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Scales by Alastair Reynolds

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"Scales" is a 2009 science fiction short story by Alastair Reynolds. It is about a human who is recruited to fight aliens, and the drastic changes he must go through.

Non-Spoiler Summary

Green Crested Lizard by brandon Chia, CC 2.0 License

Nico hates the aliens, and agrees that they must die. That is why he is signing up for the war effort. They’re ugly too – with their lizard heads and green scaly hides. But as Nico is forced to make several physical changes in order to become a better fighter he begins to realize that maybe the enemy isn’t so different after all! Oh well, he has a job to do… right?

Some Juicy Tidbits About This Story

  • Word count: 1,847 (4 pages)
  • Special thanks to Free SF Reader for recommending this awesome story!

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If you liked "Scales" then you may also enjoy Alastair Reynolds other story “Diamond Dogs” – about a group of highly specialized people who travel to a deadly alien tower on a remote planet.