Ricksted's Syndrome children are slow to acquire normal human language but can understand non-human language. When invasion by hostile viking-like aliens is imminent, SETI scientist receive a warning message from a friendly alien but it sounds like gobbledygook! Two Ricksted children are able to come to the rescue. The USA president wants to nuke the aliens - not a good idea! The invasion starts just as the Ricksted children (with a little help from friends) have a breakthrough. This is NOT a children's book!
John Nichols graduated from Liverpool Medical School in 1967 and entered General Practice in Guildford in 1971. He spent six months as research assistant to Ian Watson at the Shere GP practice in Surrey working on various projects including a trial of revaccination against measles 5-10 years after primary immunisation which showed a decline in immunity that was boosted by revaccination. In 1973 he joined The Fairlands GP Practice near Guildford where he was able to collaborate with university colleagues on a number of research projects. He was also a GP trainer for 20 years. He graduated the MSc Nutritional Medicine in 2005 and was subsequently appointed as a Visiting Research Fellow in 2011. He has published research on zinc status and postnatal depression, trace elements and female infertility, smoking cessation, diverticular disease and the use of probiotics in primary care. Published books include two books on Nutritional Medicine and three works of fiction. One science fiction novel has been published as a paperback and two are currently only available as e-books; all available through Amazon books.
The "weak signal" has been identified as the efforts of a friendly alien to make contact and to help humans defend themselves from the hostile aliens but the adult scientists have been unable to decipher this message. Dr Amanda Dixon is certain that these two Ricksted children can "crack the code". Here they are just making a start but have a long way to go before a genuine breakthrough. Why are these alien messages so difficult to understand? Will they be able to crack the code and communicate with the friendly alien in time to save humanity? What can be done to defeat the hostile aliens anyway?
Professor Ricksted's Children and the Aliens
On the first day, the children were given examples of animal language to decipher. An expert in animal communication from the University of Manchester sat in the background making notes. Jack’s uncanny ability to decipher whale calls may not have been quite so magical. Mrs Parsons remembered that when he was a baby, she had played whale music to soothe him to sleep. Little Amanda, without this advantage, was less impressive on whale calls. On the other hand, she was better at translating monkey chatter. The animal communications expert reported that at least 65% of the children’s interpretations were in accord with current thinking. After three days of this, the psychologists reckoned that the children were ready for something more demanding. It was time to introduce them to the ‘whale song’ derived from the weak signal. The children were told that this was a new language that came from animals from another planet that sounded a bit like whale music. Straight away little Amanda said, ‘Do you mean the aliens in that space ship that everyone is talking about?’