The Man Who Fell To Earth Author:Walter Tevis There are few examples in American literature of novels that speak to the existential loneliness of human beings as compellingly and beautifully as The Man Who Fell to Earth. Through the story of Thomas J. Newton, an all-too-human alien who has journeyed to Earth from Anthea in the hope of saving his dying people, Walter Tevis captures the terr... more »ors and peculiar delights of visiting a strange but not entirely unrecognizable culture.
New ton uses his advanced technological know-how to build an immense personal fortune, then uses the fortune to construct a vessel that will rescue the Antheans. But Newton fails to account for the traumas inherent in living in an alien civilization. If the physical adjustments cause him enormous difficulties, it is his spiritual and emotional dilemmas that lead ultimately to his downfall.
The Man Who Fell to Earth brilliantly combines psychological realism with an archetypal science fiction plot to depict an essential component of human experience. As Norman Spinrad noted, it is that rare example of a science fiction novel written by a mainstream author that "not only succeeds on the genre's own terms but which demonstrates the possibilities of whole new angles of attack through which the conventional SF material may be transmogrified."« less