The Trouble With Aliens
Baker & Taylor
A collection of short novels and stories recounts the saga of the human war with the Outs, alien creatures possessing unique mental powers that they use to make humans see illusions and force them to obey them, after the humans discover and learn how to exploit their weakness. Reprint.
Simon and Schuster
1. The trade paperback edition of Anvil's Interstellar Patrol (04/03), was a Locus best seller, and has a sell through of 72% from April 2003 to date.
2. Like Keith Laumer, Anvil has a rare ability to combine fast-moving adventure with humor, deftly skewering the bureaucratic mind, whether human or alien.
3. Anyone who likes sardonic space adventure with a dash of satire will enjoy Christopher Anvil, such as readers of Eric Flint, Lois McMaster Bujold and Keith Laumer.
4. New York Times best-selling author David Weber calls Anvil's SF "a delightful pleasure," and adds, "I'm delighted that someone is making Christopher Anvil's work available once again...I've always loved Anvil's , ah, peculiar sense of humor."
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Humans on the space frontiers may have enough problems with befuddled bureaucrats, rules that don’t fit the realities of very dangerous situations, and general rear-echelon incompetence without bringing in unfriendly aliens, but it’s that kind of universe. On the other hand, as master satirist Christopher Anvil makes clear, the aliens are anything but omnipotent and have plenty of problems of their own.
Here for the first time the stories and short novels of the war with the Outs are collected into a novel-length chronicle. The Outs had mental powers they could use to make humans see illusions and convince them to change sides. Obviously, they were unbeatable—until some troublesome humans found their Achille’s heel.
These and other stories of human/alien conflict fill this large volume by the master of wryly sardonic science fiction adventure.
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