Friday, June 20, 2014
I just finished "Eifelheim" by Michael Flynn. It's about a ship of aliens who crash land near a small village in Germany in the late 14th Century, during the Plague, and befriend a priest who lives there. 700 years later, a European historian and his physicist girlfriend discover in the priest's archived diaries, evidence of the aliens and a possible diagram for how they travel in time. The story jumps back and forth from then to now, but it's really about the friendship between the priest and one of the aliens and how they debate basic philosophical and theological questions that would naturally arise from a meeting like this. Flynn brilliantly captures the perspectives of future technology by a 14th Century priest and the communication of advanced beings with relatively primitive humans.
If you're looking for an interesting read this summer, grab this and give it a try.