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The Alien Years
The Alien Years
Author: Robert Silverberg
It Was The Worst of Times...Fifteen feet tall, the Entities land in cities across Earth. Ignoring humankind, they wall themselves in impenetrable enclaves, enslaving a few willing collaborators with their telepathic PUSH. Then they plunge humans into a new Dark Age without electricity, allowing us to live--but no longer as a dominant spec...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780061051111
ISBN-10: 006105111X
Publication Date: 8/1/1999
Pages: 496
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 30 ratings
Publisher: Eos
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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KirbyHoover avatar reviewed The Alien Years on
Helpful Score: 4
While the surface story is of an alien invasion, the sequestered Carmichael family in thier hilltop "fortress" is the real story. An interesting storyline for those into geneology and history. I found myself checking the beginning chapters of the book for "memories" later referenced and re-familiarizing myself before moving on. I read this book at least once a year. A keeper once you let go of the need to justify alien activities.
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perryfran avatar reviewed The Alien Years on + 1175 more book reviews
One of the best sci-fi novels I have read in some time. Silverberg has always been one of my favorites in this genre and in my opinion, this is one of his best! The novel details an alien invasion over a 50-year period using one family, the Carmichaels, as a focus. The Carmichaels struggle for years through several generations to try to rid the earth of the invaders with no success. Any attempt at killing the invaders results in harsh reprisals including a virus that kills more than half of earth's population. The invaders seem to be invincible and use humans as slave labor. During the invasion, many earthlings collaborate with the invaders and these "quislings" are hated and despised by the rest of humanity. There are several complex characters in the book mostly in the Carmichael family. The patriarch of the family fought in Vietnam and was named Anson, a name passed down through the generations and a nice tribute by Silverberg to Robert Anson Heinlein. Overall, a high recommendation for this one.
Hophead avatar reviewed The Alien Years on + 285 more book reviews
Silverberg delivers with a tale of alien invasion that is as much the story of a remarkable family as it is science fiction. This compelling book will satisfy any reader. Highly recommended.
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An engaging read, although the author didn't seem to know how to resolve his story of alien invasion.