- Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Tor Books (Nov 15 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812511131
- ISBN-13: 978-0812511130
- Product Dimensions: 17 x 9.9 x 2.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 136 g
While this novel may appear like the TV series the X-Files at first glance (it actually preceded that series by a few years), Resnick adds his unique sense of wry humor to the novel. This is refreshing because it seems that many authors take sci-fi too seriously or not seriously enough. Resnick has found the perfect balance.
I really enjoyed this book. I had trouble putting it down and was in a hurry to find out what really was going on. However the computer science Second Contact is terribly dated. The novel seems to have been published in 1990 before the internet took off. A major portion of the plot is uncovered by breaking into computer systems, but there is no mention of the internet. All access is achieved modems and the phone system. At one point they use the Library of Congress, "the biggest English language database in the world", whereas now the same research would have been done on the web. Although the novel is set in 2065, none of the computer technology used is beyond what exsisted in the late 80s except for some voice recognition. It doesn't take the enjoyment out of the read, but it makes it seem like a classic novel from the 50s and 60s where you ignore the flawed science.
Overall Second Contact is a very enjoyable, hard-to-put-down read, and I highly recommend it.