For years, writers and filmmakers have speculated about the possibility of the Earth being invaded by aliens from another planet. But what if the aliens have been watching us, infiltrating us via human collaborators, or even surgically altering themselves to look human? Read more...
For years, writers and filmmakers have speculated about the possibility of the Earth being invaded by aliens from another planet. But what if the aliens have been watching us, infiltrating us via human collaborators, or even surgically altering themselves to look human?
Occupied Earth is a groundbreaking anthology that explores the idea of what the world would look like years after its conquest. 20 years after a successful invasion by the Makh-Ra, humanity still exists, only it has become subservient to a race of occupiers who govern the devastated planet. But, as much at things continue with some sense of normalcy, something has happened in the Mahk-Ra s empire. Earth, once considered a strategic beachhead of major importance to the Empire, has been downgraded in its value. Things are starting to degrade. Our planet is the last place any self-respecting Mahk-Ra officer wants to be assigned. Yet, despite everything, life continues.
These stories bring us face to face with annihilation and show how we can pull ourselves back from the brink. Featuring Rachel Howzell Hall, Lisa Morton, Matthew V. Clemens, Howard Hendrix, Nathan Walpow and more, OCCUPIED EARTH is coming. Stay safe. Stay strong. Survive at all costs."
- ISBN-13: 9781940610528
- ISBN-10: 1940610524
- Publisher: Polis Books
- Publish Date: October 2015
- Page Count: 352
- Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.9 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-07-13
- Reviewer: Staff
The 14 SF stories in this alien invasion anthology deliver plenty of action and little else. The editors’ “Hunter X,” about a plot to murder an alien war hero, provides a kind of frame story for the other works. Human EMTs practice small-scale defiance in Rachel Howzell Hall and David W. Hall’s “Do No Harm.” An old holiday that originated on Earth provides the crucial distraction in a rebel plot in Lisa Morton’s “Union Day.” Intrigue drives the action in Rob Hunt’s “How the Game Is Played,” Cliff Allen’s “Strange Alliance,” and Richard M. Johnson’s “A Day in the Life.” Craig Faustus Buck’s “Second Coming,” about an alien scientist’s plan to clone Christ from the Shroud of Turin, and Howard V. Hendrix’s “Location, Location, Location,” with its plot to alter alien “hearts and minds” through “guided oneironautics” and bad TV, are played completely straight for all their overt wackiness. This forgettable collection attempts to explore classic SF themes, but it’s hobbled by weak worldbuilding, lackluster characterization, and an enemy that feels in no way alien. (Oct.)