Rick Wilber has written the best first contact story I've seen in decades: deeply human, eerily alien, and altogether an exciting, moving and thought-provoking vel. --Ben BovaThe fate of two civilizations depends on one troubled family in Rick Wilber's science-fiction adventure Alien Morning.Peter Holman is a freelance sweeper. The year 2030 sees a new era in social media with sweepcasting, a multisensory interface that can convey every thought, touch, smell, sight, and sound, immersing the audience in ather person's experience.By fate, chance, or some darker design, Peter is perfectly positioned to be the one human to document the arrival of the aliens, the S'hudonni.The S'hudonni offer advanced science in exchange for various trade goods from Earth. But thing is as simple as it seems. Peter finds himself falling for, Heather Newsome a scientist chosen by the S'hudonni to act as their liaison. Engaged to his brilliant marine biologist brother, Tom, Heather is t what she seems. But Peter has bigger problems. While he and his brother fight over long-standing family troubles, ather issue looms: a secret war among the aliens, who are neither as benevolent r as unified as they first seemed. Peter slowly learns secrets he was never meant to kw, about the S'hudonni, and about his own family. Realizing that he has been used, he can only try to turn his situation around, to save what he can of his life and of the future of Earth.
RICK WILBER has had short fiction published in the major science fiction magazines, including The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. Parts of Alien Morning have beenpublished in Asimov's Science Fiction. He lives in Southern Florida.