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JonathanDP
May 12th, 2010, 12:13 PM
In what I assume is a Cold War allegory, a alien race comes to Earth, tells us that they're in a war with alien race #2. They just need to establish a lookout base and will otherwise leave us alone. Alien race #2 then comes and drives them out, tell Earth that that the #1's lied to us about their real goals and invite us to help in the war effort. #1 then comes back and retakes the Solar System. This cycle continues until the big reveal at the end is that Earth is now burnt hunk of rock and the story is being told by a man huddled around a fire sharing oxygen as he cackles about how "liberated" they are.

Title/author, anyone?

B5B7
May 28th, 2010, 12:31 AM
William Tenn's "The Liberation of Earth". A very amusing short story by a great short story writer.

JunkMonkey
May 28th, 2010, 03:53 AM
Definitely Tenn's The Liberation of Earth . I recently re-read his collection Of all possible Worlds which contains this story.