“Raiders of the Universes” is a 1932 science fiction novelette by Donald A. Wandrei. It is about an astronomer who discovers a vicious, universe-conquering race of aliens headed for Earth!
Only A Little Bit Outdated!
I get a kick out of reading older science fiction stories like this one. It is fun to see the possibilities that are imagined for our solar system – even if we know better today. There were a few parts in this story that I was like “What?” – and then I remembered that is was written almost 80 years ago, so I just relaxed and went with the flow. It was much more fun that way!
Non-spoiler Summary in a Nutshell
The great thirty-fourth century astronomer Phobar has made a disconcerting discovery: he has found several new stars in the past week, and each of them is getting closer and closer to Earth! It doesn’t take him very long to figure out that something is on its way to visit our planet. As this object gets closer it begins to disrupt the orbits of the outer planets, and even affects the sun. Something needs to be done, and when Phobar is given an amazing but short opportunity he definitely makes the most of it. But will it be enough against such a powerful foe?
- Word Count: 8,030 (16 pages)
- Did you know that Donald A. Wandrei was a friend and protege of the famous author H. P. Lovecraft? Yep. You can learn more about this accomplished write at Wikipedia.
- Special thanks to QuasarDragon for pointing me towards this fun story.
Where You Can Find Raiders of the Universes:
- This story was originally published in the September 1932 issue of Astounding Stories.
- You can read (or download) a free version of “Raiders of the Universes” at Project Gutenberg.
- It is also included in the book Colossus: The Collected Science Fiction of Donald Wandrei.
If you liked “Raiders of the Universes” then you may also be interested in “The Colour Out Of Space” by H.P. Lovecraft – about a meteorite that falls from the sky in the 1880’s and the devastating consequences it has upon the people in a rural New England town.