Today is launch day for my Alien Morning novel. Check it out in your local independent bookstore, or online in the usual places. I could tell you all about it, but I think I'll let some of these top reviewers and famous writers do that, instead. Here are a few reviews and comments on the novel, which was listed among the Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Reads for November by Kirkus, and made the list of io9's 16 Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Books for November.
This is the start to a great trilogy (featuring characters Wilber has introduced in previous short stories) and an enjoyable read for any lover of first-contact sf. -- Booklist
One cool tech twist: Peter uses a multisensory form of mental podcasting to
broadcast a live feed meant to lead the aliens astray. Intergalactic sibling rivalry that toggles between fun and familiar. -- Kirkus
“An intriguing look at colonization from the viewpoint of those being taken over.” -- Publishers Weekly
Brilliantly crafted, fiercely real, ALIEN MORNING is first contact as it may very well happen: experienced by one, shared by all who subscribe. Relentless and original, this is science fiction that matters now. Highly Recommended. – Julie E. Czerneda, The Clan Chronicles
"A startlingly credible reflection of how our society copes--or doesn't cope--with its own strangeness." -- Stephen R. Donaldson
Through a charming first-person celebrity narrator who struggles with his flaws, Wilber deploys these elements so that the human drama reflects and illuminates the interspecies conflict, and vice versa, in a compellingly original way. You'll not soon forget either Peter Holman, the narrator, or Twoclicks, the S'hudonni prince with his alien antagonists and allies. -- Michael Bishop, author of A Funeral for the Eyes of Fire, and Philip K. Dick is Dead, Alas
In this nimble opening to his new series, Rick Wilber complicates his day-after-tomorrow future with a fresh take on First Contact. -- James Patrick Kelly, winner of the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards.
“Alien Morning is an enjoyably thought-provoking novel about human and alien sibling rivalries with potentially civilization-destroying ramifications, punctuated by basketball, high tech, and a unique alien seductress.” — L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
“Chalk up another home run for Wilber, one of the most thoughtful and literate science-fiction writers working today. Alien Morning is classic shoe-on-the-other-foot speculation about Earth itself being colonized, and Wilber pulls it off with sophistication and panache.” — Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Quantum Night
“Rick Wilber has written the best "first contact" story I've seen in decades: deeply human, eerily alien, and altogether an exciting, moving and thought-provoking novel.” — Ben Bova
“A rousing adventure. Kept me guessing to the last line.” —Jack McDevitt
Alien Morning is the best first-contact novel I've read in some time. Rick Wilber has done a lot of original thinking about the nature of the mysterious and seemingly friendly aliens, the S'hudonni, and presents them in a nicely realized near-future setting. His autobiographical storyteller, a celebrity "journo" who's both an athlete and a reporter, is deeply inside the story before he realizes that it may cost him much more than his own life. -- Joe Haldeman