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Can You Name This Story? (Part 7)

Another reader writes in with a story description looking for a title. Do any of our readers out there know the title of this story?

I am looking for a book title from the 1980s or 1990s. The book is about an alien race of wispy, energy like creatures, that is being attacked by a alien (reptilian?) race. The two races had lived in a symbiotic relationship, with the physical aliens providing a physical presence. But something about the physical aliens — a policy change of some sort, I think — caused the wispy aliens to withdraw. The opening scene was basically about this withdrawal — all of the symbiotes had left except the symbiote in an old man, who was (1) considered honorable by his symbiote and (2) about to die anyway. I must admit that I never finished the book, but now I would like to.

– Chris W.

Can you name this story?

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3 Comments on Can You Name This Story? (Part 7)

  1. The relationship of the two races reminds me of The Pandora Stone by William Greenleaf, but I don’t remember a scene like the one described.

  2. It’s not Keith Laumer’s short story “Hybrid”, but you’d probably like that for some of the same reasons. It’s in the old collection Best of Keith Laumer, among other places.

  3. chrisweuve // June 22, 2008 at 9:29 am //

    It’s not the Greenleaf novel.

    I have a vague recollection that the cover was purplish.

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