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Can You Name This Story? (Part 15)

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?

The story involves an alien race invading Earth. Another alien race, at war with the invaders, helps Earth out by giving us some sort of inertia-less drives. And, because Apollo landers suck in a fight, the drives get bolted into anything they can make air-tight, from submarines to battleships to tanks.

The coolest scene is when the battleship fires a shell at the invader ship (the cannon is wrapped with inertialess coils). The invaders are smug, knowing their shields will save them. Until the shell passes through the energy-weapon-defensive shields like air and blow up the ship. The invaders energy weapons can’t burn through the six inches of steel hull on the USA battleship in space. Meanwhile, a squadron of F14s fly by. In Space.

I really hope somebody recognizes this one.

– Chris F.

Can you name this story?

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3 Comments on Can You Name This Story? (Part 15)

  1. Bill B. // May 16, 2009 at 2:57 pm //

    Except for the insistence on battleships, subs, and F-14s, was going to say it was a lot like the Lensman series by E. E. Doc Smith.  Now I’m hoping someone can recognize that one, too!  Reached out to some friends, none of us recognize it.  πŸ™  But you betcha we want to read it now!

    Good luck, Chris!

  2. Bill B. // May 16, 2009 at 5:00 pm //

    On the off chance, could it be Star Blazers?  The battleships’ the Yamamoto, and the fighters are kind of like Raptors.  There’s a script here: and several places have the animes and mangas.  The helping aliens aren’t at war with the invaders, per se, being pacifists.

  3. I’m not sure. Somebody suggested that it might be Eric Flint’s “Cathargo Delenda Est”, collected in the anthology Foreign Legions.

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