A Distant Earth by Nick Iuppa and John Pesqueira.
When interstellar travelers discover a planet teeming with life but devoid of humanity and art, they send an armada of spacecraft hoping to recruit Earth’s indigenous people to settle the new world. Instead, their advance-ship encounters oceans full of plastic garbage, Native American resistance, and a right-wing agitator named Bram Roberts Trenchant. Trench and his followers hate all aliens and believe they intend to destroy America by exploiting what Trenchant calls “the lie of climate change.” He vows to capture the spacecraft commander and execute her as a warning that all aliens must GET OUT. In the end, only a pair of conflicted teens may be able to save the commander and her mission.
Searing political satire from the authors of The Battle of The Alamo Taqueria.
5 Stars: Earth is not exactly as the visitors imagined!
A Distant Earth, the new novel by Nick Iuppa and John Pesqueira, is a powerful political satire about benevolent, hyper-intelligent aliens from another world. They value humanity’s creativity and strength so much that they want to relocate Earth’s indigenous people to a distant planet free from the ravages of global warming. While the aliens are bound NOT to interfere in the fate of Earth, they intend to give Earth’s leaders a stern warning about the deadly effects of climate change.
Their armada of flying saucers is well on its way to Earth when the alien flagship plunges into the Pacific Ocean and becomes entangled in a web of plastic debris. While under repairs, the crew befriends a retired widower who offers to take the ship’s commander, Captain Faith Morrow, and her husband on a tour of nearby Hollywood.
Faith has a commanding presence, a playful spirit, and a love of old Hollywood movies. She also enjoys classic superhero costumes and blockbuster special effects. So, when she catches the attention of Bram Roberts Trenchant—the founder of a group of right-wing supremacists—it leads to a series of encounters that are first comical but then grow more and more deadly.
Trenchant incites his followers by telling them, “This isn’t about the climate, friends. This is about CONTROL. Aliens want to cripple our industry, weaken our economy, and make us sad and vulnerable. You know they’re coming from south of the border and from other continents. But they’re also coming from other worlds. They’re even coming from OUTER SPACE. Can you believe it?”
Resistance to the aliens comes in many forms, the supremacists, the press, the world’s political leaders, and even some of the indigenous peoples themselves. But, in the end, it’s Trenchant’s disillusioned teenage followers who turn on him and do their best to save Faith, her crew, and her mission.
I think you will thoroughly enjoy the compelling, insightful, and often hilarious novel. ‘A Distant Earth’ is full of fun, adventure, and a chilling portrait of the dangers we face in the twenty-first century. I also encourage you to read ‘The Battle for the Alamo Taqueria’, another funny and fascinating political satire by the same authors.
Editorial Review (Book Marketing Global Network).
Review by CE: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Masterpiece! Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 18, 2022, Verified Purchase. Wonderful read, love the idea!
Review by Derrick: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Fun Interesting. Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 12, 2022. First and foremost a huge thank you needs to go out to the author for generously gifting me a copy of this book. His generosity is second to none!
This was an excellent little sci-fi adventure. It was a quick read and I really enjoyed it. Typically, I’m not super into sci-fi but I think all the likable characters were what made it such a good story. I really liked Will, Faith, Jimmy, Aiyana, and Maddie. Even though this is a shorter story, I felt like the character building was well done. There is a fair amount of politics in the story. I didn’t feel like it was overbearing or off-putting at all. I definitely think the author was making some pretty strong statements about our current political situation in real life. I admire that. Why become an author if not to be able to make statements and say whatever you want? The descriptions in the story are compelling and effective. I was able to get a clear picture in my mind of what the characters were seeing and experiencing. The ending was pleasing and worthwhile. I thought it wrapped up everything fittingly. Overall, this was an entertaining little sci-fi story. It’s not super graphic and there’s not too much profanity. I think it would be appreciated by anyone looking for a simple yet engaging sci-fi story.
Review by Bridget Ball: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Political satire is spot on and a refreshing new spin to sci-fi. Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on April 11, 2022. A group of eco-friendly aliens take a liking to the Earth’s indigenous people and want to take them to a far-away planet safe from global warming. But then one of the flying saucers falls into the ocean and becomes entrapped in plastic waste. While they wait for their ship to be repaired, the crew becomes friends with a retired US Senator who takes them on a tour of nearby Hollywood. The saucer’s strong, but free-spirited female captain, Hope Morrow, catches the attention of a right-wing extremist and then the real trouble starts.
