Brighter than the Stars

By Bill Kowaleski

Draft 1 Posted Date: 5/31/2012

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About the Book:

When Dr. Gerald Landis agrees to look at a strange furnace installed in the home of a student, he discovers something amazing - a fusion reactor generating light and heat for a modest suburban home. He meets the technicians who installed the furnace and discovers that they are militantly vegetarian aliens from the planet Cygnus Prime. The Cygnians are myopically focused on meeting sales quotas and so enlist Dr. Landis to assist them. He and two students travel to their planet to study the reactors but become entangled in local politics. Keyshawn, one of the students, is kidnapped by extremists intent on driving all meat-eating species from Cygnus Prime. A multi-planetary team assembles to rescue him, overcoming bureaucratic obstacles, the advances of sexually obsessed vacationers from Sirius, and vicious wolf-like aliens to find Keyshawn hidden in a cave high in the mountains. But how can they extricate him from the clutches of the extremists?

About the Author:

Bill has been a computer security consultant and manager in former lives, but now writes and teaches English to immigrants. He's an avid hiker and bicyclist.

Author's Note:

Whenever I've read first-contact stories I've wondered why the aliens would want to come to our planet. What's in it for them? In Brighter than the Stars, I apply my experience in the business world to answer this question. What if the aliens were just trying to expand their markets, to sell more of their wares? Earth, with its seven billion inhabitants could be a great market. Say you sold furnaces, very special furnaces that only used a little water for fuel, only expelled a little helium as waste, and lasted millions of years. Humans would want to buy lots of those, wouldnt' they?

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