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Winner of the 2016 John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of the Year
There are two themes to Radiomen. First, if there are aliens interacting with our world they are likely just as confused about who or what God is as human beings are; and second, whoever they are, they're probably just as fond of dogs as we are.
Laurie, a woman who works at a bar at Kennedy airport doesn't remember that when she was a child, she met an alien on the fire escape of a building where her uncle kept a shortwave radio. The radio is part of a universal network of repeaters maintained by an unknown alien race; they us the network to broadcast prayers into the universe.
She meets a psychic who is actually part of a Scientology-like cult called the "Blue Awareness," as well as a late-night radio host. All have their own reasons for unraveling the mystery of the lost radio network.
Laurie is given a strange dog by her neighbor, an immigrant and a member of the Dogon tribe - people who believe they were visited by aliens long ago and repeat a myth about how the aliens brought dog-like animals with them. All Dogon dogs are supposedly descended from that animal.
As conflict develops between the Blue Awareness leader and the other characters, the Dogon acts as an intermediary between the humans, who want to understand why the aliens need the radio network, and the aliens who need the humans to help them find a lost element of the universal network.
ELEANOR LERMAN is a writer who lives in New York. Her first book of poetry, Armed Love, published when she was twenty-one, was a National Book Award finalist. She has since published several other award-winning collections of poetry - Come the Sweet By and By; The Mystery of Meteors; Our Post-Soviet History Unfolds; and The Sensual World Re-Emerges, along with The Blonde on the Train, a collection of short stories.
Eleanor was awrded the 2006 Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize from the Academy of American Poets and The Nation magazine, and received a 2007 Poetry Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2011 she received a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her first novel, Janet Planet, based on the life of Carlos Castaneda, was published in 2011. Her latest collection of poetry, Strange Life, was published in 2014.