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.