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In 2048, humanity accidentally discovers a wormhole in orbit around earth leading to an alien planet. Two citizens, Bob Sakamoto and Ted Decker go through before any government or corporate spaceflight agency can organize a mission. Needless to say, they aren't ready for what happens next. In the ensuing months, Earth scrambles to take advantage of the planet (which is named Groenheid), ultimately destabilizing the native societies. When the wormhole used for travel seals up, things stretch to the breaking point; Bob and Decker find themselves trapped inside a bloody regional war.

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In 2048, humanity accidentally discovers a wormhole in orbit around earth leading to an alien planet. Two citizens, Bob Sakamoto and Ted Decker go through before any government or corporate spaceflight agency can organize a mission. Needless to say, they aren't ready for what happens next. In the ensuing months, Earth scrambles to take advantage of the planet (which is named Groenheid), ultimately destabilizing the native societies. When the wormhole used for travel seals up, things stretch to the breaking point; Bob and Decker find themselves trapped inside a bloody regional war.


* GenreSavvy: The main characters occasionally reference real-life science fiction stories in their conversations. For example, Sega asks Bob and Decker not to make any ''[[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey 2001]]'' references as they go through the Earth-Groenheid wormhole.


First Contact Is Bad For You is a novel by Gabe Kagan published in 2011, where an unfortunate alien species is on the receiving end of humanity's [[FirstContact first contact]]. Self-explanatory, right?

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First ''First Contact Is Bad For You You'' is a novel by Gabe Kagan published in 2011, where an unfortunate alien species is on the receiving end of humanity's [[FirstContact first contact]]. Self-explanatory, right?


* GenreSavvy: The main characters occasionally reference real-life science fiction stories in their conversations. For example, Sega asks Bob and Decker not to make any [[ASpaceOdyssey 2001]] references as they go through the Earth-Groenheid wormhole.

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* GenreSavvy: The main characters occasionally reference real-life science fiction stories in their conversations. For example, Sega asks Bob and Decker not to make any [[ASpaceOdyssey 2001]] ''[[Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey 2001]]'' references as they go through the Earth-Groenheid wormhole.


Other works by the author include the short Beast Wars fanfiction, "Merchandise Driven" and the ongoing alternate history series "Scramble for the Americas".

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Other works by As of December 2013, the author include the short Beast Wars fanfiction, "Merchandise Driven" sequel (Second Contact Is Worse) has been written and the ongoing alternate history series "Scramble for the Americas".
is awaiting publication.

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->"''Iím not a bear, gotterdammit! Iím justÖerm... phenotypically disadvantaged!''"
->-- Ted Decker

First Contact Is Bad For You is a novel by Gabe Kagan published in 2011, where an unfortunate alien species is on the receiving end of humanity's [[FirstContact first contact]]. Self-explanatory, right?

In 2048, humanity accidentally discovers a wormhole in orbit around earth leading to an alien planet. Two citizens, Bob Sakamoto and Ted Decker go through before any government or corporate spaceflight agency can organize a mission. Needless to say, they aren't ready for what happens next. In the ensuing months, Earth scrambles to take advantage of the planet (which is named Groenheid), ultimately destabilizing the native societies. When the wormhole used for travel seals up, things stretch to the breaking point; Bob and Decker find themselves trapped inside a bloody regional war.

Incidentally, one of the selling points is that Decker is a [[FunnyAnimal talking bear]].

Other works by the author include the short Beast Wars fanfiction, "Merchandise Driven" and the ongoing alternate history series "Scramble for the Americas".

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!!This book provides examples of:
* BenevolentPrecursors: Not discussed in great depth, but implied to be responsible for the existence of Cromlech, the robot discovered on Groenheid. Cromlech is found to be friendly and cooperative, and is [[spoiler: integral to the repair of the Earth-Groenheid wormhole.]]
* FrozenFace: Sega Nintendo Johnson (whom Bob and Decker hire for the Groenheid mission) never stops smiling, and claims to always be happy. However, he almost stops for a moment, when the Earth-Groenheid wormhole seals up.
* FunnyAnimal: Decker, who claims to be a human whose brain was originally placed in a stuffed bear. Then the military experimented on him and tweaked his design.
* GenreSavvy: The main characters occasionally reference real-life science fiction stories in their conversations. For example, Sega asks Bob and Decker not to make any [[ASpaceOdyssey 2001]] references as they go through the Earth-Groenheid wormhole.
* IronLady: Mrs. Nesbitt, one of Bob and Decker's colleagues on Groenheid. Her husband, Tiberius is a governor, but she makes the important decisions for him, especially in Earth-related affairs. Subverted and lampshaded early on, where she briefly tries pretending [[TheDitz to be a bubbly airhead]].
* Mohs/PhysicsPlus: The main example being the wormhole between Earth and Epsilon Eridani, later revealed to be [[spoiler:part of a larger network of wormholes]] created by unknown forces. They're also responsible for some of the ruins on Groenheid, as well as Cromlech. Otherwise, technology isn't significantly advanced from the real world in 2011.
* PuppetKing: Tiberius Nesbitt is the governor of the country of Rudlacku (later named Ted because the protagonists think it's a stupid name), but his wife Lucia has far more influence, partially due to being one of the first to meet Bob and Decker.
* SchizoTech: First [[PlayedForLaughs played for humor]] when Bob Sakamoto creates a laser rifle [[SteamPunk out of antiquated materials]]. Later played for drama when the weapons turn out to still be much deadlier than anything Groenheid has manufactured, contributing to bloody warfare.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Computers are faster than in the present, and the average citizen makes better use of them. Humanity has access to mass transit helicopters, fission powered spacecraft, and a small colony on the moon. Cybernetics and robotics are also relatively advanced; Bob Sakamoto was a cybernetics salesman prior to the events of the book.
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