This book is a fun satirical adventure with environmentally conscious aspects that are real and appeal to my sense of social responsibility to our planet. This is exactly the type of sci-fi novel I have been searching for. The political satire is spot on and a refreshing new spin that I am not used to in sci-fi novels. I have often wondered myself what alien life forms would think of us Earthlings and what we are doing to our planet in terms of pollution and non-biodegradable waste.
I would recommend this book to eco-friendly readers even if they are not used to reading sci-fi. The book has almost a throwback feel to the late 80s early 90s style of storytelling that millennials will be familiar with and a deeper moral message that sticks with you and leaves you to contemplate in the end. I will be checking out more novels from Nick Iuppa and John Pesqueira in the future, for I believe I have found a new favorite.
Review by Thomas B. Barker: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. From current headlines. Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 21, 2022. Authors, Iuppa and Pesqueira, weave an action-packed science fiction novel of a future world that will keep you turning the page and thinking about what could happen in only a few years here on our home planet if the ignorant sector of the population prevails.
Global warming is a current headline (NYT 1/21/22). Will our population be able to reverse the tide of greenhouse gasses and bring the planet out of crisis? Not if the political right and its falsehood spreading, bigoted radio/TV minions have their way.
The “Trenchant’s” symbolize that part of our country and attempt to eliminate the Aliens who have come in good faith to save our culture (especially that of the native Americans) by taking pioneers to a hospitable new world where the spoilers are not at all present. But will the powerful and wealthy leader, Trench, prevail and kill off the noble saucer flying aliens? Read this allegory to find the answer.
Review by Art Maurer: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. If Only…Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 14, 2022. An enjoyable read … even though it’s anchored on the dilemma of our current political division and threatening climate challenges. Concise descriptions and clear writing keep the story moving; political satire easy to swallow; a cast of likeable characters of diverse origin … all combine to make a story relevant to our times. It leaves one to wonder: If Only…we could do that!
Review by Marc Wade: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. A clever and original tale. Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on January 27, 2022. A flying saucer commanded by a confident, brilliant, but perhaps a little too playful captain comes to earth in advance of an armada of alien ships. They intend to carry thousands of indigenous peoples to resettle on a distant planet and to warn the world’s leaders of the dangers of climate change. Unfortunately, she runs into a charismatic supremacist leader who sees her as just another alien and vows to destroy her. It’s a fast-paced, funny, enjoyable read. The team of Iuppa and Pesqueira have done it again! Five stars.
Review by Celina: 5.0 out of 5 Stars. Great read! Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on February 3, 2022. A Distant Earth features great characters in an amazing story of redemption. There are lots of powerful images and action scenes. I highly recommend this book. It’s creative and engaging!
Hardcover: 265 Pages
Publisher: Independently Published (January 7, 2022)
Humor and Satire
Humor (Satire Political)
About The Authors:
Nick Iuppa is the former: Creative Director of Paramount Pictures’ Digital Entertainment, Head of Apple Computer’s Learning Technologies Group, Writer for the Wonderful World of Disney and apprentice animator on How The Grinch Stole Christmas. He’s the author of 9 novels, 4 technical books on new media, and a humorous compendium of management tactics called MANAGEMENT BY GUILT. Nick’s an avid international traveler, hiker, and adventurer. He and his wife, Ginny, live in the San Francisco Bay Area.
John Pesqueira studies at the University of Arizona, Columbia, and Stanford prepared him for an impressive career in media design and development. His passion for the visual arts and popular culture continue to inform his creative efforts and still inspire his writing and photography. John grew up in the Sonoran Desert and his love of the history, legends, and people of the American Southwest and Mexico remain a major focus of his work. John lives with his wife in Northern California.
Novels by Nick Iuppa and John Pesqueira:
- Alicia Bewitched
- Alicia’s Sin
- Alicia’s Ghost: The Alicia Trilogy Book 1
- Alien Inquisition (The Peacemaker Book 2)
- Alien Mission (The Peacemaker Book 1)
- Alien Inquisition (The Peacemaker Book 2)
- Avenging Adelita
- Esteban Meets Alicia
- Esteban’s Quest
- The Battle For The Alamo Taqueria
- The Promise Of The Gateway
Novels by Nick Iuppa:
- Bloody Bess And The Doomsday Games
- Taken By Witches
- The Sitcom Murders 1: Sexy Sixties Sitcom by Nicholas Victor (aka Nick Iuppa)
- The Witch Within Her
- Species II by Nick Iuppa
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