The theme of science fiction author Robert Charles Wilson’s BURNING PARADISE, now out in paperback, is how extraterrestrials influence the lives of humans over a long period of time. It’s similar to the theme that powered his excellent SPIN trilogy (starting with the title novel and in the two continuing entries, AXIS and VORTEX). But where the aliens made their presence sudden and unmistakable in SPIN, here their appearance is so subtle and enduring that most of humanity is unaware of it.
The story takes place in 2014, but in a world much different from ours. There has been a hundred years of peace since the Great Armistice of 1914. There was no Great Depression, no World War II. Social unrest is rare and prosperity has increased over the world.