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Wherever Seeds May Fall (First Contact) Paperback – January 17, 2021
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- ASIN : B08T43TCDZ
- Publisher : Independently published (January 17, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 358 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8596100679
- Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.81 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #759,322 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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However, the book fails for me in its pandering to the social justice movement. Every character and every character action is obviously and painfully crafted to adhere to the cult of wokeness that infects our society. It’s a stinky miasma that pervades every element of the book greatly damaging it for me because the pandering is so obvious.
As much as I appreciate the originality of the concept and the intelligence of the plot, I won’t pursue the rest of this collection. I’m fed up with the pandering to wokeness that infects our society.
Now, having said that, if you don't mind the preachiness, this is a good story. It kept me interested except for the times I wanted to throw the Kindle against the wall. I won't be reading any more of his works, despite the fact that I think he is a basically good writer. He should stick to spinning an entertaining yarn and keep his personal views to himself.
These aspects pull down on the proposal. Furthermore, the real "contact" spans just 10 pages of Buck Roger like scenes... the rest is preparatory, or post-event.The richest aspects of first contact, how other intelligent beings see us and how communication is established, are left out. Too bad, but still a follower!
Peter's stories are usually darker than my personal tastes but that doesn't make them any less intriguing to read. (In my own stories main characters never die, but in a Peter Cawdron story you just never know.) Like most of his stories, this one is tense. Anything could happen. Edge of your seat kind of stuff. Best of all, when you're done there are lots more of his books to pick up!
I greatly enjoyed the story and could see how it could actually happen. The climax was very surprising and is a possible answer to the Fermi paradox. Enjoy!
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It was hard to avoid consuming the book at one extended sitting so I dragged it out to 2 days, with difficulty. Written in the present tense, it’s fast paced but not a headlong rush. The story is believable enough to be able to put any doubt to one side temporarily. In fact the principal “fact” I initially disparaged (relating to the potential impact of a high neutrino flux on fissile materials) turned out to be plausible. Thanks Google.
I’m looking forward to sampling more of Peter Cawdron’s first contact stories. Hope they are as exciting and well written as this one. In my opinion Banks probably won’t ever be bettered, but there’s SF niches also for wonderful stories like “Wherever Seeds May Fall”
"Wherever Seeds May Fall" is the first of his I've read, but if the others are anywhere close to this quality it won't be the last. Thought-provoking, intelligent sci-fi, with engaging characters and surprising but plausible plotting.
I particularly liked one character's view on why we fall prey to fake news and conspiracy theories. It's easy to dismiss believers as stupid, but as the character says, "I don't think we're stupid. If anything we're too damn smart for our own good. Oh, the irony. We know we're not dumb. The problem is, that attitude makes us overconfident. Arrogant. Leaving us easily fooled. We're eager. We want explanations - answers. And when we get one we like, we don't question it. We hold onto it like a dog with a bone. God forbid anyone tells us we're wrong".
As usual, all the characters are brilliantly portrayed, the buildup excellent, the science well researched, but still understandable.
The final message to humanity is loud and clear ...
The premise is great and i wont spoil it, genuinely nice twistish towards the end. The most unbelievable parts were how the humans reacted in the middle of the book but i enjoyed the science. Will be reading more.