FIRST CONTACT

We are most certainly not alone
It’s one of the most tantalizing unanswered questions about our universe: is there anybody else out there? For authors of First Contact Sci-Fi, the answer is a resounding “yes”—and these books all explore the possibilities of that first fateful meeting of two intelligent lifeforms. From benevolent exchanges of knowledge to all-out interplanetary war, this imaginative niche is exactly the type of exploration the genre of sci-fi exists for.
    • Dawn

    • Xenogenesis, Book 1
    • By: Octavia E. Butler
    • Narrated by: Aldrich Barrett
    • Length: 9 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,737
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,483
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,484

    In a world devastated by nuclear war with humanity on the edge of extinction, aliens finally make contact....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I couldn't tell if I loved it or hated it.

    • By Lindsay on 01-31-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The War of the Worlds

    • By: H. G. Wells
    • Narrated by: Simon Vance
    • Length: 5 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,338
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,168
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,172

    First published by H. G. Wells in 1898, The War of the Worlds is the granddaddy of all alien invasion stories....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ants

    • By Janice on 03-30-14

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Mote in God's Eye

    • By: Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
    • Narrated by: L J Ganser
    • Length: 20 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6,277
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4,514
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4,556

    An epic novel of mankind's first encounter with alien life that transcends the genre. No lesser an authority than Robert A. Heinlein called it "possibly the finest science fiction novel I have ever read"....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A great read!

    • By J. Rhoderick on 02-12-10

    Regular price: $22.99

    • Blindsight

    • By: Peter Watts
    • Narrated by: T. Ryder Smith
    • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,042
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 889
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 879

    After the Firefall, all eyes are locked heavenward as a team of specialists aboard the self-piloted spaceship Theseus hurtles outbound to intercept an unknown intelligence....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Compelling modern hard sci-fi

    • By James on 04-04-09

    Regular price: $31.47

    • Rendezvous with Rama

    • By: Sir Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated by: Peter Ganim, Robert J. Sawyer - introduction
    • Length: 9 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,941
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 5,801
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,817

    At first, only a few things are known about the celestial object that astronomers dub Rama. It is huge, weighing more than ten trillion tons....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointed in the narrator

    • By Brent on 06-01-12

    Regular price: $24.29

    • 2001

    • A Space Odyssey
    • By: Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated by: Dick Hill
    • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4,613
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,896
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,910

    From the savannas of Africa at the dawn of mankind to the rings of Saturn as man adventures to the outer rim of our solar system, 2001: A Space Odyssey is a journey unlike any other....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Excellent Narration - Great Book

    • By Venu on 07-04-09

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Contact

    • By: Carl Sagan
    • Narrated by: Laurel Lefkoe
    • Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,529
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,313
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,319

    In December, 1999, a multinational team journeys out to the stars, to the most awesome encounter in human history....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great Story with a Few Glitches

    • By Kyle on 03-27-17

    Regular price: $22.63

    • Solaris

    • The Definitive Edition
    • By: Stanislaw Lem, Bill Johnston - translator
    • Narrated by: Alessandro Juliani
    • Length: 7 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3,612
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,079
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 3,101

    At last, one of the world’s greatest works of science fiction is available - just as author Stanislaw Lem intended it....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A comment on negative reviews

    • By Burns on 09-20-11

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Ender's Game Alive: The Full Cast Audioplay

    • By: Orson Scott Card
    • Narrated by: Full Cast Recording
    • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
    • Original Recording
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,884
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,712
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,715

    Experience Ender’s Game as you’ve never heard it before! With an all-new, original script written by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game Alive is a full-cast audio drama that reimagines the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning classic....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A fresh new way to enjoy the story

    • By Amazon Customer on 11-08-13

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Gateway

    • By: Frederik Pohl
    • Narrated by: Oliver Wyman, Robert J. Sawyer
    • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,840
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,469
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,481

