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Alien Love or Thank You Alpha Centauri

A novella by Dale Rominger

ISBN: Hardcover 978-1-4691-5089-5
             Softcover 978-1-4691-5088-8
             Ebook 978-1-4691-5090-1

Alien Love is available in hardcover, paperback and eBook for Kindle (also Kindle for Android and iPad), the Nook, Sony Reader, etc. The book can be purchased at the following:
Xlibris Press

Dale Rominger Books


Meet Pepito Pusinka Russell. He is the son of a father who was a James Joyce scholar and a mother who died in an accident two months before his birth. He was named after Bohumil Hrabal’s two cats.  He was raised to revere Ulysses though he can make no sense of it. He falls in love with a beautiful woman whose language he cannot speak. He is the respectable proprietor of Forbidden Planet Imports and Exports, a trading company which brings native crafts from around the globe to an eager American market. Life is normal.


It is sometime in the future. China is the world superpower with mining colonies on the moon and Mars and a spaceship full of settlers en route to Alpha Centauri. The human species has survived the economic and environmental catastrophes of the early 21st century, no thanks to George W. Bush. People still tell stories, but by law they all have to have happy endings. The nations of the West have outlawed the manufacturing of essential petroleum products, but Americans adore the handmade arts and crafts of other cultures.


One day Pepi discovers a secret. His mother was not the ideal person he had always believed her to be. Disillusioned and desperate, he begins to doubt his wife as well, catapulting them both into a Week of Living Hell. The marriage is hanging by a thread as he leaves on an essential business trip.


Laura, Pepi’s wife, is completely unnerved by what happens next. The husband she puts on the plane is suspicious, jealous and full of accusations. The one who comes back is affectionate, generous and full of apologies. What happened? Is it possible for a human being to change so profoundly? Surely not. Laura persuades Pepi to check himself into a psychiatric facility for professional evaluation and therapy.


Alien Love is Pepi’s “essay” written in the care home.  Through extended argument he challenges the reader to judge who is right: the psychiatrist who can explain everything via pathology and biochemicals, or himself, with an amazing story he can almost (but not quite) prove. He says that he is a simulacrum, a representative replacement of the original Pepi whose fate he does not know.  He says that he was abducted by aliens, taken to the Mothership and transformed, for reasons of pure compassionate benevolence. Pepi makes his case for beauty, meaning and love in the face of scientific rationalism. Along the way he deconstructs Moby Dick, agonizes over his personal LoveMap, pits the Radical Revisionist G.K. Schumann against his psychiatrist’s more orthodox authorities, philosophizes about connectedness with a mother he never knew, comments on Chinese hegemony, explains the physics of space travel and sets us straight on the brain/mind paradox.


This is an essential read for anyone who has ever wondered about reality. Encountering Pepito Pusinka Russell is nearly as rich an experience as being abducted by aliens.