Eifelheim

Eifelheim

Book - 2006
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In 1349, one small town in Germany disappeared and has never been resettled. Tom, a contemporary historian, and his theoretical physicist girlfriend Sharon, become interested. Tom indeed becomes obsessed. By all logic, the town should have survived, but it didn't and that violates everything Tom knows about history. What's was special about Eifelheim that it utterly disappeared more than 600 years ago?
Father Deitrich is the village priest of Oberhochwald, the village that will soon gain the name of Teufelheim, in later years corrupted to Eifelheim, in the year 1348, when the Black Death is gathering strength across Europe but is still not nearby. Deitrich is an educated man, knows science and philosophy, and to his astonishment becomes the first contact between humanity and an alien race from a distant star when their interstellar ship crashes in the nearby forest. It is a time of wonders, in the shadow of the plague.
Tom and Sharon, and Father Deitrich, have a strange and intertwined destiny of tragedy and triumph in this brilliant SF novel by the winner of the Robert A. Heinlein Award.
Publisher: New York, NY : Tor, 2006.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780765300966
0765300966
Branch Call Number: SF
Characteristics: 320 p. : map ; 25 cm.

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Flatcoatsmith
Jul 19, 2016

If (like me ) you enjoy science fiction and history, then this book is a good read. Flynn makes a 'lost' 14th century first-contact story believable while drawing your empathy to the fates of the varied protagonists both human and 'krenken.' I also highly recommend his space-opera series THE SPIRAL ARM. (be sure to read them in order.)

mvsboutique Jul 26, 2013

It's an interesting story but the writing became very dull as the book progeressed. Religious refererences. Was disappointed by the ending, very confusing at times especially the the modern part.

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SunKing2
Mar 01, 2011

Mostly from a Middle Ages perspective, a group of aliens land in a village forest. Initially kept secret from village, the villagers eventually react by extremes of helping, and antagonism.

Eventually the plague starts taking the village, while the visitors start dying due to insufficient nutrition.

An open-minded church pastor tries to help as he explores the science and philosophy within the framework of his advanced education.

I wish there were a few more like it, it would make a great series if it kept only the 1300's perspective.

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