Reviews for First Contact
Guest chapter 16 . 7/12/2016
"(a strange name, especially with the nonsensical stalling phrase at the end—surely she misheard it)"

Yeah, if she's absorbed the language well enough to communicate, she *will* recognize that as the reduced form of the third-person plural personal pronoun. She might unconsciously upstep it into a more formalized register (as "Texas Hold Them") if not informed that the reduced form is obligatory, but...
Guest chapter 15 . 7/12/2016
"those whom fully accept"

those *who* fully accept. Yes, 'whom' is unambiguously wrong here.
Guest chapter 13 . 7/12/2016
"You wouldn't believe it, but several common and important words..."
Eh. The only difference between that and a common and important word having several different utility-meanings is orthographic reform. Anyone acquainted with diachronic linguistics (and someone will be) will know exactly how that sort of thing comes to happen.

"Just look at Mandarin or Japanese..."
True for Mandarin, and for most other varieties of Chinese. NOT true for Japanese; many kanji have multisyllabic pronunciations, and there's a commonly used syllabary, anyway.

"A few moments of shock later, and she was laughing harder..."
You're hammering in the HFY a little too hard there. Let me try that:

And of course, Keigo, the mostly-shameless person of the trio, was the one to answer. "Rule 34 is pretty simple. It states: 'There is porn of it. No exceptions.'"

"Ah," Wavela responded eloquently. She tilted her head in an almost precisely human gesture of momentary consideration, and after a moment, concluded: "Yes."
Guest chapter 11 . 7/12/2016
"Needing/Wanting" music video:

So this is funny.

The thing is, now that it's 2016—only four years later!—and 'self-driving' cars exist, this video just isn't that impressive: it shouldn't be too difficult to preprogram the car's movements and just set it going. I mean, *I* know they didn't do that, but I doubt Tevos will think it's anything but a preprogrammed course. Hell, your average Terran of 2034 is probably going to assume the same! (Fixable by adding 'manually piloted' to Wavela's note, of course.)

Separately from that, though, were musical Rube Goldbergs really new, even in 2012? The phrase "sheer novelty" seems overkill. At the very least, Minecraft note-blocks were released in January 2011, and while adapting the music-generating-minecart-ride genre to RL was a feat of engineering (and, in this case, piloting), it did exist. And before you object: no, I've never even played Minecraft. If it's an independent invention on OK GO's part, then... well, that just means it's likely a Citadel race would have done it too.

I also doubt Tevos would recognize the pianos as instruments at all. (The guitars, maybe.)

Also, it's "Needing/Getting".
Guest chapter 9 . 7/12/2016
"Early adoption of rocketry (spurned forward [...]"
Should be 'spurred', not 'spurned'.

"Here Men From The Planet Earth [...]"
This shouldn't be in title case; the plaque itself was all-caps, but in quotation, should be reduced to ordinary sentence-casing. (Unless, perhaps, you're writing a Homestuck fic and portraying Kanaya Maryam.)
FelixtheSax chapter 16 . 7/8/2016
This has been an awesome read. I love all of the "what if's" that go into this kind of thing. Hope you continue it.
Mab's Mad Fiddler chapter 6 . 6/30/2016
OK, so I guess in a mass effect universe, it does appear that human fiction authors posses limmited pre-cog, as it were.
Haereticum chapter 8 . 6/17/2016
If you're interested, wolves and dogs have been reclassified as a single species with the name Canis Lupus Familiaris.
Ibskib chapter 14 . 5/30/2016
small correction:
and immovable object - an immovable object
Ibskib chapter 4 . 5/30/2016
Rather than Star Wars, I think Star Trek is a better example of some of the things mentioned in the description, there are also numerous examples of first contact is Star Trek which I think should be of interest to Aliens exploring human media, but then again maybe it's just a bit of Trekkie bias from my side. :-)

I relaly hope Wavela didn't die in that, I like her, and after her reaction to Kate it's the first shipping option so far.
Guest chapter 16 . 4/28/2016
This was a delightfully different take on first contact and I enjoyed every chapter.
Guest chapter 13 . 4/28/2016
(Me and two others literally falling over from laughter.) That's a first for a first contact/ extra-terrestrial story. XD
Guest chapter 12 . 4/28/2016
I can actually see that cute thing being found weird and simultaneously hilarious to an alien race.
Guest chapter 1 . 4/28/2016
Orchestra of ruin chapter 16 . 4/29/2016
If your reading this Animus of Masada please continue this. This is an excellent awesome, intense, hilarious and heartfelt story. I love it.
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