Alibi V.13 No.17 • April 22-28, 2004 

Speed Reader

Pandora's Star

Peter F. Hamilton
Del Rey
hardcover
$26.95

Fans of serious science fiction have been raving about Hamilton's new novel. Set in the 24th century, Pandora's Star describes an attack on human civilization by a very peculiar alien intelligence. The epic will conclude with next year's Judas Unleashed.

Heaven Lake

John Dalton
Scribner
hardcover
$26

Devout Christian Vincent Saunders leaves his home in Illinois to do missionary work in Taiwan, coming into contact with a small circus of odd characters. Dalton's debut novel has been favorably compared to fiction by Graham Greene and Norman Rush.

With

Donald Harington
Toby Press
hardcover
$19.95

A prepubescent girl is kidnapped by a creepy, impotent former state trooper and must use her wits to survive in captivity. Harington's novel has received a lot of attention for its inventive narrative and surprising blasts of humor.

Electric Dreams: One Unlikely Team of Kids and the Race to Build the Car of the Future

Caroline Kettlewell
Carroll and Graf
hardcover
$24

When Virginia Power invited high schools in the Mid-Atlantic region to take part in a competition to transform a conventional car into an electric one, no one imagined that a bunch of dirt poor kids from an impoverished North Carolina county could win. They were wrong. Kettlewell tells their touching story.