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Second contact
Resnick, Michael D.
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New York : T. Doherty Associates, 1990.
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"A TOR book"--T.p. verso.
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Mike Resnick was born on March 5, 1942. He sold his first article in 1957, his first short story in 1959, and his first book in 1962. He attended the University of Chicago from1959 through 1961. Resnick began writing stories under various pseudonyms and churned out more than 200 novels, 300 short stories and 2,000 articles, from1964 through1976. He edited 7 different tabloid newspapers and a pair of men's magazines, as well.

Beginning with Shaggy B.E.M. Stories in 1988, Resnick has also become an anthology editor, and was nominated for a Best Editor Hugo in 1994 and 1995. His list of anthologies in print and in press totals more than 20. Since 1989, he has won four Hugo Awards, a Nebula Award, and has been nominated for 19 Hugos, eight Nebulas, a Clarke (British), and five Seiun-shos (Japanese). He has also won 10 Homer Awards, an Alexander Award, a Golden Pagoda Award, the Seiun Award (Japanese), a Hayakawa SF Award (Japanese), a Locus Award, an Ignotus Award (Spanish), a Futura Award (Croatian), the Tour Eiffel Award (French), the Prix Ozone (French), two Sfinks Awards and a Fantastyka Award (both Polish), and has topped the S. F. Chronicle Poll six times and the Asimov's Readers Poll twice.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

In this respectable sf thriller, the court-martial of an insane spaceman turns out to have all sorts of implications, including those involving human relations with an alien race. Resnick's pacing is brisk (it will certainly keep readers turning pages) and his dialogue has improved. The characters and setting are not as developed as in some of his other recent work, but, nevertheless, this is a solid effort by a prolific, versatile, and increasingly popular author. Recommended for larger sf collections. --Roland Green

Publisher's Weekly Review

In the year 2065, Max Becker, lawyer and major in the U.S. Army, is ordered to defend Commander Wilbur Jennings, captain of the spaceship Roosevelt , against the charge of having murdered two of his crewmen. Jennings freely confesses that he killed two people, but says they were alien impersonators. He refuses to let Becker enter a plea of insanity, claiming that he is the innocent victim of a conspiracy. With the help of his computer-hacker friend Jaimiesp ok Nchobe, Becker tries to gather evidence to convince Jennings that he is wrong. In the process, Becker discovers that he himself is marked for extermination. Resnick (Santiago) weaves a tight and well paced SF murder mystery with a pleasingly logical, yet unexpected resolution. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Resnick skillfully weaves a story of intrigue and government coverup. Commander Jennings kills two of his starship crew members because he ``feels'' they are aliens. Lawyer Max Becker is assigned to what he feels is an open-and-shut case of temporary insanity. Then several attempts are made on Becker's life; witnesses disappear and the body count rises. While the characterization is superficial, readers will be pulled into this thought-provoking science-fiction thriller. --John Lawson, Fairfax County Public Library, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.