Alien Morning

Alien Morning Peter Holman is a freelance sweeper The year sees a new era in social media with sweepcasting a multisensory interface that can convey every thought touch smell sight and sound immersing th

  • Title: Alien Morning
  • Author: Rick Wilber
  • ISBN: 9780765332905
  • Page: 117
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Peter Holman is a freelance sweeper The year 2030 sees a new era in social media with sweepcasting, a multisensory interface that can convey every thought, touch, smell, sight, and sound, immersing the audience in another person s experience.By fate, chance, or some darker design, Peter is perfectly positioned to be the one human to document the arrival of the aliens, thePeter Holman is a freelance sweeper The year 2030 sees a new era in social media with sweepcasting, a multisensory interface that can convey every thought, touch, smell, sight, and sound, immersing the audience in another person s experience.By fate, chance, or some darker design, Peter is perfectly positioned to be the one human to document the arrival of the aliens, the S hudonni.The S hudonni offer advanced science in exchange for various trade goods from Earth But nothing is as simple as it seems Peter finds himself falling for, Heather Newsome a scientist chosen by the S hudonni to act as their liason Engaged to his brilliant marine biologist brother, Tom, Heather is not what she seems But Peter has bigger problems While he and his brother fight over long standing family troubles, another issue looms a secret war among the aliens, who are neither as benevolent nor as unified as they first seemed.Peter slowly learns secrets he was never meant to know, about the S hudonni, and about his own family Realizing that he has been used, he can only try to turn his situation around, to save what he can of his life and of the future of Earth.

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  • Rick Wilber

    Rick Wilber s most recent book is the novel, Alien Morning, from Tor Books It is the first of a trilogy about an alien mercantile empire, the S hudonni Rick has published many short stories about these aliens in Asimov s Science Fiction magazine and other markets This is his first S hudonni novel Rick s most recent short fiction was the story, Rambunctious, in Asimov s, and before that the novelette, Walking to Boston, also in Asimov s Rick is the editor of the baseball fantasy anthology, Field of Fantasies from Nightshade Skyhorse 2014 , which reprints about two dozen baseball fantasy stories by outstanding mainstream and genre writers from Stephen King to Karen Joy Fowler and and many He also edited 2011 s Future Media Tachyon 2011, brings together classic works of fiction and non fiction about the future of the mass media Rick s 2009 novel, Rum Point, is a baseball murder myster thriller from McFarland Books and his 2007 memoir, My Father s Game Life, Death, Baseball from McFarland Books, was called by best selling author Peter Straub called a stunning book, and one that abounds with faith, heartbreak, love, insight, and honor His thriller novel, The Cold Road, came out to good reviews in 2003, and his short story collection, Where Garagiola Waits, was short listed in 1999 for the Dave Moore Award for most important baseball book of the year Rick is a novelist, essayist, short story writer and editor whose work has appeared in magazines like Asimov s Science Fiction magazine, Fantasy Science Fiction magazine, Analog, The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, Elysian Fields Quarterly, The Tampa Tribune, the St Petersburg Times, the St Louis Post Dispatch, Star Date magazine, Catholic Digest and many newspapers, magazines and anthologies He was editor for a dozen years of Fiction Quarterly, the short story supplement of The Tampa Tribune, and later was fiction editor at GalaxyOnline He has had than fifty short stories and a similar number of poems in print as well as several hundred feature stories, reviews and essays He was a longtime journalism professor at the University of South Florida and also writes college textbooks on writing, editing and mass media studies His website is rickwilber.

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  • Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.First contact stories are a staple of science fiction. Most of them seem to fall into the mold of alien invasion narrative, but, thankfully, Rick Wilber has dreamed up something a little different with Alien Morning.It is 2030. Peter Holman was a minor league basketball player until he tore his knee up. Now, he is a futuristic “Sweeper’ who uses advanced technology to allow his followers to not only see and hear him, but also experience everything he feels [...]


