Hardcover, 196 pages
Published July 19 2013 by Dog Star Books
How far would you go to unlock the mysteries of an alien culture? Journalist and adventurer Xavier William Lennox becomes obsessed with the rituals of the Fireflies, an alien culture of gold-skinned inhabitants living on the planet Medina. When he gets too close to their mysterious society, he's captured, tortured, and banished for defying their laws, but vows to learn what the aliens are so desperate to hide, even if it means becoming one of them. His curiosity doesn't end there. As opportunities arise to study more alien races, Lennox takes cultural immersion to the breaking point. He not only buries himself in the language and customs of the aliens, but also undergoes severe surgeries to become one of them. Each time his humanity is stretched until he faces his biggest challenge-trying to return to the ordinary life of a man who has experienced the universe in ways he was never meant to.
Reprint coming soon from Dog Star Books, in affiliation with Raw Dog Screaming Press.
Big fan of Mike Resnick, he always comes out with a character of awesome likeness. A man of many awards, for his sci-fi work. I recommend his Stalking The Vampire and his other "Stalking" titles.
In "Miracle of Rare Design" he presents his main character, Lennox - a thrill seeker with a self-centered ego. After being brutally assaulted by a Firefly alien race and left for dead, Lennox gets the opportunity to return as a Firefly. After mastering its movements and native tongue, he tries to make a deal with the alien race for planet earth.
In a change of events, the missions keep coming, taking him to other alternate planets to become one of their alien race and learn there way of living. One transformation leads to another like an addiction. Returning to human doesn't seem right . . . but you'll have to read and find out the path Lennox chooses.
If you are a fan of Resnick then pick this up, If you already read it, read it again (includes prologue by Heidi Ruby Miller). If you are new to Resnick's work, great book to start with. GREAT READ!!
(as posted by Donald on Goodreads)