Stardance by Spider and Jeanne Robinson. In the end the only way to communicate with the aliens is with dance (somewhat obvious). This is part of a trilogy including Starseed and Starmind, but I found Stardance the most surprising.
BTW, If you like a little (or lot) of comedy with your si-fi, Robinson’s Callahan’s Saloon series is pretty good, though the earliest books are the best (as I have found with many long running series).
I just added both of them to my Wish List on Amazon ... but I'm confused -- how many books are there in this series? Are "Olympos", "The Rise of Endymion", and "The Fall of Hyperion" part of the series?
Personally, I really wish they would make a film of Eon...
I'm trying to remember what I've read of Dan Simmons -- I know that I have read him, but since nothing comes to mind I'm assuming I didn't rate him too highly.
This blog (and one or more follow-ups that are coming soon) are focused on the lesser-known books (and films I guess) ... I have no doubt that I will be penning a blog on "SyFy Classics" in the not-so-distant future (grin)
Old classics, but not exactly unknown: Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land" and "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress." My new favorite sci-fi author is Dan Simmons; his novels "Ilium" and "Olympos" are the best I have read in a long time. A re-enactment of the Trojan War in a high-tech future.
I have quite a few more books I plan on mentioning in future columns, but I also welcome your feedback (on my suggestions) and your input with regard to science fiction (and fantasy) books that you found to be "world changing" ... but that never seemed to make the "best seller" lists...
You can provide a brief comment here, and/or you can email me a short (or long) review at max@CliveMaxfield.com -- in the latter case I will include your review (will full attribution to you, of course) in a future column...
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