Saturday, August 4, 2012

Book Review: Aliens Among Us

This collection of short stories centers around the theme of aliens already being present on Earth and integrated in our culture in various ways.  A number of the stories are good, a number not so.

Authors in this collection include Philip K. Dick, Theodore Sturgeon, Michael Shea and Avrim Davidson amongst others.  It is the stories of those four authors that make up the strength of the collection--particularly "The Other Celia" by Sturgeon which ends in a very unresolved manner and surrounds the discovery of an alien that swaps its own body like a change of clothes, "The Autopsy" by Shea which could serve as the basis for any number of very dark"alien-esqe" movies based here on earth (a film developed from this short story could be terrific), and Dick's "Expendable" which ends in a very Dick-like manner with a wry twist at the end.

All in all, a solid, if not spectacular collection.

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