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Blind Lake

(2003)
A novel by

 
Awards
Hugo Best Novel (nominee)
Robert Charles Wilson, says The New York Times, "writes superior science fiction thrillers." His Darwinia won Canada's Aurora Award; his most recent novel, The Chronoliths, won the prestigious John W. Campbell Memorial Award. Now he tells a gripping tale of alien contact and human love in a mysterious but hopeful universe.

At Blind Lake, a large federal research installation in northern Minnesota, scientists are using a technology they barely understand to watch everyday life in a city of lobster like aliens upon a distant planet. They can't contact the aliens in any way or understand their language. All they can do is watch.

Then, without warning, a military cordon is imposed on the Blind Lake site. All communication with the outside world is cut off. Food and other vital supplies are delivered by remote control. No one knows why.

The scientists, nevertheless, go on with their research. Among them are Nerissa Iverson and the man she recently divorced, Raymond Scutter. They continue to work together despite the difficult conditions and the bitterness between them. Ray believes their efforts are doomed; that culture is arbitrary, and the aliens will forever be an enigma.

Nerissa believes there is a commonality of sentient thought, and that our failure to understand is our own ignorance, not a fact of nature. The behavior of the alien she has been tracking seems to be developing an elusive narrative logic--and she comes to feel that the alien is somehow, impossibly, aware of the project's observers.

But her time is running out. Ray is turning hostile, stalking her. The military cordon is tightening. Understanding had better come soon....

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Hardback Editions

August 2003 : USA Hardback
thumbTitle: Blind Lake
Author(s): Robert Charles Wilson
ISBN: 0-7653-0262-4 / 978-0-7653-0262-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

July 2004 : USA Mass Market Paperback
thumbTitle: Blind Lake
Author(s): Robert Charles Wilson
ISBN: 0-7653-4160-3 / 978-0-7653-4160-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Audio Editions

August 2016 : MP3 CD
thumbTitle: Blind Lake
Author(s): Robert Charles Wilson
ISBN: 1-5318-0134-X / 978-1-5318-0134-2
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

September 2009 : USA Audio edition
thumbTitle: Blind Lake
Author(s): Robert Charles Wilson
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon   

September 2009 : UK Audio edition
thumbTitle: Blind Lake
Author(s): Robert Charles Wilson
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

August 2013 : UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Blind Lake
Author(s): Robert Charles Wilson
Publisher: Gateway
Availability: Amazon UK   

July 2004 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
thumbTitle: Blind Lake
Author(s): Robert Charles Wilson
Publisher: Tor Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   


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