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In "The Aliens," starfaring humanity has found evidence of an alien race, nicknamed the "Plumies," although nobody has actually seen one. Is war inevitable? Then the starship Nicola encounters a single Plumie ship, and they end up welded together and trapped...as they fall into a star.
Murray Leinster was one of the greats in sci-fi, and his 1945 novella "First Contact" is reckoned among the all-time great stories of interspecies meetings. "The Aliens" (1959) covers many of the same themes and, for those familiar with the first story, this one is a little bit of a let-down. For those wishing to compare, "First Contact" is available on Audible (I haven't listened to it yet).
Ran Alan Ricard's narration is well-done. He delivers the characterizations pretty well (and the nominal 'bad guy' sounds like a whiny loser). My one complaint is that he has a slight lisp (or perhaps it's a production artifact), although I stopped noticing after a few minutes.
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This is an old first contact story but is still good. How do you think we would communicate with another race in time of need?