Alibi V.13 No.17 • April 22-28, 2004 

Speed Reader

Pandora's Star

Del Rey

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


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.


Toby Press

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

Carroll and Graf

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.