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Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict--The Arrival [Hardcover]

Fred Saberhagen
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Dec 17 1999 Earth: Final Conflict (Book 1)
Jonathan Doors. A man at the head of the world's largest corporation, Doors International. A man of wealth and power, with the resources to change the world. A man whose life is about to change forever.

In the early days of the twenty-first century, The Earth stands still to hear the message: "We are the Companions...."

The Taelons have arrived from beyond the stars on mission of mercy, to help humanity claim its destiny. Contacted by these Companions, Jonathan Doors helps introduce the aliens and their fantastic technology to the world. but there is a dark shadow behind the Taelons' bright promises, and when it is revealed to Jonathan Doors, he will become their greatest enemy.

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With this enticing novel, the prolific Saberhagen (Ariadne's Web, reviewed above) offers a prequel adventure to Gene Roddenberry's popular television series Earth: Final Conflict. Multibillionaire Jonathan Doors is the focus of this account of the first visit to Earth by deep space Taelons and of the formation of the human Resistance. The Taelons come bearing "many wondrous things," including a possible cure for Doors's wife, Amanda, who is dying of cystic fibrosis at the dawn of the third millennium. Despite the Taelons' apparent goodwill, Doors struggles with his distrust of the aliens, especially when they evidence a sinister curiosity about his recently purchased Hearst estate, the art-filled San Simeon. While Doors puzzles over the real motive of Taelon emissary Va'lon, Doors's father, Jubal, shows up with a tall tale about a high-profile party that took place at San Simeon in 1936. Jubal, then 16, was invited to the party to accompany a young Marilynesque starlet, but while there he stumbled into some intergalactic trouble. Jubal's detailed account of his "trip of a lifetime" picks up the novel's previously dragging pace, and his descriptions of a space station where "re-adaptation" occurs convey a vivid sense of aural and spatial disorientation. When the Taelons' actions confirm his father's story, Doors goes into action. The ensuing excitement includes a miniwar, a cleverly disguised superpower entity that gives the Taelons a run for their money and, in the novel's frantic conclusion, some old-fashioned knuckle-sandwich work: in other words, space operatics enough to satisfy any fan. (Dec.) FYI: In February, Tor will release the second novel in the Earth: Final Conflict series, The First Protector by SF veteran James White.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The beginning of the third millennium brings with it the arrival of the alien race known as Taelons. At first, multibillionaire Jonathan Doors welcomes the seemingly peaceful extraterrestrial visitors and uses his influence to introduce them to Earth's movers and shakers. When he discovers the true purpose of their visit, however, Doors disappears, becoming a fugitive bent on the destruction of the Taelons. Based on the popular TV series originated by the late Gene Roddenberry, Saberhagen's latest novel explores the dark secrets behind the Taelons's arrival on Earth. The author of the Beserker series demonstrates his skill at bringing depth and insight to the story of one man's bitter confrontation with the truth. Media fans will welcome this first installment in a continuing series.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Great Series, BAD Book March 19 2002
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I have enjoyed catching up with this interesting, though sometimes uneven, series now that SciFi is showing it. Turning to the books in order to flesh out some of the back story, I had high hopes. Unfortunately, after beginning well, this book drowns in repetitious and annoying writing. It's as if Saberhagen said, "Well, I have to write a certain number of pages, so I'll just have the same event occur a few times, modifying it slightly, to fulfill my duty." Of the 300 or so pages, about 50 are worth your time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to get into June 12 2001
By A Customer
I am a big fan of Earth Final Conflict and I was looking forward to the book but I got a little bored with it. It seems to drag on in sections but its a good book. I recommend it if you are a fan of the series.
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2.0 out of 5 stars For the MONEY?!! Dec 25 2000
I've probably read over a million pages of Sci-Fi in my 49 years,including just about every word written by Heinlein and Clarke. I haven't read much by Saberhagen, but I'll bet he spends more time and effort on his own material.AS a dyed in the wool E:FC Fan, this is a real stinker that drags all the way through and has none of the appeal and action of the T.V. series. Maybe the teen set love it because it's something from the show, but, in my opinion, the publishers waisted their money,because it seems that is all Mr.Saberhagen was interested in. I'd almost bet that he hadn't even read the E:FC "Bible".
