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The Trouble with Aliens

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Humans on the space frontiers may have enough problems with befuddled bureaucrats, rules that don't fit the realities of very dangerous situations, and general rear-echelon incompetence without bringing in unfriendly aliens, but it's that kind of universe. On the other hand, as master satirist Christopher Anvil makes clear, the aliens are anything but omnipotent and have p ...more
Hardcover, 440 pages
Published August 8th 2006 by Baen Books (first published August 1st 2006)
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David Caldwell
Mar 16, 2011 David Caldwell rated it liked it
The stories are a little dated in parts, but this should be expected from stories written between 50 to 60 years ago.But like all good sci-fi, the message behind the stories stand up despite their age.The messages tend to be those most present during the cold war era. Beware of those offering free gifts,technology can help but needs to be modified by humanity ,ingenuity is its own reward, and intelligence needs character as well.
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Mar 02, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Humans on the space frontiers may have enough problems with befuddled bureaucrats, rules that don't fit the realities of very dangerous situations, and general rear-echelon incompetence without bringing in unfriendly aliens, but it's that kind of universe. On the other hand, as master satirist Christopher Anvil makes clear, the aliens are anything but omnipotent and have plenty of problems of their own. * Here for the first time the stories and short novels of the war with the Outs are collected

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Bob
Aug 19, 2011 Bob rated it it was ok
I read a lot of SF, but this one didn't make it. I quit part way through the second story. The first was too implausible, the second was bad space opera.
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Oct 15, 2008 Roberto rated it it was ok
Very uneven.
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Oct 25, 2014 Jeff rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
Classic, but kind of old school.
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Shelves: science-fiction
Very funny stories with a bite of satire toward bureaucracies and dogmas.
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Christopher Anvil was a pseudonym used by author Harry C. Crosby. He began publishing science fiction with the story "Cinderella, Inc." in the December 1952 issue of the science fiction magazine Imagination. By 1956, he had adopted his pseudonym and was being published in Astounding Magazine.

Anvil's repeated appearances in Astounding/Analog were due in part to his ability to write to one of Campbe
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