Eifelheim

Eifelheim

Paperback - 2009
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The alien world of medieval Europe lives again, transformed by the physics of the future, by a winner of the Heinlein Award

Over the centuries, one small town in Germany has disappeared and never been resettled. Tom, a historian, and his theoretical physicist girlfriend Sharon, become interested. By all logic, the town should have survived. What's so special about Eifelheim?


Father Dietrich is the village priest of Eifelheim, in the year 1348, when the Black Death is gathering strength but is still not nearby. Dietrich is an educated man, and to his astonishment becomes the first contact person between humanity and an alien race from a distant star, when their ship crashes in the nearby forest. It is a time of wonders, in the shadow of the plague. Flynn gives us the full richness and strangeness of medieval life, as well as some terrific aliens.

Tom and Sharon, and Father Deitrich have a strange destiny of tragedy and triumph in Eifelheim , the brilliant science fiction novel by Michael Flynn.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2009
ISBN: 9780765340351
0765340356

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Centuries ago, one small town in Germany disappeared and was never resettled. Tom, a historian, and his theoretical physicist girlfriend Sharon, become interested. By all logic, the town should have survived. What's so special about Eifelheim? (catalog description)


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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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