The Humans

The Humans

Book - 2013
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Our hero, Professor Andrew Martin, is dead before the book even begins. As it turns out, though, he wasn't a very nice man, as the alien imposter who now occupies his body discovers. Sent to Earth to destroy evidence that Andrew had solved a major mathematical problem, the alien soon finds himself learning more about the professor, his family and "the humans" than he ever expected. When he begins to fall for his own wife and son, who have no idea he's not the real Andrew, he must choose between completing his mission and returning home, or finding a new home, right here on Earth.
Publisher: Edinburgh, [Scotland] :, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.,, [2013]
Edition: First Canadian edition
ISBN: 9781443423656
Branch Call Number: FICTION HAI
Characteristics: x, 294 pages ; 22 cm


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Our hero, Professor Andrew Martin, is dead before the book begins. As it turns out, though, he wasn’t a very nice man, as the alien imposter who now occupies his body discovers.

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Oct 12, 2017

This was an excellent read! The plot was engaging and exciting. It questions major forces that drive humans, well written with a great lineup of characters. A story you hope will not end, but eventually does :(

AL_LESLEY Nov 09, 2016

A clever and humorous science fiction tale of the differences of what it means to live in a 'civilization' versus what it means to actually be human. I want to read some Dickenson now!

AL_CODY Aug 04, 2016

The story of an alien who tries to make sense of what being human is all about.

Jan 09, 2016

Very enjoyable and moving book. Puts things into perspective and makes us appreciate what is great about humans.

Jan 29, 2015

Any story with the great mathematical physicist G.F.B. Riemann as a plot focus is grand! Seriously though, anyone interested in Einstein should read Riemann's original papers on quantum geometry - - and note the Riemann's wording, and Einstein's theory on relativity published 60 years later, are remarkably similar?

Jan 29, 2015

I loved the irony and social commentary. Great story!

path111 Jan 26, 2015

An extraterrestrial was sent to earth to staunch math progress destined to move the human race forward. He takes on the identity of a professor. In his attitudes he carries from home his disdain for this primitive planet. Humans lack the intellect and mathematical modeling to never be hampered by suffering or even death. His observations of life on this earth are an illuminating look at ourselves. But, he discovers, there is another side of humans that gives their finite lives meaning.

Aug 04, 2014

A very insightful novel. A must read, especially on days when you wonder why you are on the planet Earth. Definitely makes you question why we do things the way we do.

Feb 09, 2014

The absolute smartest novel I have ever read. I thoroughly enjoyed the alien description of common human practices. That viewpoint from the outside looking in is poignant and enlightening. I was floored by the idiosyncrasies that we overlook like wardrobe, diet, or morals. When it's all said and done despite the countless flaws of humanity, man's existence is rivaled by none. The Alien's list for Gulliver was awe-inspiring.

Jan 28, 2014

This is a wonderful book. It is funny and quite poignant and moving at times. I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading some of his other books.

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