Public Domain(P)2009 CoolBeat Audiobooks
The plot is simple: A spaceship from Earth is studying a nebula, when it encounters an alien spacecraft. Does either side trust the other to go home peacefully? When and how is it possible for two completely alien species to establish trust, especially when a wrong guess could lead to annihilation of the whole race?
The author, Murray Leinster, has written some of the most interesting and thought-provoking science fiction of the middle part of the 20th Century, and this---published in 1945---is one of his best. Leinster is credit with coining the term "first contact" to refer to an initial meeting with an alien species and with providing the first example of a universal translator in this story.
I'm less excited by Skip Mahaffey's reading. It is competent, but doesn't add anything to the experience.
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