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Closer Encounters

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Closer Encounters

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Written by:  Echo Wing
Release date:  June 18, 2014

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An alien giantess named Qada comes to Earth, wishing to initiate peaceful contact with humanity. The United States government, opting against killing the alien, opts to begin a dialogue with her, appointing a young official from the State Department named Jessica Leeds to the task. The two women form a bond, even as the senior military official in charge, an aggressive warmonger named Tobias Carter, starts attempting to figure out a method of killing Qada, considering her a threat. Qada eventually shrinks down to a more normal size, and Carter takes the opportunity to take Qada into custody and begin aggressively interrogating her. Carter’s troops, however, take issue with this, and help Jessica and her husband to free Qada. Carter, however, shoots and injures Jessica. Qada promptly feeds Jessica some of her breast milk and, with a beam of energy from her ship, heals her, simultaneously causing both of them to grow into giantesses. Qada opts to leave, and Jessica remains on earth, slowly shrinking back to normal size.

Official Publisher's Review

This is a plain, simple story, with more humor value than anything else. The characters are basic and not particularly complicated, though the general is a near-comical exaggeration of real life. Compared to other efforts by the same author, this isn’t a particularly ambitious story, but it’s nonetheless fairly entertaining.

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  • Webspidr
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    I respectfully disagree with the review in the best way possible: the plot and characters in this story are MUCH more interesting and developed than the usual fare, and that’s already knowing the gist written in the review. Jessica doesn’t fall into any clear stereotype, nor does her husband, Marcus, nor does Qada (the alien). Maybe “comically exaggerating real-life” takes a little bit of real life’s complexity along for the ride. Even General Carter, the most stereotypical character of the bunch, gets plenty of time to explain himself and his point of view. Huge kudos to Echo Wing for pulling out all the stops story-wise, and to J.B.B. and J.J. McQuade for the wonderful illustrations! So far, this story has succeeded in giving “make love, not war” a whole new meaning. ;)