  • First contact between the Earth and the S'hudonni Mercantile Empire contrasts familial conflict with the early stages of colonialism.Peter Holman is an ex-professional athlete turned freelance journalist and a pioneer of sweeping, an immersive sensory recording/playback system. He "happens" to observe the arrival of the alien S'hudonni and becomes involved in the Earth response to them almost immediately. As an early sweeper he's perfect for the aliens to use as a sort of combined propagandist/l [...]


  • Rounded up. A very promising beginning but overall disappointing. I think this was partly because the novel is a work over of several short stories. But there are other issues too. Too bad.


  • This gets one star only because the author had me so convinced that he was setting up some major twists/shockers at the end that I was fooled into reading the whole thing. Gotta respect that. Bulletin: No, there is not one single surprise to be found either at the climax or thereafter. So what's left is a novelette with a moderately intriguing alien contact scenario featuring a not-too-bright guy who finds himself functioning as the media interface for an alien and its shapechanging hottie sex e [...]


  • Ultimately just okay. This felt pretty cyberpunky to me. It was mostly about the tech that the hero was using to document the arrival of the aliens. The aliens were just kind of there. You felt no real threat from them even though some unrest happened. I never really warmed to the main character and ultimately nothing really happened . It all seemed rather on the surface. I think this might be the start of a trilogy.


  • The year is 2030. Peter Holman was a minor league basketball player. He enjoyed modest success, and fame until a knee injury took him out of the game for good. Left with few options, he took the money he had and invested in an up and comping technology. Sweeping. Connected to the web, viewers tune in to watch live, and pre-recorded feeds as Holman interviews athletes, hits the clubs, and peeks into his personal life.For unknown reasons, when aliens make contact on earth it Holman they want as th [...]


  • I have to wonder if any of the authors endorsing this first novel actually read it. From the jacket, I understand the author is a respected short story writer and seemingly well-connected. Seems to me he was evaluated on his other work, because this novel was slowly paced with mediocre character development and not much of a story. Too much on the underwhelming protagonist, a new media pioneer who seems clueless and not very self-aware for someone trying to broadcast his experiences and emotions [...]


  • My entire bookclub hated this book. Issues with the narrator's personality and recycled plot aside, my main problem with it was that it doesn't stand alone as a complete novel. I don't care that it's supposed to be a trilogy; trilogies are three linked but separate books, and this is not one.


  • A somewhat offbeat but entertaining story of First Contact, told by Peter, an often naive, gullible narrator struggling with problems in his own life. The story of the alien contact is almost a story within the larger story of Peter's issues. It's an interesting approach that works very well, except for a few spots when it gets in its own way.There's also the innovative technology of sweeping, that lets Peter the journalist communicate not only what he sees and hears, but everything he feels as [...]


  • A SIMPLE MAN'S REVIEW:This is an awful book. It combines a bit of a predicable aliens-coming-to-earth story into a long-winded narrative of the protagonist's life in pro sports and "casting". Even after I was able to convince myself to continue reading the book, I found I was often skimming the flashbacks of his entirely unrelated pro basketball career. And the worst part? Every time the protagonist asked the aliens a question related to the plot, their answer was "We'll answer all of these ques [...]


  • You know Alien Morning's a work of science fiction when visitors from outer space turn up in Florida and the world freaks out a little bit (as opposed to just saying "Oh, Florida!" and moving on with their day).At its heart, though, this first book in Rick Wilber's series is a story about families - especially sibling rivalries (both foreign and domestic), with some obvious affection for locales around Ireland and Tampa Bay. It's not heavy on Tom Clancy-style how-it-all-works science fiction det [...]




  • Alright so I have no idea what the hell Ben Bova was talking about when he wrote that this is the ". first contact story I've seen in decades." From my own reading I can only surmise that it's the first he's ever read. For starters the actual 'first contact' was ridiculous. Lights move in the sky in a way that suggests they are not naturally occuring, speculation abounds, the media throws out hundreds of theories, then suddenly a woman from an organisation dealing primarily with the protagonist' [...]


