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Summary

The remarkable novel upon which the stunning cult film was based.

Thomas Jerome Newton is an extraterrestrial from the planet Anthea, which has been devastated by a series of nuclear wars and whose inhabitants are twice as intelligent as human beings. When he lands on Earth—in Kentucky, disguised as a human—it's with the intention of saving his own people from extinction. Newton patents some very advanced Anthean technology, which he uses to amass a fortune. He begins to build a spaceship to help the last 300 Antheans migrate to Earth. Meanwhile, Nathan Bryce, a chemistry professor in Iowa, is intrigued by some of the new products Newton's company brings to the market and already suspects Newton of being an alien. As Bryce and the FBI close in, Newton finds his own clarity and sense of purpose diminishing.

Discover the book which inspired the classic film with David Bowie and the new Paramount+ series with Chiwetel Ejiofor!

©2016 Walter Tevis (P)2021 Gollancz

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"Beautiful.... The story of an extraterrestrial visitor from another planet is designed mainly to say something about life on this one." (New York Times)

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really enjoyed this book, well performed, brilliantly written, keeps you interested and intrigued throughout

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Love this book - Tevis is such a great writer

I hadn’t seen the film so didn’t know the story. Trevis writes brilliantly - his characters are sympathetically drawn and the story is much more than sci fi. I am listening again and enjoying it even more second time around . The observations on science, music and mathematics are fascinating.

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Loved it, great reader too.

Surprised it was available and really enjoyed the reader too. Need to go and watch the film again!

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Great to hear again

Really well written and well adapted for audio book. I read this back in the 80s and was pleased to hear it was as good as I remembered it.