Close Search
Not One of Us

Not One of Us

Stories of Aliens on Earth

Trade Paperback - $17.99
Buy at: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or Powell's

ISBN: 9781597809573
Published: 11/13/18

Several months after the aliens arrived, no one has any idea why they’re here. Now one of them wants a tour. A linguist is brought in by the U.S. Army to help decipher an alien language, setting her on a course to question the very nature of free will eventually. Aliens have landed and constructed impenetrable gray domes across an Earth ravaged by war. The creators of humanity return to Earth, but now our gods desperately need our help. In a cosmic war, Earth is invaded by extraterrestrials that barely recognize us as anything more than ants beneath their feet. A small town has been holding its own against the alien survivors of a crashed ship, but that was before the Army arrived.

Science fiction writers have been using aliens as a metaphor for the Other for over one hundred years. There are stories of assimilation, or the failure to assimilate. Stories of resistance. Stories told from the alien viewpoint. In Not One of Us, more than twenty bestselling and award-winning authors grapple with both the best and worst aspects of human nature, in a collection of thought-provoking and thrilling science fiction.

Neil Clarke is the award-winning publisher and editor in chief of Clarkesworld magazine, winner of three Hugo Awards for Best Semiprozine. Night Shade Books publishes his annual The Best Science Fiction of the Year series, as well as a number of standalone themed anthologies including Galactic Empires, More Human than Human, and Final Frontier.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Neil Clarke

Touring with the Alien by Carolyn Ives Gilman
Laws of Survival by Nancy Kress
At Play in the Fields by Steve Rasnic Tem
The Ants of Flanders by Robert Reed
Taking Care of God by Liu Cixin
Water Scorpions by Rich Larson
The Three Resurrections of Jessica Churchill by Kelly Robson
Men are Trouble by James Patrick Kelly
They Shall Salt the Earth with Seeds of Glass by Alaya Dawn Johnson
Bits by Naomi Kritzer
And Never Mind the Watching Ones by Keffy R. M. Kehrli
Dark Heaven by Gregory Benford
Nine-Tenths of the Law by Molly Tanzer
Five Stages of Grief After the Alien Invasion by Caroline M. Yoachim
Time of the Snake by A.M. Dellamonica
The Fear Gun by Judith Berman
Tendeléo’s Story by Ian McDonald
The Choice by Paul McAuley
Passage of Earth by Michael Swanwick
Reborn by Ken Liu
Story of Your Life by Ted Chiang

About the Editor

Readers should savor the stories a few at a time to get the most out of Clarke’s superior selections . . . but there are no inferior pieces here. This is a fine, thoughtful book.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review