Constellation Games by Leonard Richardson

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Ariel Blum is pushing thirty and has very little to show for it. He's using his computer science degree to write pony-themed video games for ten-year-olds. He hasn't met a nice Jewish girl because he's secretly in love with his best friend, Jenny Gallegos. Whenever he tries to make something of his life, he finds himself back on the couch, replaying the games of his youth.

Then the aliens show up.

Ever since he was a kid, Ariel has been secretly waiting for aliens to come to Earth and solve all of humanity's problems. Or invade and enslave us all, whatever, it's cool. But now that the aliens have actually arrived, there's a problem - Ariel's life hasn't changed. He's still writing cheesy games for little girls, and he's still getting nowhere.

But video games might just be the answer. Contact with a brilliant alien anthropologist named Curic gives Ariel access to an entire galaxy's worth of alien games, and he sets out to understand the aliens by playing their games.

The real aliens are not here to invade, but they're also not very good at solving humanity's problems. Used as a pawn by both his government and the aliens, with the future of his species at stake, Ariel will take the step that nothing on Earth could make him take: he'll decide to grow up.

About Leonard Richardson

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Leonard Richardson ( is the author of the Ruby Cookbook (O'Reilly) and of several open source libraries, including Beautiful Soup. A California native, he currently lives in New York. An internationally known author and lecturer, Mike Amundsen travels throughout the United States and Europe consulting and speaking on a wide range of topics including distributed network architecture, Web application development, Cloud computing, and other subjects. His recent work focuses on the role hypermedia plays in creating and maintaining applications that can successfully evolve over time. He has more than a dozen books to his credit and recently contributed to the book "RESTful Web Services Cookbook" (by Subbu Allamaraju). When he is not working, Mike enjoys spending time with his family in Kentucky, USA. Sam Ruby is a prominent software developer who is a co-chair of the W3C HTML Working Group and has made significant contributions to many of the Apache Software Foundation's open source software projects. He is a Senior Technical Staff Member in the Emerging Technologies Group of IBM.
Published July 31, 2012 by Candlemark & Gleam. 480 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment, Computers & Technology. Fiction

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Starburst Magazine

Or Tetsuo, another alien with a need to teach increasingly odd collage courses as well as impart knowledge about alien computer games.

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Strange Horizons

Constellation Games is a very funny book, with an effective sweep into pathos that delivers a powerful message.

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