The Inhabited

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Author: Richard Wilson
Published: 1953
Language: English
Wordcount: 8,090 / 30 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 91
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,090
Added to site: 2010.02.26 26796

Containing a foe is sound military thinking—unless it's carried out so literally that everybody becomes an innocent Trojan Horse!

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hair and skirt. Her hands were thrust into the pockets of her jacket. She was barefoot and she wriggled her toes so that blades of grass came up between them.

"Hello, Jimmy," she said. "Hello, Max, you old monster."

The dog thumped the ground with his tail.

"Hello, Mrs. Tanner," the boy said. "How's the baby coming?"

The girl smiled. "Just fine, Jimmy. It's beginning to kick a little now. It kind of tickles. And you know what?"

"What?" asked Jimmy. The visitor in the boy's mind wanted to know, too.

"I hope it's a boy, and that he grows up to be just like you."

"Aw." The boy rolled over and hid his face in the grass. Then he peered around. "Honest?"

"Honest," she said.

"Gee whiz." The boy was so embarrassed that he had to leave. "Me and Max are going down to the swimmin' hole. You wanta come?"

"No, thanks. You go ahead. I think I'll just sit here in the Sun for a while and watch my toes curl."

As they said good-by, the visitor travele


Average Rating of 4.3 from 3 reviews: *****
JoJo Biggins

A mediocre tale of alien "invasion". Kind of simplistic and contrived.

Paulo Respighi

A creature from another planet arrives on Earth with the mission of discovering whether it would be worth conquering as a new world for his people. He inhabits the minds of a cat, and various people.

An interesting look at the relative values of mind and body.


A mind inhabiting alien from a world of evolved telepaths is on a journey to find an alternate civilization to inhabit and control the individuals. See, the aliens have developed time travel and found they were extinct in the future, because they died of boredom. A new species to experience and control may change their dismal outcome.
Inhabiting the creatures of earth is a revelation. It makes the reader appreciate how good we have it here. But the minds of earth dwellers can't be easily controlled unless they are insane....Is this a good or bad place for the alien species? It takes a bit of psychoanalysis to find out. Good story.

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