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Learning The World: A novel of first contact Hardcover – 16 September 2005
- Publisher : Orbit; 1st edition (16 September 2005)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 352 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1841493430
- ISBN-13 : 978-1841493435
- Dimensions : 15.8 x 3.1 x 24.2 cm
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However, the alien civilisation might be bats (literally!) but they're really like quaint middle-class pseudo-Victorians, polite and well-meaning. There's a hint of menace in the possibility of war, but if humans truly do meet another species, this sounds like the best possible scenario.
On the other hand, it's good to see an SF author not resting on the easy plot device of the "wormhole". The humans in this story travel between the stars the hard way: the trip took four hundred years.
A great story, and one I'd recommend to younger readers, too.