The Blal Author:A.E. van Vogt The flight in space had begun the only way a Blal was ever contacted: Unexpectedly. Violent energies flashed; the inertia-less police ship spun desperately as the automatics flashed with incandescent destruction. — The monster showed high on the forward visiplate, a thin, orange radiance breaking out from his head. The animal looked tiny, but i... more »t was the damnedest horror Dorno had ever laid eyes upon, a monstrous, many-legged, long-bodies, long-snouted, hideous miniature, a very caricature of abnormal life.
As the white fire of the patrol vessel was held off by the Blal's orange radiance the small ship shuddered from stem to stern. Lights blinked - and died; the communicator huzzared with alien noise; the atomic motors stuttered.
And the ship began falling - falling directly into the four scaly armoured arms of the THE BLAL.« less