And if it isn’t that it’s lizards in people suits.
It seems our notions of First Contact invariably involve a negative outcome for the Earth, with Carl Sagan’s Contact being one of the worthy exceptions. But I can’t help thinking that if it does come, first contact could very well be left of field, something I enjoyed exploring in The Veil.
In 2000 I read a science fiction novel by Greg Bear called Slant, and my jaw hit the floor. Why? Because it was a story that was spookily aligned to a new venture that I and others had instigated just six months before—and Slant was first published in 1997.
The wow moment came about because I could suddenly see where it could all go – Greg Bear was already painting the end game of what I took to be the start of something new. Continue reading