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Wolf Meuller is a 35 year old schizophrenic astrophysicist who is contacted by Eamm, a friendly alien from a far-distant planet, whose advanced civilization has discovered a massive Cloud formation that is heading towards Earth, where it will descend and suffocate every air-breathing creature. Eamm takes Wolf to his planet where he observes a utopian society, and is shown proof of the Cloud's rapid journey towards Earth. Upon his return to Earth, Wolf and those he and Eamm can convince of the imminent catastrophe, work frantically to organize a rescue, whereby humanity as we know it, can be saved from extinction. The President of the United States and other leaders refuse to accept the reality of the Cloud...and the Aliens take matters into their own hands to save as much of humanity as possible, before it is too late. Romance, heartbreak, passion, and despair, all play a role as Wolf, his friends, his sister and her lovers, seek an element of normalcy in the midst of chaos. They are faced with a terrible choice. Who among them will choose to stay on Earth and try to ride out the Cloud in hastily built underground shelters? Who among them will beam up to spaceships that will take them to "Marrias," the alien planet light years from Earth, to hopefuly begin new and better lives? The characters must search deep into themselves before making the painful decision.
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Although the novel was written before September 11, the characters' desperate longing for normalcy in a time of terror, will strike a chord with the reader who is now faced by life and death decisions, such as taking an airplane, or travelling to a foreign country. Perhaps being rescued by a friendly, advanced, humane civilization, by being beamed up to a space ship that will take them to Marrias, will for many, prove to be a comforting fantasy.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 30%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   generally friendly contact with alien(s)    -   preventing/surviving an ecological disaster Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   mental illness/nutsophrenia Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   20's-30's Really unusual traits?    -   Mentally ill or deluded


Terrain    -   Desert    -   Water    -   Mountains    -   Space, need spacesuit    -   Domed/Underground City Earth setting:    -   current (early 21st century) A substantial portion of this book takes place on a non-Earth planetary body:    -   humans in a futuristic society    -   inhabited by friendly aliens    -   very controlled society Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   descript of touching personal anatomy    -   lesbians! How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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