Adult Children of Alien Beings by Dennis Danvers

Adult Children of Alien Beings by Dennis Danvers
Publisher: Tor Books
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Contemporary
Length: Short Story (36 pages)
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Adult Children of Alien Beings by Dennis Danvers is a science fiction novelette about the emotional journey of a man seeking the truth about his parents, who were always rather ….odd, and his own heritage.

Some childhoods are stranger than others.
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The title gave away an important piece of the plot. Yes, there are aliens in this world. No, they probably won’t behave exactly how most readers might expect them to. Figuring out the similarities and differences between them and humans was one of my favorite parts of reading this tale. They weren’t exactly the little green men that have shown up in countless other science fiction universes, and I thought that was a refreshing change from the norm.

I would have loved to see more attention paid to the alien’s culture. Their physiology and how they were able to blend into human society were described in enough detail to satisfy me, but I found myself feeling incredibly curious about how their minds were different from human minds. Given how diverse human cultures are from one corner of the globe to another, I would have expected intelligent beings from another planet to be even more strikingly different from us than other humans beings who share our DNA and have the same ancestors, whether they lived a few generations ago or much further back in history than that. With more development in this area, I would have given this a much higher rating. The premise itself was wonderful.

The character development was well written. Stan, the protagonist, had gone through several failed marriages, a life-threatening illness, and more in his lifetime. He had so many more questions about his origins than he had answers when the first scene began. I truly enjoyed seeing him try to fit the pieces of his life together and see if he could make peace with the parts of it that still caused him pain.

This is the first short story in a series. It can be read as a standalone work. I would suggest also checking out the sequel, Orphan Pirates of the Spanish Main, to anyone who enjoys this tale, though!

If you’ve ever wondered about the idiosyncrasies of your parents, Adult Children of Alien Beings might be right up your alley.

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