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by Michael Flynn

Genre: Science Fiction, General Science Fiction

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This fascinating, unusual first-contact tale is set simultaneously in medieval Germany and modern times. The interactions between the residents of Eifelheim and the aliens are full of wonder and interest, and the modern-day sleuthing to crack the medieval town's mystery is equally absorbing.

In 1349, the small German hamlet of Eifelheim was abandoned and never resettled. Tom, a historian, and his partner Sharon, a physicist, begin to investigate. What they discover will change their lives forever.

Interwoven with these investigations
is the tale of what really happened in Eifelheim. Father Deitrich, the local priest, is an educated man with an interest in science and philosophy. In the shadow of the Black Death, interstellar beings crash-land in the woods nearby, and Father Dietrich and the townspeople minister to and care for these strangers in a strange land. (Tor, Oct., 320 pp., $24.95)

Reviewed By: Natalie A. Luhrs

Publisher: Tor

Published: October 2006

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