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The premise in this short story is simple, yet unique (especially for its genre).
The story itself is just a simple, straightforward dilemma. But the consequences of choices made by the characters involved hold with them possible world-ending connotations.
Well written, narrated & produced.
Condensed versions of this story have appeared in best-of sci-fi collections and magazines, but this is the original, full story. Another take on this story was also produced for the 1950s sci-fi radio series "Dimension X". (Check it out! Great episode.)
Check this one out if you call yourself a fan of science fiction.
9.5 / 10
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Is there anything you would change about this book?
First Contact has an excellent premise, but unfortunately doesn't deliver. The publisher's summary itself reads like 90% of the book - it asks some fascinating questions, but then proceeds to analyze them endlessly - at the expense of plot. As a result, the story is robbed of the tension it deserves, and at times I couldn't help feeling I was listening to 90-minute essay ("Murray Leinster's Theories On First Contact") rather than a book.
Would you ever listen to anything by Murray Leinster again?
For better balanced sci-fi by the same author, I'd definitely recommend The Hate Disease or This World Is Taboo, which combine ethical dilemmas with fleshed-out characters and a sense of pace.
Which character – as performed by Skip Mahaffey – was your favorite?
Skip Mahaffey's portrayal of the Earth ship's gruff Skipper is great.
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