100 Astounding Little Alien Storiesby Robert Weinberg (Editor), Martin H. Greenberg, Stefan R. Dziemianowicz
In the 100 stories collected here, the reader will encounter just some of the many alien life-forms that affords us an opportunity for self-examination. Some, like those in Dennis Etchison's A Walk in the Wet and Adam Niswander's Very Much Like a Game, look deceptively like oursleves. Others, like the beings in Basil Wells's The Rebel Slug and Ramsey Campbell's Slow, have markedly nonhuman pysical appearances. Another feature that differs from story to story is social distance between aliens and earthlings. The invaders in Philip K. Dick's Roog are hostile to human beings, whereas Frank Belknap Long, Jr.'s The Lst Men are comparatively benign. Georgraphic distance also receives varied treatment: The entities i Donald A. Wollheim's Top Secret orignate from somewhere outside the galaxy, those in William F. Nolan's The Martians and the Leadfoot live within our solar system, and those in Del Stone, Jr.'s A Tale of the Lonely Larva come possibly from within our minds.
The shortness of these stories confirms their purpose: It only takes the slightest glimpse to recognize our mirror images.
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