Secrets complicate the life of 12-year-old psychic Aria Vanir of Virginia Beach, from the predictions she receives to the alien lands she views when she stares at the stars.
In Aria’s universe, spiritually and technologically advanced aliens–the Gallions–have been waiting for the perfect opportunity to make first contact with a human worthy of meeting their queen. While Aria attempts to pass challenges to meet Queen Supreme Nashata of the Gallions, the Navy sends her SEAL father on a mission to capture or destroy the alien superspaceship.
In May, 2028, mesmerizing stars entice Aria Vanir to write in her transmission diary:
Calling all aliens! Hi. My name is Aria. I’m 12 years old and live in Virginia Beach.
Would you like to travel to Earth in your spaceship and visit me? School ends in a few weeks, and we could hang out at the beach every day. Except when it rains. My friend, Tommy, and I build sandcastles. My sister, Jackie, and her friends surf whenever the waves are high enough. Summer is a really funtastic time, especially since I don’t have any homework.
I’m sure you’ll be happy here, especially the aliens from the planet with 2 suns and small, treeless mountains and black birds that swim and . . . oh yeah, small waves in a white ocean. We have bigger waves on blue waters, and our birds have to stay in the air or float on the water. Otherwise they’d drown. Jackie couldn’t surf on your planet. We would have fun in a raft, though.
Well, that’s all I have to say right now. Ask your parents if you can visit me. Good night.
Your ambassador from Earth,
Rock Stars in Aria’s Universe
Queen Supreme Nashata rules her people more like Margaret Thatcher than Queen Elizabeth II. She wonders, “How could a human youngirl on Earth know so much about the land of the Gallions? Of all the aliens, why would Aria specifically invite the Gallions to visit her? Could this be the sign I’ve been waiting for?”
Nashata orders her son, Mitushi, commander supreme of the Gallion Fleet, to fly her to Earth on a diplomatic mission to test Aria’s worthiness of meeting the Gallion ruler. The queen also requests that Ora, Mitushi’s wife and expert shielder, join them and bring Ora’s best shielders in case the Gallions experience resistance from humans. The queen warns against any involvement with militaries or governments on Earth.
Alien RSVP: Yes!
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