Illegal Alien

Illegal Alien

eBook - 2009
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When a disabled starship enters the Earth's atmosphere, fear is quickly replaced with awe. The first contact ever between humans and aliens is made. Seven incredibly intelligent members of an advanced race are welcomed by the world. In exchange for the resources and help to repair their ship, they offer to share their knowledge and technology.

But as the people of Earth put their best faces forward, the growing sense of trust is shattered. A popular scientist, part of the aliens' traveling entourage, is found dead -- mutilated and dismembered by a mysterious weapon. All evidence points to one of them. Scrambling to avoid a planetary incident, the United States government acquires the country's leading civil rights lawyer to defend the alien. In the unprecedented trial, human and alien cultures clash. And when the search for justice threatens to overshadow the truth, there may be more at stake than accounting for one human life...

Publisher: Toronto : Penguin Canada, 2009, c1997
ISBN: 9780143180630
0143180630
Characteristics: 1 online resource (399 p.)

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mammothhawk229e
Sep 15, 2017

Read like near future Perry Mason/Matlock episode homage with dash of 1950s first contact trope. Ah, alien defendant have huge secret. It was over sexual reproduction rights ,but not the one Humans normally think.

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zipread
Sep 19, 2011

This is a book that virtually reads itself. The words fly off the page and into your mind just as fast as they can. Once you start reading this book for sure you’ve got to be hooked. There’s no shilly-shallying about setting the scene or establishing personalities. The plot hits overdrive about as fast as a piece of space junk slices through the atmosphere. Sawyer’s science fiction is realistic (once you get over the concept of aliens --- chick lit this ain ‘t ); it “holds the mirror up to humanity” (in the words of one of my favorite English tutors); it speculates about the connections between our biology and our view of the world and our morality. But don’t let that scare you off readin’ this book. You gotta read this book ‘cause it’s just plain fun to read. What more justification do you need?

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