Traveling in Space (Unabridged)
by Steven Paul Leiva
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A unique science fiction first-contact novel told from the aliens' point-of-view; a 21st-century Gulliver's Travels with Homo sapiens as the Lilliputians. The last thing the factfinders - who call themselves Life - expected to find while traveling in space in The Curious on a mission from their planet, The Living World, was other life. But one day they stumble upon the third planet out from a backwater sun and find it teeming with a vast diversity of life, including one sentient and cognizant, if primitive, species that they dub: Otherlife. Being not only from The Curious but inherently curious themselves, they begin to study the Otherlife and their alien culture, discovering such strange things as: marriage, intoxicating drinks, weapons of minor and mass destruction, the gleeful inhaling of toxic substances, two-parent families, layered language, genocide, non-nude bathing, and - the strangest thing of all - religion. This first contact between Life and Otherlife, disconcerting for both, has moments of humor and moments of horror - and neither escape the encounter unchanged.
Steven Paul Leiva's Traveling in Space sold me as soon as I read, "told from the aliens' point-of-view". I really enjoyed the story and seeing humanity from an outsider's point of view; things so natural to us being so bizarre to them.
Jeff Cannata does a spectacular job acting all of the voices. Each character was instantly recognizable and felt unique.
Two Ns one T assaults your earholes like none other.
Seriously, this man has the charisma and enthusiasm to shine through in any form of media, be it audio or video (unfortunately I've never seen him live, due to where I live).
I'm only a few hours in, but I am enjoying it thoroughly, both as a book and presentationally.