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First Contact: Or, It's Later Than You Think

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Staff Pick

It's a tall order, setting out to write a satire chock full of aliens as an homage to Kurt Vonnegut, but Evan Mandery pulls it off brilliantly in First Contact. It's a zany narrative full of pop references, Woody Allen tributes, and hilarious asides by the author, all made funnier by Mandery's deadpan delivery. But under all its perfect wackiness is some very timely, important stuff about politics, love, and the future of life on our planet. And Bundt cakes.
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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

A satirical joyride in the tradition of Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams, First Contact introduces us to the hyper-intelligent Rigelians, who admire Woody Allen movies and Bundt cake, and who urge the people of Earth to mend their ways to avoid destruction of their planet. But the president of the United States, a God-fearing, science-doubting fitness fanatic, is skeptical of the evidence presented to him and sets in motion a chain of events that will change the lives of his young attache, an alien scam artist, several raccoons, and a scientist who has predicted the end of the universe. Parrot sketch excluded.

Review:

"Mandery's digression-filled narrative, covering topics ranging from Woody Allen's early comedies to Rigelian Bundt cake, spoofs contemporary popular culture while telling an irresistibly good story." Booklist

Review:

"Mandery's allegorical portraits of people, governments, life on other planets, and philosophy range from amusing to laugh-out-loud funny." Library Journal

Review:

"Very funny....Mandery's gleefully chaotic narrative packs just the right punch as he weaves in heady inter-galactic topics of censorship, physics, and, yes, the PTA." G. Xavier Robillard, author of Captain Freedom

Review:

"First Contact was love at first sight! What a hilarious ride — the uber surreal meets The Daily Show. I'm now staring at the cosmic calendar waiting for Mandery's next contact." Tim Dorsey, author of Nuclear Jellyfish

Synopsis:

“What a hilarious ride—the übersurreal meets The Daily Show.”
 —Tim Dorsey, author of Nuclear Jellyfish

 

In the bestselling and rightfully cult-inspiring tradition of Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams comes First Contact—an hysterically funny satire about Presidential politics and intergalactic misunderstanding. This smart and biting novel by Evan Mandery—an author equally well-versed in the lives of the U.S. presidents, existential philosophy, and the Simpsons—offers much food for intellectual thought along with an all-you-can-eat buffet of laughs, as it chronicles the first close encounters between earthlings and a vastly superior extraterrestrial race from Rigel-Rigel. As the subtitle of First Contact so presciently informs us, “Its Later than You Think.”

Synopsis:

A satirical joyride in the tradition of Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams, First Contact introduces us to the hyper-intelligent Rigelians, who admire Woody Allen movies and Bundt cake, and who urge the people of Earth to mend their ways to avoid destruction of their planet. But the president of the United States, a God-fearing, science-doubting fitness fanatic, is skeptical of the evidence presented to him and sets in motion a chain of events that will change the lives of his young attaché, an alien scam artist, several raccoons, and a scientist who has predicted the end of the universe. Parrot sketch excluded.

About the Author

Evan Mandery is a graduate of Harvard Law School, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, and the author of two works of non-fiction and a small press novel, Dreaming of Gwen Stefani.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780061749773
Author:
Mandery, Evan
Publisher:
Harper Paperbacks
Author:
Mandery, Evan J.
Author:
Simon, Seymour
Subject:
Presidents
Subject:
Human-alien encounters
Subject:
General
Subject:
Humorous fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Earthquakes & Volcanoes
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20100131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from K to 4
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.12x5.32x.68 in. .46 lbs.
Age Level:
from 5 to 9

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"Staff Pick" by ,

It's a tall order, setting out to write a satire chock full of aliens as an homage to Kurt Vonnegut, but Evan Mandery pulls it off brilliantly in First Contact. It's a zany narrative full of pop references, Woody Allen tributes, and hilarious asides by the author, all made funnier by Mandery's deadpan delivery. But under all its perfect wackiness is some very timely, important stuff about politics, love, and the future of life on our planet. And Bundt cakes.

"Review" by , "Mandery's digression-filled narrative, covering topics ranging from Woody Allen's early comedies to Rigelian Bundt cake, spoofs contemporary popular culture while telling an irresistibly good story."
"Review" by , "Mandery's allegorical portraits of people, governments, life on other planets, and philosophy range from amusing to laugh-out-loud funny."
"Review" by , "Very funny....Mandery's gleefully chaotic narrative packs just the right punch as he weaves in heady inter-galactic topics of censorship, physics, and, yes, the PTA."
"Review" by , "First Contact was love at first sight! What a hilarious ride — the uber surreal meets The Daily Show. I'm now staring at the cosmic calendar waiting for Mandery's next contact."
"Synopsis" by ,

“What a hilarious ride—the übersurreal meets The Daily Show.”
 —Tim Dorsey, author of Nuclear Jellyfish

 

In the bestselling and rightfully cult-inspiring tradition of Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams comes First Contact—an hysterically funny satire about Presidential politics and intergalactic misunderstanding. This smart and biting novel by Evan Mandery—an author equally well-versed in the lives of the U.S. presidents, existential philosophy, and the Simpsons—offers much food for intellectual thought along with an all-you-can-eat buffet of laughs, as it chronicles the first close encounters between earthlings and a vastly superior extraterrestrial race from Rigel-Rigel. As the subtitle of First Contact so presciently informs us, “Its Later than You Think.”

"Synopsis" by , A satirical joyride in the tradition of Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams, First Contact introduces us to the hyper-intelligent Rigelians, who admire Woody Allen movies and Bundt cake, and who urge the people of Earth to mend their ways to avoid destruction of their planet. But the president of the United States, a God-fearing, science-doubting fitness fanatic, is skeptical of the evidence presented to him and sets in motion a chain of events that will change the lives of his young attaché, an alien scam artist, several raccoons, and a scientist who has predicted the end of the universe. Parrot sketch excluded.
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