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Second Night of Summer, the (1950) [Short Story]
by James H. Schmitz Rating: Weighted - 7.2 / Average - 7.0 of 10 (2 votes) (Rate!)
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On the world of Noorhut, in the land of Wend, young Grimp watches the globes of light in the ravine near his house. Grimp is young, contented, and excited, for tomorrow, Grandma is coming to visit the farm with her trailer full of potions and medicines.

Grandma gives every appearance of being what she pretends to be: a simple country woman with poultices and medicines for sale, a traveling itinerant simply trying to earn her keep in an honest and useful way. But Grandma is a zone agent, one responsible for striking a vicious blow against the Halpa in mankind's grim war with that mysterious race of alien beings. The globes of light Grimp enjoys watching are the harbinger of an invasion, one that will be countered with deadly force to scour the planet clean of life -- if she fails in her mission.

Published in Galaxy (1950). Reprinted in:

  • Agent of Vega
  • The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories

Original title: The Second Night of Summer
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience Fiction

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories, the (1992) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , Ursula K. Le Guin , David Brin , Rudyard Kipling , H. G. Wells , William Gibson , George R. R. Martin , Brian W. Aldiss , Harry Harrison , Frederik Pohl , Cordwainer Smith , Thomas M. Disch , Walter M. Miller, Jr. , Bruce Sterling , James Blish , Larry Niven , A.E. van Vogt , Clifford D. Simak , Norman Spinrad , Paul J. McAuley , J. G. Ballard , Gene Wolfe , Lewis Padgett , Jack Williamson , Raccoona Sheldon , Hilbert Schenck , John W. Campbell , Frank L. Pollock , Stanley G. Weinbaum , James H. Schmitz

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