The Man who Fell to Earth

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Walter Tevis: The Man who Fell to Earth (Paperback, 2005, Del Rey)

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Published Nov. 3, 2005 by Del Rey.

ISBN:
978-0-345-49010-0
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OCLC Number:
61710692

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This was my first read by Walter Tevis, and I’m glad it was. I don’t remember how I first heard of his works, maybe in some sci-fi list recommendation, but I am glad I decided to check him out. This book in particular is a great one to start with even if you’re unfamiliar with the sci-fi genre. The book’s premise is essentially a First Contact story, which is one of my favorite tropes, but the story is greater than the sum of its parts. This is not just about the alien, Thomas Jerome Newton, but about the corrupting force of humanity and what it means to have a purpose. There are a lot of philosophical underpinnings at play in this book, which is why I enjoyed it. Newton was writing during the great uncertainty around the Cold War and with increasing concern about environmentalism—and it is a bit sad …

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