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category: Fiction
published: Oct 2018
publisher: Promontory Press

Rejoice, a Knife to the Heart

by Steven Erikson

tagged: alien contact, literary

A provocative, beautiful and visionary novel of first contact by New York Times bestselling author Steven Erikson. Imagine a First Contact without contact, and an alien arrival where no aliens show up. Imagine the sudden appearance of exclusion zones all over the planet, into which no humans are allowed. Imagine an end to all violence, from the schoolyard bully to nations at war. Imagine an end to borders, an end to all crime. Imagine a world where hate has no outlet and the only harm one can do is to oneself. Imagine a world transformed, but with no guidance and no hint of what's coming next. What would you do? How would you feel? What questions can you ask - what questions dare you ask - when the only possible answers come from the all-too-human face in your mirror? On the day of First Contact, it won't be about them. It will be about us.

About the Author

Steven Erikson

Editorial Review

"Steven Erikson hasn't just reinvigorated the first-contact novel, he's reinvented it. This is a wholly original book, brilliantly conceived and flawlessly executed, with a fascinating central conceit related to curbing human violence. And, for once, we have a novel set in a world in which not only does the science-fiction genre exist but it's respected. A masterpiece." - Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Quantum Night
"Here we encounter aliens who are actually, truly, alien, not just stand-ins for those beyond our borders, or another tribe or group. This is startling and thought-provoking stuff - just what science fiction should be. Read this book and try to think as you once did about, well, anything. Go on. I dare you." - Ian C. Esslemont

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