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The Invader

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Author: Alfred Coppel
Published: 1953
Language: English
Wordcount: 3,695 / 18 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 54.4
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 2,001
Added to site: 2010.06.05 28033

Invading Earth was going to be a cinch, the Triomed scout decided. But to make certain he must study its inhabitants—as one of them!

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Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.2 from 5 reviews: ****
JoJo Biggins

If you can't guess exactly what's going on by about the halfway mark, you need to increase your caffeine intake. An interesting story because it's a little different, but there's nothing exciting going on here. The ending is, rather than a surprise, just kind of stupid.

Lisa Carr

A sentient interstellar parasite of mammals finds a planet chock-full of mammalian bipeds (guess which planet,) and infects a host to look around. However the parasite is not up on the customs Earth, and his expedition does not do well.
It's a formula story, with only one fact withheld from the reader until the end.

Henry L. Ratliff

(1953) Sci-fi (Invasion / Alien Possession)

From 'Imagination Stories of Science and Fantasy', February 1953.
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Plot bullets

  • An alien is the vanguard of his race.

  • He must find and take over one of the Earth creatures.

  • In the form of what the Earth creatures call a virus, that should be easy.

  • Maybe.


I bet you cannot guess how it ends :).


Coppel's short story about an alien race's plan to invade Earth is action-based and well written. Keeps you on your toes until the surprise ending. Well done.



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