Murray Leinster's "Invasion" (novelette, war, free): When a "Martian" spaceship landed in Colorado, US!
Two of these stories - this one & "The Machine That Saved The World" - involve a hoax; so it takes a while for US to realize that it has been attacked! In "Morale", Russia is not explicitly named.
In this story, there is hero's girlfriend too - to make Russian lust after & for hero to save!
Story summary.Two warring sides are renamed here: "United Nations" is a country that includes US; "Com-Pub" is the "Union of Communist Republics" that includes Russia.
An apparently Martian spaceship has landed in US; hero, a US military man named Thorn Hard & his girlfriend Sylva West, happen to be nearby.
Immediately on landing, "Martian" ship has erected an impenetrable & invisible 6 mile hemispherical barrier made up of some sort of magical force field around it. So the ship, hero, & his girlfriend are inside the dome; nothing can enter the dome nor exit it.
In the following days, while US military has been examining the strange dome & trying to communicate with the "Martians", it's also collecting much of its air force near dome. And our friendly "Martian" springs the trap - erecting another bigger impenetrable dome around original - so most US air forces are trapped between the two domes. That's when the main Com-Pub fleet attacks.
So it's up to the hero to now save the US. Which he will, of course.
- "Televisors were still monochromatic."
- "Newspapers were printing flat pictures in three colors only".
- There is something interesting about the speed of fast planes too; I cannot locate the quote.
See also.An invisible impenetrable spherical barrier appears in several stories, but this is the oldest I've seen with this structure. Some other stories that feature it:
- David Brin's "The Crystal Spheres" where they bar access to a solar system unless those inside open it.
- Arthur Clarke's "The Sentinel" where it protects the alien listening device on moon.
- Arthur Clarke's "What Goes Up" where a nuclear accident in Australia creates it as an unexplainable phenomenon around the site.
Fact sheet.First published: Astounding Stories, March 1933.
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Related: Stories of Murray Leinster.