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Robert J. Sawyer






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Demco Media (January 1, 1999)



Illegal Alien e-book

by Robert J. Sawyer

Home Robert J. Sawyer Illegal Alien. Sawyer has written the only novel about human-alien interaction in which we learn about the aliens via testimony disclosed in a court of la. fast-paced, exciting book.

Home Robert J. The best aliens since Larry Niven’s puppeteers. Sawyer deals metaphorically with the issue of racism in the courts, but entertains the reader with sharp wit along with the heavier themes. Praise for the previous novels of Robert J. Sawyer. For big-time interstellar adventure, look no farther.

An Ace Book, published by arrangement with the author. Cover art by Danilo Ducak

An Ace Book, published by arrangement with the author. Cover art by Danilo Ducak. This book may not be reproduced in whole or in part, by mimeograph or any other means, without permission. For information address: The Berkley Publishing Group, a member of Penguin Putnam Inc.

Robert J. Sawyer is Canada’s only native-born full-time science-fiction writer. Robert J. Sawyer, Illegal Alien. Thank you for reading books on BookFrom. He is the author of eight previous novels, including The Terminal Experiment, which won the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s Nebula Award for Best Novel of 1995, and Starplex, which was a Hugo and Nebula Award finalist. Rob’s books are published in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan, Poland, Russia, and Spain.

For Justice, though she’s painted blind, is to the weaker side inclined. to the Kitty Hawk, and are now on their way to rendezvous with the alien ship. The Kitty Hawk should reach its destination in just over one hundred minutes from now. Bobbie and Lou?"

For Justice, though she’s painted blind, is to the weaker side inclined. SAMUEL BUTLER (1612–1680). 1. The Navy lieutenant poked his close-cropped head into the aircraft carrier’s wardroom. It’s going to be another two hours, gentlemen. You should really get some sleep. Bobbie and Lou?" Back to CNN Center in Atlanta and a two-shot of Lou Waters and Bobbie Battista. Thanks, Karen," said Battista.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. When a disabled spaceship enters Earth's atmosphere, seven members of the advanced Tosok race are welcomed by the world. Then a popular scientist is murdered.

Author: Robert Sawyer. Publisher: Ace Books, 1997. Aliens, Tosoks, have finally made contact with Earth, but there are only seven of them, and they’ve arrived in a disabled spaceship

Author: Robert Sawyer. Aliens, Tosoks, have finally made contact with Earth, but there are only seven of them, and they’ve arrived in a disabled spaceship. The Tosoks are intelligent and surprisingly easy to communicate with, and are happy to tour Earth and see what humans have to offer. But during a stop in Los Angeles, one of the human scientists traveling with the Tosoks is gruesomely murdered, and all evidence points to the alien Hask.

Illegal Alien is a science fiction and mystery novel by Canadian novelist Robert J. The book won the 2002 Seiun Award, in Japan, for Best Foreign Novel. The story was published in hardback in December 1997, and appeared in paperback in England in January 1998 and in the United States in January 1999. An alien spacecraft arrives on Earth, contact is established, and the two peoples begin to learn about each other.

In Illegal Alien, Robert J. Sawyer manages to convince me that aliens from Alpha Centauri have come to Earth . Sawyer manages to convince me that aliens from Alpha Centauri have come to Earth and need our help repairing their spaceship. He fails to convince me that the California District Attorney could try one of those aliens for first degree murder. May 30, 2018 Debbie rated it liked it.

I really liked Illegal Alien. It was written at the time of the . This is fine, as it allows the author some.

When a disabled spaceship enters Earth's atmosphere, seven members of the advanced Tosok race are welcomed by the world. Then a popular scientist is murdered, and all evidence points to one of the Tosoks. I really liked Illegal Alien.

