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When They Come from Space

3.27  ·  Rating details ·  37 ratings  ·  8 reviews
The spacemen attacked with Earth's own weapons: big bombs, brass hats & Hollywood press agents. The spacemen had mastered all the tricks of Hollywood press agentry. They were conquering heroes, who had just saved the earth from destruction. They looked like men--young & handsome, brave but modest. They acted as if they wanted the whole world to like them. Two men ...more
Paperback, 40-105 , 144 pages
Published 1963 by MacFadden Books (first published 1961)
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Kimberly Hughes
Apr 05, 2019 rated it liked it
This book is like a cross between 'Catch 22', 'A Confederacy of Dunces', and 'Stranger in a Strange Land'. I'll admit that I didn't care much at all for the first two of these three novels, but I rather enjoyed this one. I don't know if I've become old enough to be able to tolerate the sort of condescension towards the general public and the frustration of the type of people in a bureaucracy or if it is the science fiction addition or something else altogether. It's a short novel that I don't ...more
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dated, but strangely still relevant tongue-in-cheek story of what happens when interstellar visitors show up, deal with world politics, bureaucracy and human nature, stir the pot a bit, then leave.I
Lighthearted and enjoyable. I read it in an anthology of science fiction.
Erik Graff
Aug 08, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Clifton fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
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I've been going through the site looking for book covers and found this one there--a book already in GoodReads. The cover was familiar. So was the plot. Having discovered several science fiction books read in childhood which were sold as comic, I am rather appalled. I wouldn't dream of buying a humorous science fiction book now--unless, of course, it was by Kurt Vonnegut.
May 05, 2014 rated it liked it
What I expected from reading the cover was what I got; a dark "first contact" comedy, a blend of "The Day the Earth Stood Still", "War of the Worlds", and "Dr. Strangelove", with a microscopic smattering of "It's a Wonderful Life" and possibly "Mad Men".
Peter Berg
Aug 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rather a social satire
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I quite enjoyed this somewhat tongue in cheek first contact book.. a bit dated now unfortunately
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