The unique storytelling talents of Sarah Zettel shine in her new hardback novel, THE QUIET INVASION (4). It is a time of unrest between Earth and her fledgling space colonies, and relations with the Venera settlement are particularly delicate. So when artifacts supposedly of alien origin are found on the surface of Venus, it is not surprising that politics take center stage until a chance encounter with the real aliens escalates into a real crisis, with the future of both human and alien societies at risk. A highly original writer with a gift for the unusual, Ms. Zettel captivates us with a fascinatingly different life-form and challenges us with an unexpected resolution.

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Melinda Helfer