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Best First Contact Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf

Our list of some of the best First Contact books & series in recent years. Get inspired by one or more of the following books.

1. First Contact: Conversations with an ET (2013)

Best First Contact Books that Should be on Your BookshelfTelepathic contact with an ET on another planet. In this book you’ll learn: This is vital information you need to know now about our past, present, and future contacts with ETs….
Author(s): Tom T. Moore

2. The Visitor: First Contact SF (2019)

Best First Contact Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThe Visitor – hard, near-future science fiction for the reader who likes realism.Specialist astronaut Evelyn Slater encounters a small, ancient, badly damaged, alien artefact (UK spelling) on the first ever space-junk elimination mission. Where was it from? Who sent it?International governments impose a security clampdown. Evelyn leads a team of hand-picked scientists who make amazing discoveries within the alien device. Secrecy becomes impossible to maintain. When the news is finally released, she becomes embroiled in international politics, worldwide xenophobic hatred and violence.This…
Author(s): Tony Harmsworth

3. In Her Name First Contact (2009)

Best First Contact Books that Should be on Your BookshelfIn the first book of the In Her Name: The Last War trilogy, the Terran survey ship Aurora makes a startling discovery in an uncharted star system: two planets inhabited by an advanced, and decidedly unfriendly, non-human civilization. Disabled by gigantic alien warships before it can escape, the Aurora is boarded by nightmarish blue-skinned warriors with claws and fangs who slaughter the crew in ritual combat using primitive weapons. The sole survivor, Midshipman Ichiro Sato, is returned to Earth as a messenger bearing a device that warns of an impending attack.For that is the way of the…
Author(s): Michael R. Hicks

4. Contact (1997)

Best First Contact Books that Should be on Your BookshelfIn December, 1999, a multinational team journeys out to the stars, to the most awesome encounter in human history. Who — or what — is out there? In Cosmos, Carl Sagan explained the universe. In Contact, he predicts its future — and our own….
Author(s): Carl Sagan

5. 3zekiel (2019)

Best First Contact Books that Should be on Your BookshelfDeep within the Congo, a team of scientists prepares for the greatest adventure in humanity, making First Contact with an intelligent extraterrestrial species, only they’re not alone. Could First Contact be our last?…
Author(s): Mr Peter Cawdron

6. Criminal Procedure: From First Contact to Appeal (5th Edition) (2014)

Best First Contact Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThis comprehensive text uses a real world focus to cover all of criminal procedure, from first contact to appeal.   is a comprehensive introduction to criminal procedure, from first contact with the police, all the way through to appeal. The text is divided into five parts: (1) Introduction; (2) Search and Seizure; (3) Interrogations, Confessions, and Identification Procedures; (4) The Beginnings of Formal Proceedings; and (5) Trial, Conviction, and Beyond. The latter two topics are rarely covered in conventional criminal procedure books, particularly at the level of detail found in this…
Author(s): John L. Worrall

7. Genesis (First Colony) (2017)

Best First Contact Books that Should be on Your BookshelfEscaping wrongful imprisonment wasn’t something Connor had in mind, but being put into stasis aboard Earth’s first interstellar colony ship was something he couldn’t have prepared for.For three hundred thousand colonists, the new colony brings the promise of a fresh start…a second chance. Connor might be the wrong man for the colony, but he’s the right man to see that it survives what’s coming.A new world with new challenges, but the mission has changed.If you love military science fiction from the greats of the past and present, you’ll love Genesis – First Colony , a…
Author(s): Ken Lozito

8. The Three-Body Problem (2016)

Best First Contact Books that Should be on Your Bookshelf“Wildly imaginative, really interesting.” ―President Barack Obama on The Three-Body Problem trilogy Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth. Meanwhile, on Earth, different camps start forming, planning to either welcome the superior beings and help them take over a world seen as corrupt, or to fight against the invasion. The result is a science fiction…
Author(s): Cixin Liu, Ken Liu

9. Fracture (First Colony) (2019)

Best First Contact Books that Should be on Your BookshelfColonel Sean Quinn is stranded in another universe, along with two thousand people under his command. They’ve been hiding from the enemy long enough, now it’s time to return home. Outnumbered against a superior foe, Sean must risk everything in a daring operation, but the mysterious enemy has a few surprises of their own. Meanwhile, a division threatens to tear the colony apart and Connor Gates is caught in the middle. Their best chance to prepare for a formidable multidimensional aggressor is to form an alliance with one of their victims, but the more they learn about New Earth’s inhabitants, the more resistant to an…
Author(s): Ken Lozito

