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The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell  was the 68th official Sword and Laser Book Club selection.


Reading period: Jan 1, 2015 - Jan 31, 2015


How/Why was this book chosen:

It won a Poll  of Sword & Laser's Goodreads Group members.

The Sparrow........................................83 votes 35.2%

Doomsday Book..................................61 votes 25.8%

Battle Royale.......................................46 votes 19.5%

The Snow Queen................................46 votes 19.5%

............................................................236 Total Votes


Sword & Laser Goodreads Group Discussion of The Sparrow


Sword & Laser Podcasts and Videos: Kick Off: S&L 165   Check In: S&L 167 Wrap Up: S&L 169


The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell Edit

In 2019, humanity finally finds proof of extraterrestrial life when a listening post in Puerto Rico picks up exquisite singing from a planet which will come to be known as Rakhat. While United Nations diplomats endlessly debate a possible first contact mission, the Society of Jesus quietly organizes an eight-person scientific expedition of its own. What the Jesuits find is a world so beyond comprehension that it will lead them to question the meaning of being "human." Words like "provocative" and "compelling" will come to mind as you read this shocking novel about first contact with a race that creates music akin to both poetry and prayer.

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