The Rosetta Man

  • Release Date:     ISBN: 10655219441065521943
  • Genre: Fantasy     Publisher:
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The Rosetta Man Book Summary

Wanted: Translator for first contact. Immediate opening. Danger pay allowance.

Estlin Hume lives in Twin Butte, Alberta surrounded by a horde of affectionate squirrels. His involuntary squirrel-attracting talent leaves him evicted, expelled, fired and near penniless until two aliens arrive and adopt him as their translator. Yanked around the world at the center of the first contact crisis, Estlin finds his new employers incomprehensible. As he faces the ultimate language barrier, unsympathetic military forces converging in the South Pacific keep threatening to kill the messenger. The question on everyone’s mind is why are the aliens here? But Estlin’s starting to think we’ll happily blow ourselves up in the process of finding that out.

"What makes The Rosetta Man stand-out?  An unusually dense squirrel population for sci-fi.   It’s light-hearted, accessible sci-fi with exotic present day settings and a pair of aliens who are focused on observing the revealing chaos their visit creates."  - Claire McCague, author "The Rosetta Man" - Claire McCague, author

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The Rosetta Man - Claire McCague Reviews

  • Not sure what to make of the end

    By Marina Ariadne
    It looks like sequel hooks in the last two chapters. Wouldn't hurt, and I wouldn't object, to have a second book in this story. Linguistics and science fiction are both longtime interests, thus it was natural that I'd select this novel. It was enjoyable, and I don't think the story ends here. The conversation, as it turns out, has barely started. If you saw Arrival, this is not any more similar than a North American communications expert engages in First Contact translation, but from that start there are so many stories to be written! The protagonist here has a talent for handing non-human communications, and not entirely voluntary. He doesn't handle human communication all that well, and he seems to be on the autism spectrum. Other brilliant folks like him any way: others just never see a reason to like him. There is a nasty psychiatrist in his past, who did him nothing but harm, and she's here in the novel with her current "project". Please understand that I have nothing against psychiatrists in general, but this woman could give Dr Mengele a bad name. It's an interesting look at, and a good observation of what First Contact communication might be like. I hope the author is kind enough to write more books.
  • Fantastic Find !!

    By ScatP
    Enjoyed this book very much. It is while worth your time. Anticipating future books from this author.
  • Engaging and very enjoyable read!

    By BillyTX01
    I liked the concept of the problems faced in communicating with alien species and was immediately captured by the storytelling. This problem is forgotten/ignored in almost every space SF story/book/movie from Star Trek to Star Wars until Arrival in 2016. While there is enough humor to lighten the load, the action and interaction of the characters is very engaging. While there are plenty of surprises in this story, it is not surprising that the military are the least human of the monsters.
  • Wow

    By Fermatz3
    Never read anything by the author before finding a short story in a compilation. This story, " The Rosetta Man", is absolutely fantastic. Love it. Awesome. Nothing else I can say.

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