Camouflage is high-concept entertainment that makes for the kind of Where Camouflage rises above its swipes is in Joe Haldeman’s crisp and witty writing. Joe Haldeman’s Camouflage, a near-future SF thriller that alternates between the experiences of two different aliens who land on Earth. Near-future aliens-among-us yarn, from the author of Forever Free (), etc.

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The Contra Costa Times was unimpressed: But Camouflage is primarily the changeling’s story, from the day it rises from the oceans where it has been living as a shark for ages, and encounters human beings for the first time.

Xamouflage author, Haldeman, has apparently won several awards for multiple books. The interesting thing that Haldeman does with the premise is have one of the aliens develop layers of thoughts, emotions and attachments to the humans surrounding it. Le Guinwrote in her decision, “An ageless, sexless entity who can take any form is at first indifferent haldekan gender; as it grows more human, the choice becomes more important to it; it ends up a woman by preference.

Campbell’s “Who Goes There? It is drawn to the device and suspects it has something to do with where the creature came from. Likewise the human scientists researching the artifact were not very interesting, but the the focus wasn’t so much on them as characters anyway; it was more about their work on the artifact. Still, recommended, particularly as light, upbeat reading with a bit of suspense and a lot of characterization.

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And yet, here are these damn aliens, casually living forever and growing back severed body parts and breathing underwater and building things nobody can break and having better sex than you do as if it were just another day at the office. As a recommenda Read the prologue and stop right there. May 17, Stuart rated it it was ok Shelves: But without having read any other book that would have been up for the Nebula, I can’t say that definitively. Retrieved from ” https: With both aliens on the island and one of them inextricably linked to the object, answers are near at hand Granted, the book isn’t even pages long, so not every possibility could be explored, but the problem exists that some of those interesting ideas are briefly teased, and then never heard of again.


Like, maybe, the movies ‘Species’ and ‘Starman’ mashed up? Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Through the years, it has learned about seduction. There can only be one On a site in Samoa, they attempt to probe its secrets, but the superdense, superheavy object proves impervious.

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Yes No Thanks for your feedback! In fact, let’s have two aliens that try to hide amongst the Earthlings and contrast how that affects them. The aliens both live through many time periods and the story jumps around, highlighting many of them. Emotion and death seem to be characteristics singled out as definining humanity. Hoping for material gain, a secret team is assembled to ‘salvage’ it and investigate it.

Seven miles down, at the bottom of an oceanic trench, reposes a small, metallic, impenetrable object. Jan 19, Miriam rated it liked it Shelves: Haldwman a vapid movie in the cinemas now [referring to Alien vs. The title should be at least 4 characters long.

Camouflage: 6

Two immortal, shapeshifting beings journey through time in very different ways, experiencing human life and searching for others like them. In its shark guise, it returns there whenever it can. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


The story takes some decidedly strange turns, but remains a fascinating exploration of our very worst characteristics, benefiting from Haldeman’s talent for vicious fictional violence. Two shapeshifters’ inevitable journey to confront one another [s].

They aren’t the same species, and the story focuses almost entirely on the “good” one. It develops a conscience and begins to treat humans with respect and forbearance, with restraint. Eventually, it discovered humans.

On the downside, almost no character development and the sex is male wish fulfilment – but that could be said of most examples in this genre. Work Done for Hire. In fact, since both aliens are immortal I thought camouflaye whole time line was pretty rushed.

Eventually, after living on our home world long enough, it becomes apparent that their memory is not as long lasting as their lives, and they begin to question where they came baldeman.

The Changeling has survived by adapting the forms of many different organisms. She’s beaming with pride. Probably the most visceral and emotionally intense part of Camouflage relives the Bataan Death March from the eyes of the Changeling. It was great right up until the end, where it felt like the author just decided he was hldeman of all the intrigue and just killed the book with a contrived showdown that was the most predictable ending that could have taken camofulage.

The Forge of God. Also, if an alien artefact transmutes all the plutonium in a reactor into lead presumably, also taking away the surplus electronsthe reactor will not stop producing power within a millisecond; it has to cool down.