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Aliens Among Us? In New Novel, Humans Must Decide Whether E.T. Is Friend or Foe, Presented by Outskirts Press

River Falls, WI, March 11, 2010 --( Fans of literary science fiction are in for a gripping read with the release of Empire of Peace, author Don Johnson’s exciting new book about aliens, war, and a future earth on a collision course with total annihilation.

Just released by Mann Valley Press (, Empire of Peace posits a brave new world on the threshold of the 22nd century when video-cams watch our every move, terrorist bombings are a routine occurrence and the US government has been replaced by the United Corporations of America. Suddenly, first contact with a race of extraterrestrials called the buffins splits the globe into two camps: those who see the aliens as benevolent neighbors intent on saving the human race, and others who are determined to destroy them.

It’s at this critical moment that Ernie Grace and Tanya Andrekov-Sanchez, children of powerful but opposing international leaders, are thrown together as a two-person Mars exploration team. During a routine reconnaissance, the pair discovers what could be the aliens’ home base deep below the Martian surface. The shocking sequence of events that follows will change not only the young explorers’ lives, but also the fate of both species.

Brilliantly imagined and intricately drawn, Empire of Peace asks the hard questions about where we are and where we’re headed: Are we hard-wired for violence? Is universal peace even possible? What are the reasons behind our continued conflicts? And how should humans assess extraterrestrial visitors and react upon their discovery?

Mixing the heady intellectual ambition of a Robert A. Heinlein with the future-shock vision of a Philip K. Dick, Don Johnson solidifies himself as a premier sci-fi writer with a unique edge in this must-read book.

Empire of Peace is now available through Ingram, Baker & Taylor,,, and the online bookstore of Outskirts Press, at

Book Statistics
ISBN: 978-0-615-29674-6
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Size and Format:
6.14x9.21 Paperback
Page Count: 396
Genre: Fiction

About the Author: Don Johnson has been spinning tales about buffins since the 1970s. The gentle extraterrestrials first appeared in stories he told to teens at camps, clubs and around campfires while a professional youth worker in Kansas City. Now, after a business consulting career and a published book on leadership, he offers this tale of “evolved” buffins to reflect his Quaker worldview to adult appreciators of literary science fiction. Don lives with his wife, Pam, on a 19th-century farm in western Wisconsin.

Author Contact: Visit the author on the Web at or

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