  • From an older Heinlein juvenile to more recent science fiction for adults I landed on Rick Wilber's Alien Morning. The first book in a trilogy of novels about the S'hudonn race and our first interactions with them here on Earth. One thing that constantly amazes me about Wilber's work is his voices. I read a short story of his recently titled "Rambunctious" and the voice of the ten-year old female narrator was mesmerizing and so I also found Peter, the narrator of Alien Morning. A 32-year old ex- [...]


  • “Alien Morning” (Tor, $25.99, 300 pages) is the beginning of a series, and it promises to be a good one. Rick Wilber has been writing about S’hudonni for many years, but this time he has put the alien species in direct contact with modern humanity. The result is never quite what the protagonist – a journalist who’s using the cutting-edge of modern information technology – expects, and there are many questions yet to be answered after this first volume.Wilber notes in his Acknowledgme [...]


  • A First Contact Novel set in 2030 succeeds in bringing a new angle on a sub-genre that tends to get overrun with cliches. Peter Holman, the central character and narrator is a former pro-basketball player turned multisensory blogger who finds himself in the middle of a first contact event where things are definitely not as they seem. The character are well developed and believable, the plot is avoids the many cliches that litter this sub-genre and the portrayal of the aliens advanced technology [...]


  • I enjoyed the book. It's set in a future where "sweeps" (immersive experiences) are starting to enter the mainstream. Cloudblogging and the "edited media" are more prevalent but our main character (Peter) does sweeps.Peter is introduced to the aliens through a shapeshifting alien. That alien and another travel with him on a PR trip while looking to see how they can profit from earth. Unfortunately, the alien's brother has more violent means of accomplishing the same thing.This is juxtaposed with [...]


  • Peter Holman is a former professional basketball player who makes his living now as a "sweeper" - letting other people vicariously experience what he experiences. He has troubled relationships with both his siblings. Then aliens show up. And they want him to be their . something, although it's not clear what.This is a good first contact novel and the first of a planned trilogy. I look forward to the next volumes.


  • i was expecting much more, and it kept building and building to a sequel?!?! WTF not wasting my time with an author who cannot write concise strong stories, but wants to string us out with commercially motivated drivel. too bad, because the premise was good, the characters interesting, but the editing sucked. too bad they didn't have the guts to cut this off early and force the author to write ONE good story, instead of a "trilogy" of commercial mush.


  • Broke my own rule reading this bookI never read books whose only reviews are by other authors. This book contains too much stuff that no one cares aboutdull.


  • An excellent first contact novel which combines alien politics and our current obsession with social media



  • It had a good build up, but didn't deliver. Didn't real excite in the end. It was well written and had good pacing.




  • First contact stories have been a part of science fiction storytelling for a very long time. A subset, the alien invasion story, seems to be the most prevalent, but some of the best have nothing to do with invasions at all. One of the best first contact stories is in theaters right now in the form of the movie Arrival, based on "Story of Your Life" by Ted Chiang (As an aside, Arrival is a really terrific movie. I highly recommend it, and I expect to see it on the final Hugo ballot in 2017). Anot [...]


  • It was a pretty OK read, but I could not find the time to wrap up my read of this book. Ended about 70% of the way though.


  • Alien Morning by Rick WilberThis is a very novel first contact novel. The main protagonist is a washed up athlete trying to jump start a new career utilizing cutting edge first person view equipment. He finds himself as an unwitting spokesperson for an alien entity. Wilber provided a very good plot with lots of character details. The idea of alien conquest is hardly new but the acquisition of an entire world as a source of profit for new products is a different take than the norm. Our own attemp [...]


  • I'm definitely looking forward to the next two books in the trilogy. The timeline shifts can be a little jarring until you get used to this particular aspect of the writing style for this book. The author manages to pack a wide variety of ideas into the story, which, I suppose, is what gives it its novelty. At the same time, sometimes it makes the story feel a little forced, trying to shoehorn in all the various elements - first contact, the world of professional sports, family rivalries (both h [...]


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