The Kansas Tourism Bureau should send a copy of this book to PZ Myers. Giant squidlike aliens and enmity of the gods would make great attractions.
THE GODS HATE KANSAS by Joseph Millard
INVASION FROM THE STARS
It began with the landing of nine meteors in Kansas. Then, suddenly, it exploded into a massive catastrophe.
First, the meteorite investigating team were turned into automatons, ruled by an unknown, alien intelligence. They barricaded themselves from the world and began building a rocket project, aimed at traversing the stars.
Then the Crimson Plague struck, sweeping over Earth’s population, destroying human capacities and defying scientific probing.
Only a few escaped the invasion from outer space, among them astrophysicist Curt Temple, whose girlfriend, Lee Mason, was enslaved, her personality changed.
Curt knew he had to pit his slim knowledge against the most perfect intelligence in the cosmos to save the world — and the woman he loved.
A Monarch Books Original Novel. Published in February 1964. Â© 1964 by Joseph Millard. Cover Painting by Jack Thurston
Kansas scientists do indeed know a lot going to war with alien invaders claiming to represent “the most perfect intelligence in the cosmos.” Millard’s novel may have foretold the invasion of creationists in Haviland, during the town’s meteorite festival last summer.