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Old 09-06-2017   #11
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Re: Recommended Xenofiction?

"The Screwfly Solution," a 1977 short story by Raccoona Sheldon.
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Re: Recommended Xenofiction?

"Black Destroyer" by A. E. van Vogt

"Mutation Planet" by Barrington J. Bayley


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The Science of Aliens by Clifford A. Pickover

Alien Phenomenology, or What It's Like to Be a Thing by Ian Bogost
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Re: Recommended Xenofiction?

Actually, seeing another work by A. E. van Vogt posted below reminded me of an old favorite, "The Voyage of the Space Beagle."

A fun, easy-reading space opera about an interstellar expedition, there are some enjoyable alien species in this one and even a little character depth to be found here and there in the story. Three separate alien species in conflict with humans. Great for a long flight, or a day on the beach.



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Re: Recommended Xenofiction?

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Actually, seeing another work by A. E. van Vogt posted below reminded me of an old favorite, "The Voyage of the Space Beagle."
"Black Destroyer," van Vogt's first published story, was later incorporated into The Voyage of the Space Beagle. And, many decades later, it was apparently also incorporated--a little too directly and without permission--into the movie Alien. Van Vogt famously won a lawsuit over that.

I haven't read much van Vogt, but I remember being blown away as a teenager by a novella which I think was titled "Recruiting Station." My memory tells me it was titled "Stranger Station," but that is a Damon Knight story. The van Vogt story I liked was probably "Recruiting Station."
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Re: Recommended Xenofiction?

Van Vogt's Space Beagle was a classic because of its influence on works that followed by other authors. "Discord in Scarlet" was the third story incorporated into the Beagle and it was the problem that the people behind Alien settled out of court. "Black Destroyer" gave us Coeurl, the tentacled cat-like creature that, in the early magazine version, fed on pure Id. It's pretty likely that the SF classic "Forbidden Planet" was influenced by that memorable critter.

But overlooking all that, the book was a blueprint for "Star Trek".

Van Vogt's fine horror/SF collection, "Monsters", contains "The Sea Thing," a story that might be relevant to this thread. It's sort of the oceanic equivalent to Sturgeon's "It".

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