|'Pushover Planet' (9500 words.)
The fleet came in fast -- from the direction of the Crab Nebula
-- and decelerating at a rate which made it fearfully evident
that the ships contained nothing resembling Human life.
"The remorseless aggressors had everything in the galaxy on their
side -- except the little idiosyncrasies of the human mind!"
That Jingoistic blurb has been lifted from Murray Leinster's novel
Talents, Incorporated (Avon, 1962), but it also fits 'Pushover
Planet' to a tall T. Crellegnan dur Shan, Fleet Commander
of the thirty-ninth Planter Expedition (etc., etc., ad nauseam),
pits his wits against a captured Human male called Murchison.
And, of course, he fails miserably. Murchison might well
be ancestrally related to the pneumatic pathologist of Sector
Synopsis by Graham Andrews