The Trouble with Humans
While the setting and characters change, the style is consistently one of wry humor as usually technologically superior aliens stumble over their own assumptions when trying to conquer earth.
"Shotgun Wedding" published in 1960 sounds like a manual on what's happened to America in the fifty years since: bro...more
Humans—there's no understanding them, and no dealing with them either. Or even their planet. Pity the poor aliens, whose shape-changing ability should let them take over the planet Earth before the humans even know they're there—if it weren't for all that omnipresent pollution. Or consider another set of invaders, from a planet where the weather is always mild and the changing of the seasons is hardly noticeable. They land in force and their weapons are more powerful than th
The Underhandler - 1 star, long and boring.
Duel to the Death - 1 star, it had some interesting ideas, but, I did not get the ending; read it several times, still didn't get it.
Shotgun wedding - 3 stars, reality tv as it should never be.
The Law Breakers - 2 stars, winning through inclusion and diversity.
Compensation - 2 stars, poor nontelepathic humans. How do they get by?
Merry Christmas From Outer Space - 1 star, an epistolary, blech.
That being said, however, a lot of these stories are really quite fun and all of them are interesting an...more
The general idea behind all of the stories is that, to an outsider, human culture can be pretty baffling. It's a collection of short stories about aliens coming to earth, and the various types of confusion and culture shock that ensue.
Comedy & sci-fi - a great combination in this book.
Anvil's repeated appearances in Astounding/Analog were due in part to his ability to write to one of Campbe...more