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Agent to the Stars by John Scalzi
Cover Artist: Pascal Blanchet
Review by Ernest Lilley
Tor Books Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765317711
Date: 28 October 2008 List Price $14.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK

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Here's an enjoyable and lighthearted romp through the star studded scene, both celestial and cinematic. Thomas Stein, a hot young Hollywood agent is tapped for a secret mission, to prepare the world for first contact with an alien race, which, unfortunately for Stein, looks pretty much like something out of a 1950s sci-fi flick. Can Stein put a positive spin on these saucer-men? Or will his career be consumed by a hideous blob of alien matter? Whichever way it goes, it's show business, Jim...but not as you know it.

From official release/information:

Product Description:

The space-faring Yherajk have come to Earth to meet us and to begin humanity's first interstellar friendship. There's just one problem: They're hideously ugly and they smell like rotting fish.

So getting humanity's trust is a challenge. The Yherajk need someone who can help them close the deal.

Enter Thomas Stein, who knows something about closing deals. He's one of Hollywood's hottest young agents. But although Stein may have just concluded the biggest deal of his career, it's quite another thing to negotiate for an entire alien race. To earn his percentage this time, he's going to need all the smarts, skills, and wits he can muster.

(Source: Tor Books)

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