War with the Gizmos, by Murray Leinster

Invisibility: The History and Science of How Not to Be Seen, is now available! Here’s another reblog of a post on classic invisibility science fiction.

Skulls in the Stars

Yet another post about invisibility in fiction! So many stories I couldn’t mention in my upcoming book on the physics of invisibility, so you get to hear about the stories here.

Time to talk about a real classic of science fiction that also happens to be a classic story about invisibility: War with the Gizmos, by Murray Leinster, first published in 1958.

Murray Leinster (1896-1975) was a stunningly prolific author of science fiction. The bibliography of his work on Wikipedia, which I am sure is not complete, includes dozens of novels alone. War with the Gizmos is a compelling story of an attack on humanity by an utterly unfamiliar species of beings, who may or may not be intelligent and may or may not be from another world. It also features a rather distinct form of invisibility; let’s take a look!

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