What's the Name of That Book??? discussion

SOLVED: Adult Fiction > SF about a human taken to another planet to fight for species [s]

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message 1: by Adam (new)

Adam | 3 comments I read this book (potentially just a short story) in Jr High about 1992. I recall the plot being that some alien race took a human and some representative of another race and dropped them on this uninhabited planet to fight to the death for the existence of their species. The other alien I recall being some sort of ball with tentacles or something. The twist was that there was a huge transparent barrier between the two of them and they had to figure out how to get at/attack the other through it.

Thank you!

message 2: by Peter (new)

Peter Meilinger | 474 comments It's a short story called "Arena," by Frederic Brown.


Remember the old Star Trek episode where he fought the lizard man? That was based - badly - on this story.

message 3: by Adam (new)

Adam | 3 comments After all these years, I have my answer in 1 hour. Amazing, thank you so much.

I do recall that episode, but not the part with the Metrons, so I never put 2 and 2 together there. Thanks again.

message 4: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan (lisavegan) | 1396 comments If anyone can find a book at Goodreads that has this, please post a link so it can be shelved. Thanks very much.

message 5: by Adam (new)

Adam | 3 comments I don't know how to 'shelve' it, but the story is in here:

message 6: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan (lisavegan) | 1396 comments Thanks, Adam! I'll shelve it now.

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