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Not One of Us: Stories of Aliens on Earth

by Neil Clarke (Editor)

Other authors: Gregory Benford (Contributor), Judith Berman (Contributor), Ted Chiang (Contributor), AM Dellamonica (Contributor), Carolyn Ives Gilman (Contributor)16 more, Alaya Dawn Johnson (Contributor), Keffy RM Kehrli (Contributor), James Patrick Kelly (Contributor), Nancy Kress (Contributor), Naomi Kritzer (Contributor), Rich Larson (Contributor), Cixin Liu (Contributor), Ken Liu (Contributor), Paul McAuley (Contributor), Ian McDonald (Contributor), Robert Reed (Contributor), Kelly Robson (Contributor), Michael Swanwick (Contributor), Molly Tanzer (Contributor), Steve Rasnic Tem (Contributor), Caroline M. Yoachim (Contributor)

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Mankind comes face to face with extraterrestrial life in this short fiction reprint anthology from Clarkesworld publisher Neil Clarke. They Are Strangers from Far Lands . . . Science fiction writers have been using aliens as a metaphor for the other for over one hundred years. Superman has otherworldly origins, and his struggles to blend in on our planet are a clear metaphor for immigration. Earth's adopted son is just one example of this "Alien Among Us" narrative. There are stories of assimilation, or the failure to do so. Stories of resistance to the forces of naturalization. Stories told from the alien viewpoint. Stories that use aliens as a manifestation of the fears and worries of specific places and eras. Stories that transcend location and time, speaking to universal issues of group identity and its relationship to the Other. Nearly thirty authors in this reprint anthology grapple both the best and worst aspects of human nature, and they do so in utterly compelling and entertaining ways. Not One of Us is a collection of stories that aren't afraid to tackle thorny and often controversial issues of race, nationalism, religion, political ideology, and other ways in which humanity divides itself.… (more)

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This collection of short stories is an excellent introduction to sci-fi authors I have never read before. Almost all the stories are very well done and left me wanting more. ( )
  rondoctor | Apr 12, 2020 |
Dating from 1998 to 2014, these stories offer a sampling of pre-Trump/nationalist wave takes on alien presence. Cixin Liu’s Taking Care of God stood out for me because of its background assumptions about the place of filial piety—and the resentments that entails—when humanity’s aging parents return home. Kelly Robson’s The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill is about the rape-murder of a Native girl who then saves the world, maybe, or possibly damns it, while no one is looking; it’s very good but very depressing. Ted Chiang’s Story of Your Life is in there as well; also represented: Nancy Kress, Steve Rasnic Tem, Gregory Benford (sigh), and others. ( )
  rivkat | Jan 1, 2019 |
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Clarke, NeilEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benford, GregoryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Berman, JudithContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Chiang, TedContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dellamonica, AMContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gilman, Carolyn IvesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Johnson, Alaya DawnContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kehrli, Keffy RMContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kelly, James PatrickContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kress, NancyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kritzer, NaomiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Larson, RichContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Liu, CixinContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Liu, KenContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McAuley, PaulContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McDonald, IanContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Reed, RobertContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Robson, KellyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Swanwick, MichaelContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tanzer, MollyContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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