"An exciting character study of the human condition"
Having recently moved to the Canada Great Plains to
escape from recent tragedies and feeling alone, Morgan
Shelby decides to open her inherited mansion to a bunch of
oddball outcasts. Though her boarders are an eccentric
group, one particular individual stands out among the crowd.
After an interview and studying her résumé filled with
work involving handicapped children, the Canadian
government hires Morgan to raise an alien infant Blue. Now
one must understand that alien does not mean an immigrant
from another country for in Blue's case alien denotes
another world. Even more shocking is that Morgan's band of
misfits are used to mistreatment and even taunting from an
ultra-conservative nation. People find it difficult to
accept the androgynous off-world creature. Morgan learns
more than her blank slate ET as Blue begins to fill her
soul with caring and nurturing even as the government and
her other guests see Blue much differently.
A PARADIGM OF EARTH is an exciting character study of
the human condition through the interaction of an
extraterrestrial being. The story line is incredibly
insightful especially when those who have suffered abuse
turn abusive. The evolution of Morgan from a vacuous
person into a tender and affectionate individual mirrors
the development of Blue, which in turn augments the deep
look inside the souls of the earthling and her alien
guest. Candas Jane Dorsey is quite a talent as she
provides science fiction readers with a strong tale, but
those fans that need testosterone running amuck need to
skip this relationship tale.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted October 5, 2001