Things I remember:

  • An alien is visiting Earth.

  • There is no longer life on the planet.

  • The alien is doing research.

  • I don't remember a whole lot more except that

    • The alien somehow synthesizes food (specifically butter).
    • He then begins to like what he's done and ...

That's all I really remember for sure. I vaguely remember the alien rebelled against authority and wanted to "enjoy" having emotions like humans had. As I recall, the alien liked the fact of experiencing emotions. Something his society had long since lost the use of. The alien may have have no body at all, although I do not remember for sure.

I'm in the US although the book may have been UK. The book I read was a paperback and probably less than 200 pages. I do not remember what the cover looked like.

  • 3
    And.... and what? – Valorum Nov 11 '17 at 0:49
  • I have edited the points you mention into your question. You might want to have a quick read through and make sure I've fairly represented your comments. – John Rennie Nov 11 '17 at 10:00
  • @Valorum dies of cholesterol overdose – Organic Marble Mar 1 '19 at 18:22

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