In space, a vengeful fleet waited.... Then the furred strangers arrived with a plan to save Earth's children. But the General wasn't sure if he could trust an ALIEN OFFER.
loading, and if the President says it's okay, then it's okay with me!" He stepped out onto the grass of his yard, and quashed a little shriek of conscience somewhere in the back of his mind.
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Blinding lights pinned him in mid-stride. A familiar voice sprang out of the glare, "Here he is now viewers, General James Rothwell, commander of the western armies, and head of the Earth evacuation project. General, International-TV cameras have been waiting secretly in your yard for hours for your return."
As his eyes adjusted, Rothwell distinguished a camera crew, their small portable instrument, and a young, smooth-talking announcer that he had seen several times on television. He forced the annoyance out of his eyes. This, he thought, is all I need.
"What the general doesn't know," the announcer went on, "is that earlier this evening it was announced by Moscow Central that the computers had picked his son as one of the evacuees!"
The shock was visible on 150,000,000 TV se
(1959) Sci-fi (Alien invasion) / Short story (Magazine)
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From Amazing Stories January 1959
Cute fuzzy aliens arrive just before an interstellar disaster and offer to save 100,000 earth children. The big question is can something so convenient be trusted? The writing is okay, the characters pretty two-dimensional, and the ending a bit predictable. An average pulp story.
Neat twist in this story that surprised me, and I've read plenty of twisted tales over the years so that's no mean feat. A great little early sci-fi yarn without the cheesy pulpism of Sevcik's "Magnitude" ... well, except for a few lines here and there that made me cringe a bit. Otherwise it's well worth the read.