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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.
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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.
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Plot & Themes

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    -   Yes Explore:    -   generally friendly contact with alien(s)

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

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

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