Short Science Fiction Story Review Brian Aldiss T

Photo taken by me – Alien DJ at Bar 21, Manchester
Preston, England
September 18, 2016 5:49am CST
The Friday Project Press – Spoiler alerts 1956 A story that deserves an award for the shortest possible of titles, T, and for its outright weirdness. T isn’t a letter at all, but a symbol on a warship heading a fleet launched by an alien species against Earth from fear that our technological advances will make us a military threat to them. Not wishing to fight humanity, the aliens send T and the fleet into our distant past to wipe us out before life even evolves on Earth. The genetically engineered mindless creature piloting T, as with other vehicles in the fleet, is just an amorphous blob, with a single arm, eye and finger which makes course adjustments in its flying bomb – this is in effect a kamikaze suicide mission. Many of the fleet are wiped out on the epic journey, hitting suns, meteors, etc. The journey is compared with subtlety to that of sperm racing to create life, but T’s purpose is our annihilation. T’s creators may have misjudged though, as in wiping Earth out they may well be setting a cycle of life off on other Worlds more likely to cause the destruction of the World that sent out T and the fleet in the first place. One of the most bizarre and offbeat SF stories ever told, and strangely beautiful. Arthur Chappell
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@celticeagle (118276)
• Boise, Idaho
18 Sep 16
Sounds like some good hearted folk doing what they thought was best. Is that what made it strangely beautiful or.....?
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• Preston, England
18 Sep 16
@celticeagle the story has a very poetic style and spans millenia and aliens acting on impulse rather than thought - it is lovely despite being about our extinction
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@celticeagle (118276)
• Boise, Idaho
18 Sep 16
@arthurchappell ....So you get to know the hows and whys and such. I like those but are usually thick books.
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• Preston, England
18 Sep 16
@celticeagle Aldiss did some great novels though he was also a terrific short story writer able to comress major ideas into a very short space
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@Jessicalynnt (47872)
• Centralia, Missouri
18 Sep 16
it does sound like an oddball
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• Preston, England
18 Sep 16
it is just a short story - barely ten pages long @Jessicalynnt
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@crossbones27 (19592)
• Redlands, California
18 Sep 16
That is, and love it and please tell Hollywood because they keep doing the same stories over and over. Good for Britain Hollywood though. lol
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• Preston, England
18 Sep 16
@crossbones27 T would be tricky to film as the only thing in it is a blob on a space-bomb
@jstory07 (67167)
• Roseburg, Oregon
1 Apr 17
Another alien story I love to read about aliens and seeing movies about them.
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• United States
19 Sep 16
What an interesting story
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