asteroid impact and subsequent nuclear exchange nearly ended all human life on Earth, a strange artifact is discovered on one of the moons of Saturn. Who should be sent to the outer reaches of the solar system to initiate the first contact with an alien culture?

Dr. Varsaad Volhard, an evolutionary-socio-historian, is chosen to help the
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Kindle Edition, 1 edition, 420 pages
Published August 2019 by Pipsqueak Productions (first published May 20th 2019)
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Clare O'Beara
Various sciences like anthropology, sociology, genetics and astrophysics come as bundled with this story, which is SF set partly on Earth of the future and partly in the outer Solar System, where some artefact has been discovered on one of Saturn's moons, Mimas.

We follow a few of the brave explorers and scientists heading out to discover what is going on. They made a few mistakes obvious to me reading it - and I suppose to them in hindsight - but mostly we see that learning how something works d
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Dora Varvarigou
May 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A strange death of a worker on Mars; Professor Varsaad Volhard, a socio-historian, is kidnapped during her book presentation; and Dr. Matteo Volhard, an ecology scientist, discovers nanobots in the micro-plastic pollution of Seattle’s seashore—this is how Olga Werby kicks off her totally absorbing science fiction story. Are the humans under attack by some super-intelligent and technologically advanced alien beings? What are their intensions? Is there a way to fight back and preserve humanity fro ...more
Marina Stephens
May 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just finished reading this new offering by Olga Werby. I love how outside the box the plot is in this generally predictable alien - human conflict. Makes you think about where we come from and where we are going. For those who love the science side of it - it is a pure gem. For those who are looking for fiction, science does not interfere much with it, so it suites all. Definitely will get you thinking!
Veronica Reinhardt.e
A book that makes you think!

Character driven (so refreshing!) and the approach is so logical! This approach to "aliens" includes the reality of why and how another, more advanced civilization might approach contact with new species. The reality of distances between planets and time that would be involved for travel to other solar systems leads to a new approach to the "invasion of Earth".
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Tygrr FitzSapien
I really enjoyed this story. Would recommend to anyone who liked "The Alien Next Door" or Lindsay Buroker's sci-fi. Will be looking for more books by this author, for sure! ...more
Nancy (The Avid Reader)
Wow! What can I say about Harvest? Well Harvest is about aliens and humans making first contact. But when did they actually make first contact. If you get deep into to the story that is a question you may be asking yourself. Was first contact now or a very long time ago? Was it at the beginning or the end?

Harvest will take you on a trip through space looking for aliens or other life forms. Dr. Varsaad Volhard, an evolutionary-socio-historian has been chosen to be a part of the team that travels
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Renee
Oct 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
When a strange alien artifact is discovered on one of Saturn's moons, a scientific expedition is assembled, including Dr. Varsaad Volhard, an evolutionary-socio-historian, who's tasked with determining the alien culture and intentions. Many of the other scientists on the team are "hard" science-scientists, dealing with data and facts, as opposed to her "soft" people-y science, but she's put in charge of helping them see alternatives to "hostile alien invasion," which is where the military minds ...more
Thierry Robelin
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is slow paced so I understand that not everyone will enjoy it. But the unfolding, throughout the story, of what humans understand of xenobiology, along with what they explore and discover is something I really liked. To me it was a nice break from the typical space opera books I've been reading. No ships exploding and no space marine grunts dumb enough to get their flesh continuously torn off but keep at it.
I also appreciated the attempt at giving something new
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Darshini
May 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Wow! This was unlike any other sci-fi book I've read about an alien-human conflict. I loved the intense research and thoughtful themes that went behind this book (Disclaimer: Not everything is accurate. But then, when was it meant to be?). There are pages that I've bookmarked simply because of the meaningful conversations they hold. The suspense element stays alive throughout the novel (yay!). Moreover, I admire how the author ended it so that it ultimately remains for the reader to decide wheth ...more
Sherrie Cronin
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Harvest by Olga Werby is an incredible book on many levels. The thought and research that has gone into this story is breathtaking. The descriptions of nanobots gone amok are chill-inducing. The affection between the father and daughter is heartwarming. And the plot moves at a pace that makes it almost impossible to put down. What more could you want?

I love stories that tackle big ideas. You know, the meaning of life, the universe and everything. This book has no shortage of grandiose themes. In
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