I enjoyed this story very much. While on survey of the Crab Nebula the crew of the LLANVABON encounter another craft in the region.
You'd think First Contact would be a good and exciting thing. Trouble is, how can you be sure the species you've just encountered won't just follow you back home and wage war?
The author came up with a compelling resolution to the problem. It's an interesting premise since much of these kinds of encounters on Star Trek do not have this level of paranoia to complicate things.
This story was first published in 1945, considering the Cold War started at the same time I can see how the author could push the attitudes into space.
I think the story stands the test of time. The technology could use some freshening up but the plot would make a fine 90 minute movie.
Find out more about the author HERE and HERE.
|Murray Leinster - circa 1930's|
|Astounding Science Fiction - May 1945|