An SF fable for the young-at-heart from stand-up comedian and satirical song-writer Mitch Benn.
No-one trusts humanity. No-one can quite understand why we're intent on destroying the only place we have to live in the Universe. No-one thinks we're worth a second thought. And certainly no-one is about to let us get off Rrth. That would be a complete disaster.
But one alien thinks Rrth is worth looking at. Not humanity, obviously, we're appalling, but until we manage to kill every other living thing on the planet there are some truly wonderful places on Rrth and some wonderful creatures living in them. Best take a look while they're still there.
But on one trip to Rrth our alien biologist causes a horrendous accident. The occupants of a car traveling down a lonely road spot his ship (the sort of massive lemon coloured, lemon shaped starship that really shouldn't be hanging in the sky over a road). Understandably the Bradbury's crash (interrupting the latest in a constant procession of bitter rows). And in the wreckage of their car our alien discovers a baby girl. She needs rescuing. From the car. From Rrth. From her humanity.
And now eleven years later a girl called Terra is about to go to school for the first time. It's a very alien experience...
Terra is a charming and hilarious satirical fable. A story about how odd and alien we are. And a story about how human odd aliens are. It tells the story of a girl who grows up in a very different world, who gains a unique perspective on our world and a unique perspective on her new home. A girl who can teach us and them a lot. A girl living in an extraordinary world that is spiraling into a terrible war.
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Funny, touching and beautifully read
Mitch Benn's reading brought even more warmth and humour to the story than the words on the printed page.
Haha, no spoilers, can't tell you. But some of the nods to Douglas Adams' writing raised a smile.
The more obvious 'character' parts, precocious Fthfth, accident-prone Pktk and officious Vstj, add colour to the tale, but the warmth between Terra and Lbbp was beautifully portrayed and, for me, where the performance stood out as more than just a 'reading'.
I had to break my listening into about three sessions, but each time I was impatient to come back to it.
This is a heartwarming story in a similar vein to E. T. and would be a great introduction to sci-fi for a younger audience. Existing fans of the genre and geeks in general will enjoy that the 'sci' in this sci-fi hasn't been sidestepped or excessively dumbed-down.
Highly, highly recommended.
- Amazon Customer
Worth all the effort to get it.
- Greg Hill