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No Truce with Terra / The Duplicators

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From: The Shaldron Race
To: The Human Race
Greetings:
Your presence has been noted and the reason for your visit analyzed by our instruments. We have, therefore, taken the liberty of selecting one of your party for first contact, one whom we feel is best suited to grasp the motivations of both our races and arrange for future group contacts.
Peter Collard stared at the message
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Paperback, f275-1 (NY), 110 pages
Published 1964 by Ace Books

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Patrick Hayes
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
No Truce with Terra was an incredible read, almost dipping into The Colour Out of Space by H.P. Lovecraft. Earth is being invaded by plant life...at least that's how it starts. A pair of scientists, soon aided by the military in England, try to stop this unusual invasion and open up what is essential a portal to another dimension where things take a very different turn. This reminded me not only of Lovecraft but of Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer. The ending was a little too quick, but in these ...more
Kevin
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Perhaps two stars is too harsh. I did enjoy reading this story in eBook format in spite of the many misprint errors.

This short novella explores the fantastic but quaint idea of an invading alien ecology based more on machine-like life than on bioengineering. The Earth transformed into a surreal wasteland inhabited by many different deadly and bizarre life forms, part war machines, part weird chimerae, is a fun read for riding on the bus. Sadly the characters, especially the three or four token s
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Tim
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
If you want non-dated SF, then read something modern, but if you want to read something more classic and whimsical, this can be it. It puts forward a couple of interesting ideas and then runs wild. I'm not sure how else to describe this story really. I wonder a little bit about what the first draft structure looked like because it very much has a feel of starting off as a short story and right where it could have ended, the author makes a slight swerve and starts up a whole new direction in the ...more
Erik Graff
Oct 14, 2009 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: High fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
This appeared as half of an Ace Double with Murray Leinster's The Duplicators. It was nothing special--silly, dated science fiction.
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