An alien ship rests over Water Island. For five years the people of the US Virgin Islands have lived with the Ynaa, a race of superadvanced aliens on a research mission they will not fully disclose. They are benevolent in many ways but meet any act of aggression with disproportional wrath. This has led to a strained relationship between the Ynaa and the local Virgin Islanders and a peace that cannot last.


A year after the death of a young boy at the hands of an Ynaa, three families find themselves at the center of the inevitable conflict, witness and victim to events that will touch everyone and teach a terrible lesson.


"If Frantz Fanon had written War of the Worlds, he might have produced something like The Lesson." -- Peter Mack, The Rumpus


"... combines a solid, modest gravitas, a homey quotidian ambiance, a sophistication of character development, and some genuine SFnal strangeness into a unique and savory gumbo." -- Paul Di Filippo, Locus

The Lesson by Cadwell Turnbull

  • Blackstone Publishing 2020

    New paperback

    265 pages