AGENT TO THE STARS
This is Scalzi's first science fiction novel -- first published on his website, then
in a limited hardcover edition and now, finally, in paperback. It's a first-contact tale unlike any other, told through the lens of Hollywood with aliens who look like The Blob. Written with humor, warmth and compassion, this is a fast-paced and entertaining read.
Tom Stein is one of Hollywood's hottest young agents, and he's just nabbed the deal of a lifetime: introducing the alien Yherajk to humans. There are, however, a few problems. The Yherajk are gelatinous blobs who smell disgusting and have some abilities that, when discovered, will press more than a few of humanity's freak- out buttons.
Tom's going to need all the skills, savvy and creativity he can muster in order to successfully introduce the Yherajk to the world. He may have just closed the biggest movie deal of his career, but the stakes have been bumped up a notch. (TOR, Nov., 352pp., $14.95)