Sometimes a book will sit on my shelf for a long time before I get around to reading it. (Books on my shelf are generally books I haven't read.) I read Wilson's A Bridge of Years in 1996, and though I can't remember much about it now, at the time I really liked it, enough so that I picked up The Harvest when I saw a copy. That was probably close to 20 years ago. This is a nicely written sci-fi book which concentrates more on the human element and human interaction than the sci-fi elements, which really set up the story and then serve more as the backdrop to what's going on with the characters. And it's an intriguing set-up: a giant alien spacecraft arrives in earth orbit, but doesn't communicate with humans as it sits up there for a year. Then in one long extended night, everyone dreams essentially the same dream in which they are offered immortality although it means giving up being human. Only about one in 10,000 turn down the aliens' offer, and the novel, of course, tells the story of a group of those who do just that. It's a story that would make for a good TV series, although some of the technology (cassette Walkmans, VCRs) is dated to the early '90s. There are a number of separate stories that get tied together, although not until well into the novel, and most of the characters are pretty interesting. I thought that the ending came a little too quickly (after 430 pages building up) and that ending left things a little too open-ended, but overall I found this a good read, and an author worth keeping an eye out for.