Poor Riuku!... Not being a member of the human race, how was he supposed to understand what goes on in a woman's mind when the male of the same species didn't even know?
just got to damp that field, and not only damp it but blot it out, so that the frequency shows nothing at all there, and then--well, that's where those Corcoran assemblies you're soldering on come in. You produce the field...."
Alice Hendricks listened. For some reason she wanted to listen. She was really curious about the field. But, gee, how did he expect her to understand all that stuff? He sounded like her algebra teacher, or was it chemistry? Lord, how she'd hated school. Maybe she shouldn't have quit.
... Corcoran fields. E and IR and nine-space something or other. She'd never seen Pete like this before. He looked real different. Sort of like a professor, or something. He must be real smart. And so--well, not good-looking especially but, well, appealing. Real SA, he had....
"So that's how it works," Pete Ganley said. "Quite a weapon, against them. It wouldn't work on a human being, of course." She was staring at him dreamy-eyed. He laughed. "Silly, I bet you haven't unders
Earth and Aliens are fighting over our sector of space, but Earth has a new weapon that the aliens can't defend against. The aliens are telepathic, but all the workers at the weapon factory have telepathy shields--except that Alice is having an affair with a married man, and she lets her shield run down. The alien Riuku invades her mind, but the same thing that allowed her shield to run down--the affair--dominates her thinking.
Tom is a cad, Alice should know better, and the aliens get what they deserve.
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