FEDERATION - political, near-future science fiction for the reader who enjoys imagining how the world would react to alien contact.
Author's note: Firstly, the story is not related to Star Trek. Secondly, a strange and unexpected phenomenon - science fiction readers are usually open-minded individuals, but some seem to have trouble understanding that this is a story - fiction. In some reviews, FEDERATION has been castigated by narrow-minded individuals who think it is some sort of socialist or communist manifesto. That would be like accusing George Orwell of promoting totalitarianism because he wrote 1984! This is a work of speculative fiction and if you are open-minded, you will love it for being what it is - a science fiction trilogy, not a political treatise.
FEDERATION takes close encounters to a whole new level. A galactic empire of a quarter of a million worlds stumbles across the Earth. When they ask, "Take me to your leader", the world is thrown into panic. We have no world leader, only many who might like to be. With elements of a political thriller, there is an intriguing storyline which addresses the environmental and myriad social problems faced by the world today.
The aliens' philosophy on life is totally unexpected. With the help of intelligent automatons, they've turned what many on Earth believe to be a reviled political system into a utopia for the masses, but are they a force for good or evil, and will the wealthy make the compromises needed for a successful outcome?
The story is told by a Daragnen university graduate, Yol Rummy Blin Breganin. He discovers that Earth failed in its attempt to join the Federation, and, for some unknown reason, members are forever banned from visiting or contacting the planet. Rummy had never heard of a whole world being outlawed. Perhaps it would be sensible to leave well enough alone but no, he decides to investigate…
FEDERATION is the first in a trilogy of near-future, hard (almost) science-fiction novels by Tony Harmsworth, the First Contact specialist.
Submerge yourself in humankind's cultural and economic dilemma. Get FEDERATION today. FEDERATION & EARTH is also available and HIDDEN FEDERATION. All three books are also available as audiobooks.