Although the intelligent visitors of the Tosok race are initially welcomed by all when their ship is disabled and lands on Earth, people's feelings for the Tosoks take a sudden turn for the worse when a human scientist is found dead
There are a number of similarities between Illegal Alien, published in 1997, and Robert Sawyer's more recent Calculating God. In both novels, aliens who are apparently amiable travel to Earth. In both, crazy humans make trouble for the aliens. And human and alien characters in both discuss evolution and debate the likelihood of divine creation. Where that discussion becomes the focus of Calculating God, it is a sideshow for most of Illegal Alien, a novel that reads like a John Grisham courtroom drama with the addition of an alien defendant. Still, alien concepts of divinity do become a significant plot point in Illegal Alien, adding to the sense that Illegal Alien was a test run for (or perhaps inspired) Calculating God.

A handful of aliens known as Tosoks come to Earth seeking help for an engine problem that has stranded them in our solar system. Two key members of the team assigned to interact with the aliens are Frank Nobilio, the president's science advisor, and Cletus Calhoun, an astronomer who hosts a popular show on PBS. While parts are being fabricated to repair the alien ship, the aliens go on tour. They happen to be in California when Calhoun is found dead, his leg having been amputated and some of his organs removed during a crude dissection. A Tosok named Hask is arrested for murdering Calhoun. He's defended by a Johnnie Cochran clone named Dale Rice. The story turns into both a whodunit and a whydunit. Sawyer's answers to those questions are clever and satisfying.

I give Sawyer credit for doing his homework. His explanation of legal procedures is accurate and his consideration of defense strategies is sound. As courtroom dramas go, this one is about average, but the alien angle gives it an offbeat appeal. Through Hask and other characters, Sawyer indulges in fairly astute commentary on a variety of social issues, including the American system of criminal justice, racism and xenophobia, and the causes of crime, while feeding the reader useful information about evolution and astronomy.

Sawyer has some fun with cameo appearances: Barbara Walters interviews Hask; O.J. Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark walks through the courthouse; broadcast journalist Miles O'Brien interviews Calhoun; Steven Spielberg attends a reception for the Tosoks. His invented characters (both human and alien) aren't as fully formed as those in Calculating God; they seem like pencil sketches of real people. The novel is nonetheless worth reading for its engaging plot, one that should appeal to fans of science fiction and legal thrillers alike.
While mostly entertaining, I found this book rather contrived. I didn't enjoy the original OJ trial, and didn't enjoy the rehashing of it in "Illegal Alien" -- complete with a cameo from prosecutor Marcia Clark. Also, the writing style seemed somewhat immature, for lack of a better description. (There was an odd overuse of the name "Stephen J. Gould," for example.)
I found the SF side of the book disappointing as well. The explanation of Tosok evolution is, scientifically, improbably at best. As this forms the basis for the entire story (is the reason the Tosoks came to Earth), I found the book to have a very low "believability factor."
These criticisms aside, I read the book quickly, and enjoyed it overall. Sawyer had some interesting ideas, especially the blending of genres, and I would be interested to read another crossover book like this one. (Without any reference--explicit or otherwise--to the OJ Simpson trial, please!) If you're thinking about buying this book, wait for the paperback edition.
Sawyer delivers a great courtroom drama and an awesome look at aliens.
I am a big fan of Robert J. Sawyer and consider him the best scifi writer available right now. This book fall in his middle of the road efforts (I give it 3 1/2 stars). Having read such excellent works such as the Neanderthal series, Calculating G-d, Mindscan and Factoring Humanity, I was a little bit disappointed by this one which is more a like a scifi version of a John Grisham courtroom novel.

A group of aliens lands on Earth and their ship needs repairs for them to leave. Little is known about them or their actual intentions. In the meantime a popular TV personality is murdered apparently by one of the aliens. The LA District Attorney decides to prosecute the accussed alien calling for the death penalty. An aide to the President tries to help the alien and hires one of the top criminal lawyers who had experience working on the OJ Simpson trial.

The book then turns into a courtroom drama with many pages devoted to boring court procedures (note: it worked real well in Mindscan but this approach falls short in this novel). You expect the other aliens to revolt but they all seem ambivilent to the whole situation.

Not to give away the ending but the case is somewhat solved similar to an episode of the original Star Trek series (no doubt, Sawyer got his idea from it since he constantly reference Star Trek throughout the book).

I definately would not recommend starting with this book if you are new to Sawyer but if, like me, you want to read all his works then you should definately read this.

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