The Spaceship Next Door

Three years ago, a spaceship landed in an open field in the quiet mill town of Sorrow Falls, Massachusetts. It never opened its doors, and for all that time, the townspeople have wondered why the ship landed there, and what—or who—could be inside.

Then one day, a government operative—posing as a journalist—arrives in town, asking questions. He discovers sixteen year old Annie Collins, one of the ship’s closest neighbors, and a local fixture, known throughout the town, has some of the answers.

As a matter of fact, Annie Collins might be the most important person on the planet. She just doesn’t know it.

Cover Designer: Brian Moore

ISBN: 9781328567468
Format: Trade Paperback / Ebook
Publicity Contact: Stephanie Buschardt <>

About the Author

Gene Doucette is the author of the best-selling The Spaceship Next Door, the sci-fi mystery Unfiction, sci-fi thriller Fixer, and The Frequency of Aliens, a sequel to The Spaceship Next Door. He also writes the Immortal novels, a fantasy series. He is also an award‑winning screenwriter and playwright. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Praise for The Spaceship Next Door

Head-spinning ideas both power the narrative and invite the reader to think hard, while plenty of humor and action move the plot along.

—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Doucette uses a mashup of science fiction and horror tropes to explore what happens in a small town after a seemingly cataclysmic event. […] A fun and heartwarming send-up of classic science fiction.

The Washington Post

An enormously enjoyable first contact story you won’t forget from a talented new voice in sci-fi!

—A.G Riddle, Bestselling author of The Atlantis Gene and Pandemic

The Spaceship Next Door is a must-read hit.


Doucette’s genial, leisurely novel feels like a throwback to the squeaky clean science fiction of the mid-20th century. […] The town is vividly realized and described, and its physical and social reality helps ground the more unlikely elements of the story in a sense of place. Doucette’s dry sense of humor and obvious affection for his characters go a long way […] A warmhearted ode to a simpler time and place in a community so small that everybody knows everybody else’s business.


Those who enjoy SF with a strong dose of the absurd will gravitate to The Spaceship Next Door. […] A fun, bubbly read with an epic showdown.

Omnivoracious Amazon Book Review

The Spaceship Next Door is an atmospheric, smart, first-contact tale that’s filled with humor and twists.

Geeks of Doom