Agent to the Stars

John Scalzi, Author . Subterranean $30 (280p) ISBN 978-1-59606-020-3

In this slick, lightweight SF yarn from Scalzi (Old Man's War ), Thomas Stein, a hot young Hollywood agent, has just negotiated a multimillion-dollar deal for his friend, starlet Michelle Beck, when his boss, Carl Lupo, foists a space alien called Joshua on him. Joshua and his people, the Yherajk, are intelligent, gelatinous, shape-shifting blobs that communicate telepathically and by sharing odors. They've been monitoring Earth's TV broadcasts and realize that before they can make first contact, they'll have to deal with their image problem. Tom takes on the job of making the friendly, odiferous creatures palatable to humanity, while keeping Michelle and the rest of his other acting clients happy. Several entertaining trips to the aliens' spaceship enliven the predictable plot. Agent, Ethan Ellenberg. (July)

Reviewed on: 06/20/2005
Release date: 08/01/2005
Paperback - 365 pages - 978-0-7653-1771-1
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Mass Market Paperbound - 385 pages - 978-0-7653-5700-7
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