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And I thought this book was really disappointing. And instead of being about how the Taelons came to Earth and it's mostly about Doors father in the 1930's. And there's more about Errol Flynn fooling around with David Niven than anything with Taelons. And Lilly Marguette is on the cover and she's not even in the book. And the author started so many sentences with "and". And it was really annoying, considering I don't think you're supposed to start a sentence with "and". And it got so bad, I couldn't help thinking every sentence started with "and".
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4.0 out of 5 stars Earth Final Conflict: The Arrival July 3 2000
I enjoyed "EFC: The Arrival." I expected the story line of the book to be somewhat different than the television series and was proven correct. There are technical errors throughout the book, many details that do not match from the television series. The mistakes will provide good trivia, faqs, topics, and related material questions that will be talked about in internet news groups and chat rooms. I have also read "EFC: The First Protector" by James White, very enjoyable.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A must read - for insomniacs! A Major Yawn! March 20 2000
What a disappointment! After eagerlay awaiting the first EFC book and having to have it 'hot off the press', after only a few chapters I wondered why I bothered. The author began the story with gusto then became mired in the most boring trivia, going on ad nauseum for over a hundred pages where nothing more happened than Doors slept / tried to find food / got lost / found his way again and had some terrible visions. The inaccuracies with the storyline were a glaring embarrassment. One could have forgiven those errors if the story had been rivetting enough to hold a reader's attention. The only saving grace, I really liked the dust cover. Please Mr. Saberhagen do your homework before you attempt another novel. It makes for excellent bedtime reading ... for an insomniac.
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I thought this book was OK. Not great. I would think they would want to start the EFC book line with the best story they could get. Still this book had it's good points. It didn't totally rewrite EFC history. The story does explain how Doors starts to suspect and work against the Talons. Thats the good point of the book.
The bad points. Mainly technical plot errors. Errors which show that the writer of this book does not exactly watch the show reguarly. 1. The writer does have the Talons touching humans, taking and mimicing their DNA. 2. A rocket missile is said to have hit a Talon shuttle, but the shuttle isn't even scratched. This is contradictory to an episode in which a shuttle is destroyed by a rocket launcher. 3. This mistake was a major disapointment to read. The write says a Talon is scratched, bleeding black blood. Hello! The Talons are suppose to be pure energy! They just had an episode about the Talons being worshiped just becuase of that. There are also numerous refrenses in the show to this fact. (Like when Zo'or was a jury member in the Ro'ha trial.)
I know it's just a book based on a show, but it's still sooo much more enjoyable when a book accurately fits in with the show's plots.
Bottom line: wait for the Paper back if you must read this. Don't get me wrong, the book is good in some points. Just little details like these just ruin the plot sometimes.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected (though I wasn't expecting much)
Usually books that spin off of serialized TV shows tend toward the negligiable, but Saberhagen wisely sets this book at a point before the show's premiere, and sets up some... Read more
Published on Jan. 23 2000
1.0 out of 5 stars "Earth Final Conflict's History re-written"
This book was very bad. I always have a problem when authors go back in the history of a story line without knowing what the show is all about. Read more
Published on Jan. 15 2000
2.0 out of 5 stars Slow Reading & Inaccurate Story Line
The story begins with the arrival of the companions on earth. One of the last ships carrying two Taelons lands near Doors' home. Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2000 by C. Loosen
1.0 out of 5 stars I'm a fan of EFC, but was sorely disappointed
I'm afraid that this novel was very painful reading. The plot flowed slowly, (which would have been okay, if it had only been more substantial,). The dialogue was wooden. Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2000 by Siobhan Mooney
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! Gotta Love It! ! !
I recently bought this book, and being the avid fan of Gene Roddenberry's Earth: Final Conflict that I am, I couldn't put it down! Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2000 by Barry Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Ultra-Cool
'The Arrival' is an ultra-cool book, it is not nearly as 'fannish' as one would expect. There are some plot problems, but not major ones, for example, the show suggests the first... Read more
Published on Dec 27 1999 by Robyn Colopy
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