10. Vigilance (First Colony) (2019)

Best First Contact Books that Should be on Your BookshelfSix months ago, Connor learned what the alien race that populated New Earth feared—a mysterious enemy who nearly brought about the collapse of an entire civilization. To help the colony prepare for this new threat, Connor rejoins the Colonial Defense Force. Using alien technology, Connor opens a gateway to another universe hoping to learn more about the threat. Instead, he receives a colonial distress beacon. Six months ago, they’d left people behind on a mission, all presumed dead. The beacon might be them, or it might be a trap, but Connor will not ignore…
Author(s): Ken Lozito

11. Legacy (First Colony) (2017)

Best First Contact Books that Should be on Your BookshelfAfter narrowly defeating the invading enemy fleet, there is evidence that the attack isn’t over. Thousands have died and all that stands between human extinction and the invaders are the remnants of the colonial military. Connor must find a way to rally the colony using every scrap of ingenuity to stop the invaders. But will he succeed when he finds himself pitted against mankind’s ultimate enemy? This could be mankind’s final hour . . . or its greatest victory….
Author(s): Ken Lozito

12. Darkover: First Contact (Darkover Omnibus: Darkover Landfall & Two to Conquer) (2004)

Best First Contact Books that Should be on Your BookshelfThis omnibus features two classic, long-unavailable Darkover novels-Darkover Landfall and Two to Conquer-in one volume for the first time….
Author(s): Marion Zimmer Bradley

13. Dawn of Procyon (2016)

Best First Contact Books that Should be on Your BookshelfA distant planet. A deadly secret. Seventeen years after it began, the interstellar war has taken its toll: the inhabitants of Earth are desperate to find a way to defeat the Argoni, a merciless and horrifying alien race. Light years away from the fighting, mechanic Landry Stanton lives a peaceful, mundane life on the desolate planet Procyon A, and that’s just the way he likes it. But when an unauthorized trip to the other side of the planet leaves him shipwrecked and stranded alongside a hostile alien that wants him dead, Landry discovers a terrifying secret:…
Author(s): Mark R Healy

First contact is a common science fiction theme about the first meeting between humans and extraterrestrial life, or of any sentient race’s first encounter with another one, given they are from different planets or natural satellites. Contact is a great First Contact book, with plenty of hard science, interesting characters, and a good story. Unfortunately, the ending left me a little disappointed—actually, I got angry—so if you read this, be prepared for a fun ride and meh ending. The best novels dealing with first contact with aliens Score A book’s total score is based on multiple factors, including the number of people who have voted for it and how highly those voters ranked the book. Books shelved as first-contact: The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell, The Mote in God’s Eye by Larry Niven, Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke, Blinds Discover the best First Contact Science Fiction eBooks in Best Sellers. Find the top 100 most popular items in Amazon Kindle Store Best Sellers.

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some first contact books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

First Contact and Time Travel

Author(s): Zoran Živković
Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Year: 2018, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2251702

First Contact with Deep Learning: Practical Introduction with Keras

Author(s): Jordi Torres
Publisher: jorditorres.org, Year: 2018, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2337873

The Americas’ First Theologies: Early Sources of Post-Contact Indigenous Religion

Author(s): Garry Sparks, Robert M. Carmack, Sergio Romero, Frauke Sachse
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Year: 2017, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2093249

Discovering Florida: First-Contact Narratives from Spanish Expeditions along the Lower Gulf Coast

Author(s): John E. Worth
Publisher: University Press of Florida, Year: 2014, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 1392186

First Steps in Differential Geometry: Riemannian, Contact, Symplectic

Author(s): Andrew McInerney
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, Year: 2013, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 993099

First Contacts in Polynesia the Samoan Case (1722-1848) : Western Misunderstanding About Sexuality and Divinity

Author(s): Serge Tcherkezoff
Publisher: , Year: 2011, Size: 3 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 468704

First Contact: Scientific Breakthroughs in the Hunt for Life Beyond Earth

Author(s): Marc Kaufman
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Year: 2011, Size: 3 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 1299273

Dancing With Strangers: Europeans and Australians at First Contact

Author(s): Inga Clendinnen
Publisher: , Year: 2005, Size: 2 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 480064

The Bauhaus and America: First Contacts, 1919-1936

Author(s): Margret Kentgens-Craig
Publisher: , Year: 1999, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 504885

Please note that this booklist is not final. Some books are absolutely chart-busters according to USA Today, others are written by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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