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- DescriptionOn the face of it, this is the story of Dave Smart, business studies lecturer, as he leads three colleagues on a tour of discovery to the Smiling Disc star system, 19 light years from home. Their main purpose is to investigate business practice on Kalista-mm, the larger of the system's two planets, and gather material for Dave's new book, 'Doing Business on Other Planets.' Visits to a sulphur mine, an old-established bank and a drinks company give the Earthlings surprising insights into the way of life of aliens who have developed along somewhat different lines from us. It's t only that they have big moustaches and white blood, or that they drink sulphuric acid and lay eggs. The inhabitants of Kalista-mm are the epitome of political incorrectness, and are disarmingly honest about it. But is this all there is to it or does the author's domicile in Thailand hint at some more terrestrial satire in the story? Is Kalista-mm an allegorical Asia? Certainly the Kalistan-mms have some Asian speech characteristics and the humans' confusion and awe when presented with ways of doing things so different from the ones they're used to on Earth is remarkably similar to Westerners' bafflement when confronted with practices in Asia. Either way, the main benefit of studying a way of life different from ours is that it teaches us more about ourselves. The group's observations provide plenty of scope for taking cruel swipes at many of things we hold precious: government, big business, justice, democracy, climate change, science, religion and do-gooders generally. It all adds up to a hilarious jaunt around a little-kwn quadrant of the galaxy (or the world) and a satisfying dig at many of our own sacred cows.
- Author BiographyWilliam Peskett was educated in Belfast and at Cambridge University, where he read natural sciences. He has worked in teaching, journalism, marketing, design management and corporate relations. He now lives and writes in Pattaya, Thailand. Peskett has published two volumes of poems, the first of which won an Eric Gregory Award. These were followed by three novels, two books of short stories, one of verse and a collection of essays about ex-pat life in his adopted country. You can find out more and contact the author via his official website, www.williampeskett.com.
- Author(s)William Peskett
- Date of Publication07/05/2012
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectScience Fiction & Fantasy
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight227 g
- Width133 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine11 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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