Stories of the Alien Invasion
by Manek Mistry
• Word count: 4444
• Page count: 11
Stories of the Alien Invasion is a science fiction short story by Manek Mistry. It is about throngs of aliens that invade Earth, then don’t do much more than annoy people.
Stories of the Alien Invasion follows Nick, a single father trying to deal with both his divorce and the multitude of stick-shaped aliens that have landed on the planet. As he stumbles through life making questionable decisions, he begins to develop a deeper understanding of and better connection to the aliens.
Stories of the Alien Invasion is both funny and a little bit sad. I found myself laughing out loud at the stupid things the aliens did just for the experience. A unique take on “invasion” stories, exploring what might happen if an alien culture invaded Earth, but didn’t do much more than talk to cows and beg people to punch them.
The creatures themselves resembled small piles of sticks-like the beginning of a campfire, before it’s lit, before it acquires the weight of heavy logs that will turn to glowing coals-small piles of sticks that marched across the roads, rooftops, parking lots, through the parks, fields and forests, to our doorsteps.
The twig-piles spoke to us in raspy English, in Spanish, in Japanese, in Hindi, in a hundred other languages. They spoke to each other with clicking sounds, and with vibrations that we felt as compressions deep in our chests.
“Greetings, Earthlings,” they said. “We come in peace.” Then they laughed-the recognizable sound of human laughter, familiar but incomprehensible. “Take me to your leader,” they said, but refused to follow. “Take me to your leader,” they repeated, and laughed some more
Where you can find Stories of the Alien Invasion:
• Stories of the Alien Invasion originally appeared in Issue #21 (1st Quarter 2007) of the web-zine Abyss & Apex: Magazine of Speculative Fiction.
• You can read a nice HTML version of Stories of the Alien Invasion online at the Abyss & Apex website.
If you like Stories of the Alien Invasion you might also try The Day the Martians Came by Frederik Pohl.