**A Novel of First Contact **
UFO Pulp Fiction for the Modern Mind
Intelligence and imagination blaze through the pages of this novel, which unveils an alien world that is peaceful on the surface yet masks a shadowed past.
An intriguing and dangerous tale of alien contact: We go to their place.
Archaeologist Anna Lewis extracts a coded message from a pre-Colombian sculpture, disclosing that Earth is a failed colony of an ancient galactic race.
Failed colony? Humanity will not be amused.
This results in Anna taking a ride to a planet on the other side of the galaxy, where she meets humanity’s cousins. She struggles to understand that she’s been conscripted into an interplanetary rescue project.
Feisty, contradictory Anna will not simply accept what she is told. But the knowledge from those ancient beings is so overwhelming she must decide whether the societies of Earth will accept what she says.
And if she says anything or not, she could die. Along with the rest of Earth.
Powerfully intimate and inventive, Lee Baldwin’s Aliens Got My Sally is an unforgettable forward look into what we risk as human beings in the unthinking path we pursue now. The novel highlights the cost of disloyalty to one another’s dreams, a stand-alone big idea story that uses the latest in scientific thinking about the nature of the universe as bedrock for carefully-wrought speculative fiction.
This, Baldwin’s fifth novel, shines a light on what humanity could become in the far future.
I LOVED Aliens Got My Sally… I wish all books were this original and well-written! I’ve read a LOT of ‘alien abduction’ literature over the decades (it’s just plain fun reading), so it was especially pleasing to see a different approach! – D. Donovan, Editor
Dystopian first contact novel with a strong female lead
Baldwin found the premise for the story while thinking about the Drake equation, that product of strange-seeming terms that is supposed to estimate the number of intelligent civilizations in our galaxy. It struck him that this estimate is based on independent emergence, therefore the equation cannot predict the expansion of a single species to many planets. He wondered, what if life develops infrequently, but finds its own ways to expand across space? Those ways might include the rise to limitless intelligence, and methods of travel we’ve yet to imagine. In this vision, humanity's cousins were born.
So, what if a spacefaring race did visit Earth in the deep past? Could they have influenced our biology and could we therefore be their genetic cousins? With these assumptions, the human race could be a relatively small twig of a hyper-evolved galactic civilization. Baldwin thought that situation interesting enough to form the premise of this book.
Because of rapid star aging in the early universe, significant amounts of organic and metallic compounds necessary to biological life could have first blown across space in a timespan as short as three million years. The Milky Way galaxy where our planet spins in darkness is nearly as old as the current universe. This means that intelligent life could have appeared in our island universe 13 billion years ago.
What could such species be like today? Could they have progressed through a post-biological state of existence into a non-material one, and departed this universe to seek out a different physics? What if those beings control physics itself, through a hyper-evolved consciousness?
Suppose civilizations exist there, across multiple dimensions of time and space and are aware of us, yet conceal themselves from even our imagination?