Ace, Nov 2001, 5.99, 208 pp.
On two planets galaxies away from each other life surfaced on both at the equivalent solar time. As the millenniums pass Earth inhabitants travel into deep space, but the natives of Kivlan stay planet-bound. The earthlings reach Kivlan, but the locals tell them to leave. A destructive laser beam enforces the command so the spaceship departs. On earth, the leaders refuse to accept the insult quietly and send a fully armed military excursion to teach the Kivlan a lesson.
No one on Earth realizes that the Kivlans are a peaceful congenial people who are a bit lazy so they invented the means of converting thoughts into objects. Their bellicose behavior towards the first visitors is out of character, but recent volcanic activity has left everyone on edge. The Kivlans expect the earthlings to return, but will this visit turn ugly with hostilities leading to mass destruction or will calm prevail?
Although this novel starts off as a Flash Gordon type of Science Fiction, the story line quickly turns upside down and spoofs first contact tales such as the Arrival. The characters from both species seem real and engage the audience to want to know more about them especially the Kivlan natives. JD Austin provides a refreshing tale of first contact that showcases a peerless writing style that and readers will derive joy from this reading experience.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner