Let me first start by pointing out that I am an atheist and do not believe in god at all. When I picked up this book out of curiosity over the title and it being the sci-fi section, I was not expecting it would be my type of book. Fortunately I took a chance and bought it and greatly enjoyed it.
The main protagonist of the story is a man who works at a museum as head paleontologist. He is an atheist, has a wife and a son, and is pretty normal overall. One day though aliens make first contact with Earth and he is one of the lucky few who gets to meet one. The aliens are on a mission to research various things but mainly are hoping to prove the existence of God. They hope to use fossil records to show corresponding data of their own species and that of the one other race they know of to prove there is a divine plan for all life in the universe.
When I started this book I was expecting something much more religious, but was pleasantly surprised to be proved wrong. The aliens in fact find all of our religions to be foolish and acknowledge the fact that God having direct contact with a human for any reason is ridiculous. But the aliens are firm believers that there is a being whom they refer to as God that must have created all three of the sentient species known to them.
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The book is filled with lots of debates between the alien and the protagonist about the existence of God. The protagonist is diagnosed with cancer and his beliefs come into question with death being so close. There is a bit of action where some creationists take extreme action to try to prove to the aliens that fossils are lies by the devil. And the ending was unexpected but quite a fascinating twist where they meet the being known as God and witness the birth of the next God.
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I really enjoyed this book filled with different views on the existence of God. The alien races were both well done and unique. The author was even very creative in his use of sci-fi devices that the aliens used. Well worth the read!
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