Tor, 1999). Novel, 90000 words.
Working title: Contact High. The empathic Dr. Prilicla
(to paraphrase the blurb copy) is put in command of a Sector General
rescue mission answering three simultaneous distress beacons.
He finds (a) two previously unknown intelligent species, one of
which has almost exterminated the other, and (b) a rare opportunity
to redeem a botched first-contact operation. The establishment
of meaningful communication with ETs always intrigued James White.
As he once told me (over several medicinal libations): "Treating
sick aliens is all very well and good. But what kinds of
worlds do they come from? What makes their societies tick?"
In Double Contact, especially, White easily outdid his favourite
short story on the subject: Murray Leinster's classic 'First Contact'
(Astounding, May 1945).
Synopsis by graham Andrews
Tor Books, 1999.Hardback.
Tor Books, 2000, paperback.
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