Review of Red Dot: Contact by Eugene Linn

Red Dot: Contact. Will the Gravest Threat Come from Closer to Home than We Expect? by Eugene Linn
First Contact: Hope or Fear?


The front cover of Red Dot: ContactThis well-written novel documents how people and societies might react to the knowledge that we are not alone in the universe. More specifically, it tells the story of how humanity reacts to the discovery of a fast-approaching alien spaceship and the unexplained appearance of thousands of mysterious red dots that appear overnight. (Note that for this reason, I would have named the book Red Dots, not Red Dot.) Much of the book seems to mirror current news, especially in light of presidential politics. The writing, characterization, and dialog seemed fine.

On the other hand, I found apparent problems with the alien’s spaceship and communications technology difficult to believe. While somewhat plausible, I found the ending of the book frustrating, and I suspect that other lovers of science fiction might feel the same way. Without revealing any spoilers, I wouldn’t be surprised if many readers would also prefer a different outcome.
November 3, 2016

About Donald

A computer geek by day, Donald Firesmith works as a system and software engineer helping the US Government acquire large, complex software-intensive systems. In this guise, he has authored seven technical books, written numerous software- and system-related articles and papers, and spoken at more conferences than he can possibly remember. He is also proud to have been named a Distinguished Engineer by the Association of Computing Machinery, although his pride is tempered somewhat worrying whether the term “distinguished” makes him sound more like a graybeard academic rather than an active engineer whose beard is still more red than gray. By night and on weekends, his alter ego writes modern paranormal fantasy, apocalyptic science fiction, action and adventure novels and relaxes by handcrafting magic wands from various magical woods and mystical gemstones. His first foray into fiction is the book Magical Wands: A Cornucopia of Wand Lore written under the pen name Wolfrick Ignatius Feuerschmied. He lives in Crafton, Pennsylvania with his wife Becky, his son Dane, and varying numbers of dogs, cats, and birds.
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