    When prospector Bob Broadhead went out to Gateway on the Heechee spacecraft, he decided he would know which was the right mission to make him his fortune....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A human-focused SF classic

    • By Ryan on 12-05-13

    Regular price: $21.95

    • Childhood's End

    • By: Sir Arthur C. Clarke
    • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer, Robert J. Sawyer - introduction
    • Length: 7 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7,190
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,861
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 5,914

    The Overlords appeared suddenly over every city - intellectually, technologically, and militarily superior to humankind....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Food for Thought

    • By Kindle Customer on 11-17-08

    Regular price: $24.25

    • Pandora's Star

    • By: Peter F. Hamilton
    • Narrated by: John Lee
    • Length: 37 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 7,994
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6,062
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6,082

    A thousand light-years away, something truly incredible is waiting: a deadly discovery, the unleashing of which will threaten to destroy the Commonwealth....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • dissatisfied

    • By James K Alford on 08-15-18

    Regular price: $45.49

    • Daimones

    • By: Massimo Marino
    • Narrated by: Jeff Hays
    • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 28
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 28

    Dan and his family awake one day in a world where everyone is dead but no evidence points to a cause....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very good story and narration, but...

    • By Connie on 08-02-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Colonization: Second Contact

    • Colonization, Book 1
    • By: Harry Turtledove
    • Narrated by: Patrick Lawlor
    • Length: 28 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 267
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 219
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 217

    Yet even in the shadow of this inexorable foe, the United States, the Soviet Union, and Nazi Germany are unable to relinquish their hostilities and unite against a massive new wave of extraterrestrials....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A great title poorly presented

    • By Magnus on 06-27-12

    Regular price: $38.49

    • The Sparrow

    • By: Mary Doria Russell
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,370
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,063
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,063

    Emilio Sandoz is a remarkable man, a living saint and Jesuit priest who undergoes an experience so harrowing and profound that it makes him question the existence of God....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Superbly Written and Thought-provoking

    • By Jim N on 08-15-12

    Regular price: $27.27

    • The Day of the Triffids

    • By: John Wyndham
    • Narrated by: Graeme Malcolm
    • Length: 7 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 711
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 621
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 621

    Bill Masen, bandages over his wounded eyes, misses the most spectacular meteorite shower England has ever seen....

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • NOT unabridged.

    • By Dave Cole on 05-12-14

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Gods Themselves

    • By: Isaac Asimov
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,210
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,109
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,111

    Only a few know the terrifying truth - an outcast Earth scientist, a rebellious alien inhabitant of a dying planet, a lunar-born human intuitionist who senses the imminent annihilation of the Sun....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Asimov's Best Stand Alone Novel

    • By thomas on 09-02-14

    Regular price: $28.00

    • Foreigner

    • Foreigner Sequence 1, Book 1
    • By: C. J. Cherryh
    • Narrated by: Daniel Thomas May
    • Length: 15 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,199
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,078
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,088

    The first book in C.J.Cherryh's eponymous series, Foreigner begins an epic tale of the survivors of a lost spacecraft who crash-land on a planet inhabited by a hostile, sentient alien race....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • struggled to relate to human

    • By kesia martin on 11-07-16

    Regular price: $29.95

    • The Host

    • A Novel
    • By: Stephenie Meyer
    • Narrated by: Kate Reading
    • Length: 23 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8,541
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,877
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,923

    Earth has been invaded by a species that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Unique Perspective, Awesome job.

    • By Mighty_Cranium on 12-29-09

    Regular price: $22.80

    • A Fire Upon the Deep

    • By: Vernor Vinge
    • Narrated by: Peter Larkin
    • Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1,653
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,378
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,387

    A Fire Upon the Deep is the big, breakout book that fulfills the promise of Vinge's career to date: a gripping tale of galactic war told on a cosmic scale.....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a wild, wacky, awesome book!

    • By Noah on 06-20-10

    Regular price: $51.93

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