2021-05-27 14:18:19 UTC
I read this book sometime in the 1970s or 80s. It was a trade paperback.
The book alleged that it was a top-secret report of the US making first contact with a group of aliens, though the book actually was an almost Monty Python comedy. It was illustrated with lots of line art.
The aliens arrive in a spaceship resembling a metal bird. The aliens bear a close resemblance to the Easter Island statues. They start diplomatic relations, presenting various gifts. One is a strange fruit, whose cores are tastiest after one has removed all the thorns. The US diplomats present as a gift the original Robby the Robot prop from the movie Forbidden planet.
The aliens take a group of US observers on a tour of the local galaxy. They meet representatives of the race The Body Electric from the planet I Sing. The artist based the aliens on Jacob Epstein's sculpture Torso in Metal
Finally the US observers are told about an evil militant race called The Blight. They are busy trying to enslave the entire galaxy, and Earth is next.
As the US military starts panicking, they watch the Blight battle fleet entering the solar system. They notice that at one point the fleet seems to falter for a few minutes. After some quick research they discover this was apparently caused by some country-and-western music being broadcast. The US military then manages to cause the Blight fleet to flee by using high-powered broadcasts of that artist's music.
Does this sound familiar?
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