Adam Roberts, Anticopernicus (2011). 0.86p. Available for Kindle download on Amazon.
Update: also available for download in EPUB format from Wizard Tower books (same price). While you're there, you may want to check out their other many excellent books.
I feel a bit sheepish about temporarily hijacking this blog to advertise one of my own books; but here we are -- a new venture for me, self ePublishing. This is what 'they' call a 'Dwarf Novel': four chapters, c.15,000 words, eighty-six pence, never before published, and not to be made available in any other way. I'd be very grateful if you bought a copy. No, I don't know who 'they' are.
What's it about? I'm glad you asked.
First contact: despite our cosmic littleness, the aliens have come to visit. But they have parked their interstellar craft on the outskirts of the solar system, and despite friendly interaction (their English is fluent and idiomatic) they will come no closer. So an Earth ship, the "Leibniz", crewed by the best and the brightest, begins the slow haul towards the Oort cloud, in the hopes that meeting these alien creatures will answer the most profound questions humanity can ask. Anticopernicus is not their story, though. It is instead the story of Ange Mlinko, an ordinary pilot working the Earth-Mars trade routes, largely uninterested in the arrival of alien intelligences. And because the focus is on her, it remains to be seen whether this short novel can answer the following questions: why have the aliens come? Why won't they come any closer than the furthest edges of the solar system? What does this have to do with the nature of the mysterious ‘dark energy’ pervading the cosmos? What about the celebrated Fermi Paradox? And most pressingly: could Copernicus have been wrong all along?One final note: the splendid cover art you can see there was done by the very talented Bruce Asher. If you're looking for cover- or poster-art for any reason, I recommend him: he works quickly, to a high standard, and his rates are very reasonable.
Normal service on this blog will be resumed as soon as possible. The owl-with-his-eyes-shut in the top right of the main page, there, is ashamed of me.