|Plot Summary of Blackwell's Dilemma|
The USA has always offered opportunity to repressed peoples of other lands. But it wasn't about to extend that to these creatures!
Around the world small groups of people scan space for signs of extra-terrestrial intelligence, but what are they supposed to do when they find it? And if it comes from only just beyond the orbit of Pluto and the senders are heading this way what should they do? Tell the President, that's what, even though it's a new President in the first week of office.
And what that President really, really doesn't want to hear is that there is a huge force of alien beings on the way and they're asking that North America be depopulated so they can take it over and live there.
Naturally, the answer is 'no way'. So the aliens demonstrate that they have the power to take whatever isn't given freely - in less than ten seconds they wipe the city of Portland, Oregon, off the map. The President decides, after countering strong objections in a more than ruthless way, to fight back, setting the world on a path that leads inevitably to the biggest air battle it has ever seen.
This synopsis report prepared by Les Broad
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|Chapter Analysis of Blackwell's Dilemma|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 10%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
If an invasion, from Earth/human POV:
- fighting overt invasion (attacking aliens)
War or Invasion
Major kinds of combat:
- air battles
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- politician/elected ruler
- current (early 21st century)
- one or two man fighter/scoutship
Takes place on Earth?
Takes place in spaceship?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- none/very little science jargon needed
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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