Post by Ninapenda Jibini
I have confirmed that this is the relevant passage from
Earthman, Come Home.
Post by Jibini Kula Tumbili Kujisalimisha Post by Ted Nolan <tednolan> Post by Jibini Kula Tumbili Kujisalimisha Post by Lynn McGuire Post by firstname.lastname@example.org
There was an issue of Heavy Metal magazine where 2 humans,
lost in the greater galactic civilization, were hired as
mercenaries to defeat a giant alien threatening a world
with his moon-sized stink bomb. He laughs at the puny
boarders on his ship until he realizes they are from earth.
He has seen all the old sci-fi movies but does not
understand the concept of fiction. Humans always win _for
no comprehensible reason_. The giant flees in terror to the
Nils K. Hammer
Alana Dean Foster has a great short story about a bunch of
aliens showing up at Earth to recruit the humans to their
The humans say sure once you release our bonds. The aliens
release the bonds and the humans follow them using the Earth
as a space ship. And the Moon.
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""Sir," began Zinin to the commander, and his great voice
was strangely muffled, "they're coming... in their ship,
like they said they would." Phrnnx yanked himself back to
realityâif such it still could be calledâand joined the
others who were now occupied at the fore port. Below, great
masses of puffy white clouds. Brown and green land masses,
unchanged. Blue oceans, unchanged. Except one. In the middle
of the planet's second ocean, great, impossible masses of
thick columnar crystals began to leap upward from the
waters. Translucent at first, the chalcedony towers began to
pulse with deep inner fires: blue, purple, gold, carmine,
and finally a strange, yet familiar silver-gray. The
ionosphere, tickled, began to surround the flashing needles
with auroras, clothing them in blankets of coruscating
radiance. Following, the planet began to move after the
Tpin. On board the cruiser it was very quiet.
"I see," whispered Rappan idly, "that they are bringing
their moon along also."
"You get accustomed to something like that," breathed an
engineer. "A moon, I mean."
Old Alo was making mystic signs with his tentacles. "Egg of
the Code, I almost feel sorry for the Yops!""
And in Blish's Cities In Flight, the massive Vegan battleship
was run down by a planet traveling at faster than light
But I don't recall any actual aliens in any of those books.
Maybe they were so terrified of humans they just stayed
Didn't the boy who was hero of one book and eventually became
City Manager and was executed off-screen by the time of
another book get executed
That part I remember.
Post by Ted Nolan <tednolan>
because he bought a non-working
invisibility(?) machine from some aliens? (Which later
ironically turned out to work after all).
That, I do not. I don't have a copy with me on the new tablet,
"His first city manager had been a man named deFord, who for a
while had shared Amalfis amused puzzlement about what to call
all the familiar things now that they had turned strangebut
deFord had been shot by the City Fathers around 3300 for
engineering an egregious violation of the citys contract with
a planet called Epoch, which had put a black mark on the citys
police record which the cops still had not forgotten. "
No mention of aliens. I'll check it (if I remember) when I get
I have found what you're thinking of, later in the same book:
Perhaps so, Amalfi said. In that case, Id better tackle Graf
Nandór right away with a fistful of accusations and complaints.
The more confusion, the more delayand its less than four hours
to noon now. In the meantime, well have to hide Schloss as best
we can, before hes spotted by one of Hazcas guards here. That
invisibility machine in the old West Side subway tunnel seems like
the best place
do you remember the one? The Lyrans sold it to
us, and it just whirled and blinked and buzzed and didnt do a
That was what my predecessor got shot for, Hazleton said. Or
was it for that fiasco on Epoch? But I know where the machine is,
yes. Ill arrange to have the gadget do a little whirling and
blinkingHazcas soldiery is afraid of machinery and would never
think of looking inside one thats working, even if they did
suspect a fugitive inside it. Which they wont, Im sure. And
gods of all stars, what was that? ******
So, the invisibility machine that doesn't actually work, for real,
but that the bad guys will think does, to hide someone inside,
sold to them by Lyrans. One might infer that Lyrans are aliens,
but it isn't actually stated. Merely that they are Lyrans.
In searching for the word "alien," however, I do find this (also
in Earthman, Come Home):
"Amalfis first wild reaction was to wonder why the City Fathers
had been puzzled about the language. These were human children.
Nothing about them showed any trace of alienage."
which rather implies there *are* aliens.
And now that I think about it, the Vegans were pretty clearly not
human. From the beginning of They Shall Have Stars:
While Vegan civilization was undergoing this peculiar decline
in influence, while at the height of its political and military
power, the culture which was eventually to replace it was
beginning to unfold. The reader should bear in mind that at that
time nobody had ever heard of the Earth, and the planets sun,
Sol, was known only as an undistinguished type Go star in the
Draco sector. It is possiblealthough highly unlikelythat Vega
knew that the Earth had developed space flight some time before
the events we have just reviewed here. It was, however, only local
interplanetary flight; up to this period, Earth had taken no part
in Galactic history. It was inevitable, however, that Earth should
make the two crucial discoveries which would bring it on to that
starry stage. We may be very sure that Vega, had she known that
Earth was to be her successor, would have exerted all of her
enormous might to prevent it. That Vega failed to do so is
evidence enough that she had no real idea of what was happening on
Earth at this time
ACREFF-MONALES: The Milky Way:
Five Cultural Portraits
Further details on the war makes it pretty clear that the Vegans
are (were) not human.
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-- David Bilek
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