|Plot Summary of The Visitors|
THE VISITORS has been first published in 1980.
Hundreds of huge extra-terrestrial black boxes have landed in the U.S.A. They eat trees and produce balls of cellulose. After a few days, they start to churn out little black boxes that eat the cellulose balls. As these aliens don't have an aggressive behaviour, the population soon gets used to them while the White House is desperately trying to find a way to communicate with them.
Now, Jerry Conklin has discovered a lost place in the Iowa forests where three black boxes have started to produce automobiles. It seems that these aliens want to thank the country for having let them eat in peace its forests. But the Washington administration is not so happy with that and fears that the automobile industry will collapse if everybody can have a car for free in the next months.
This synopsis report prepared by Daniel Staebler
|Chapter Analysis of The Visitors|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 50%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 20%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
Explore/1st contact/ enviro story
- generally friendly contact with alien(s)
- 20th century
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- a moderate amount of scientific explanation
How much dialogue?
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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