Pale Blue Dot

by Kathryn Marquet

“Two possibilities exist. Either we are alone in the universe, or we are not. Both are equally terrifying.” Arthur C. Clarke


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Here is a captivating new comedy about aliens, alienation and the terrifying and comforting thought that we are not alone.

Insurance fraud investigator Joel Pinkerton doesn’t believe in aliens. So when his company introduced UFO abduction insurance as a publicity stunt a few years ago, he never gave it much thought. Until now.

When Joel is called to investigate the possible alien abduction of 16-year-old schoolgirl Storm, he finds himself drawn into intergalactic intrigue and conspiracy theories. What happened to Storm during those missing 24 hours? And how did she wake up in an empty field 200km from home? As Joel gets sucked up in the vortex, he begins to feel increasingly alienated from his wife Holly and their newborn baby girl, who is exhibiting some very odd behaviours of her own…

ISBN: 978 1 921390 74 6


"Kathryn Marquet’s great skill has been to create a play that investigates alienation not up in the skies but within our own lives."

Arts Hub

"Is this just a send-up of the possibility of other life forms in the universe, or are we invited to take the concept seriously? That is perhaps the triumph of this very clever comedy, that it leaves even the most cynical among us wondering just a little, and a little unsure of what we have always taken as certainties."

Daily Review

"Sometimes pure comedy and a dramady at others, the writing is clever and witty."


"Her first play, Pale Blue Dot, spins the majesty of space science, the comedy of alien conspiracy theories and the terror of domestic relationships into a stellar theatrical yarn. The story is both comfortingly local and compellingly universal, and it’s the kind of dazzling debut that will turn Marquet into a national name."

Brisbane Times

"Ms Marquet’s script is a dazzler… Pale Blue Dot is a comic delight; its characters, situation, narrative line and dramatic shape are all first rate."

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