The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber


Reviewed by Karen Ciccone, Director of Natural Resources Library & Research Librarian for Science Informatics, NCSU Libraries

The Book of Strange New Things is both strange and wonderful. Although on the surface it is a science fiction book, it is really a book about a long distance relationship. A Christian missionary, Peter, and his wife, Bea, struggle to remain connected across interstellar distance with access to only a rudimentary text communication channel called the "shoot." Peter struggles to describe his experiences learning an alien language and witnessing to an alien race on an alien world, while Bea pours forth vivid word images of her life on an Earth in crisis--a life growing increasingly strange and remote to Peter. The book is brilliant, sad, beautiful, and unlike anything else you have ever read.