Thursday, September 13, 2012

James White's "Pushover Planet" (novelette, alien invasion, free): Surrender your stuff. And life. Or else...

Illustration, by Arthur Thomson, accompanying the original publication in Nebula Science Fiction magazine of the short story Pushover Planet by James White. Picture shows human intermediary & alien negotiating in an alien spacecraft on moon.
Alien fleet with vastly superior firepower arrives on earth, destroys a half dozen cities, sets down on moon, & then opens a communication channel with humans: a few hundred humans will be allowed to live in a fenced off place on earth if humans will help aliens colonize the place!!

Much of the story is of these funny negotiations. Of course, humanity will win, because it has an ace up its sleeve.

I occasionally found the story a bit draggy.

Fact sheet.

First published: Nebula Science Fiction, #14 (November 1955).
Download full text as part of the scans of the magazine it originally appeared in.
Rating: A. 
Related: Stories of James White.