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The Dark Destroyers / Bow Down to Nul

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An Ace "themed" double. Both novels involve the conquest of Earth by REALLY weird alien races. *Dark Destroyers* (formerly *Nuisance Value*) is abridged from the Avalon hardcover. The Aldiss title is a paperback original.
Paperback, #D-443, 256 pages
Published 1960 by Ace Books
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Jason Bradley Thompson
Two oldschool alien invasion novels.

"Bow Down to Nul", which was later reprinted under the much better & less pulpy title "The Interpreter," is an interesting (for the early 1960s) commentary on colonialism. Starfish-esque aliens who act like Roman or British imperialists have absorbed Earth into their "Prosperity Sphere", which humanity entered willingly (!), only after a few hundred years to end up exploited for cheap labor, while alien archaeologists occasionally visit their quaint ruins.
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Pseudonyms: Jael Cracken, Peter Pica, John Runciman, C.C. Shackleton, Arch Mendicant, & "Doc" Peristyle.

Brian Wilson Aldiss is one of the most important voices in science fiction writing today. He wrote his first novel while working as a bookseller in Oxford. Shortly afterwards he wrote his first work of science fiction and soon gained international recognition. Adored for his innovative liter
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