Harry Turtledove's "Vilcabamba" (novelette, alien invasion, free): Looking at colonial history with sf lenses
In spite of hype, I rarely find tor.com short fiction worth commenting on. Here is one of their rare good pieces.
It's mostly a retelling of the history of invasion of Americas by Europeans some centuries back, only it's aliens called Krolps who are doing to modern US & Canada (& rest of humanity in background) what the Europeans did to natives. And the fight back of natives is equally brave. And futile.
Title is the name of one of the cities founded by some Inca tribes in Peru while trying to "adapt" to raiding Spaniards - something that let them continue with old ways for a while ... but only for a while.
Fact sheet.First published: tor.com, 4 February 2010.
Download full text from publisher's site (page says it's available in multiple formats, but I've always found the tor.com downloads corrupt except for default HTML).
Related: Stories of Harry Turtledove; alien invasion stories.