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An SF short story from about 50+ years ago


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Initial post: Nov 19, 2012 6:45:58 AM PST
I remember a short story (maybe 50+ years ago) about an unstoppable Earth exploration party that lands on a planet where the inhabitants are intelligent but have no technology or tools. The aliens tell the earthlings that they will never leave and it turns out that after some time on the planet their metals start to disintegrate and they indeed become marooned. I think it was called "Shore Party" but maybe not, and I can't remember the author either. Help.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 5:20:04 AM PST
It's "Beachhead" by Clifford D. Simak. It's in several different anthologies, like PERILOUS PLANETS, edited by Brian Aldiss, BEACHHEADS IN SPACE, edited by August Derleth, and STRANGERS IN THE UNIVERSE, written wholly by Simak.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 20, 2012 7:30:47 PM PST
Thank you very much! I do believe that is the story! I will look it up and thanks again for the answer.

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 9:53:56 PM PST
Simak is cool and underappreciated.
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