The Man Who Fell to Earth
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... show more
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.
Publish date: January 1st 2010
Pages no: 186
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction Fantasy
, Science Fiction
, 20th Century
, Speculative Fiction
, United States
Sometimes it only takes one hauntingly beautiful book to turn an author into a favorite author. I first stumbled upon The Man Who Fell to Earth thanks to David Bowie, and I only know of David Bowie because I heard Space Oddity on the radio. I was in my mid-teens, and my father and I were listeni...
Only came to this book through a winding road of Valis by PKD in his description of David Bowie in the novel. PKD was influenced by Bowie in the movie "The man who fell to earth". I watched, thought it was interesting, and THEN finally read the novel, which, I'm sure most people will agree, was a lo...
no ray guns are fired or space battles waged in this poignant novel. there is a spaceship yes, but it is incapacitated after it deposits its passenger on earth. the passenger is an alien from a dying planet named anthea and he's looking for an escape - a place for the remnants of his people. his nam...
Ooh I remember the movie with David Bowie in, shame I never knew it was based on a book before now!
An alien stranded on Earth supports himself by patenting simple bits of alien technology and learns to drink gin with sugar stirred in. If you like your Science Fiction melancholy you will enjoy this one.