I'm trying to recall an SF story that was serialized in Analog magazine in the 1960s. Aliens invaded Earth by using a gas that made almost everyone fall asleep. A few individuals were either immune or in a protected environment. One of these was a man who had lost one or both legs. Normally he used robotic legs, but for some reason they were taken away. He may have been in a prison. Together, the few humans left awake somehow defeat the invasion.

I'm not sure if this story was ever published in book form. I read in Analog.

If anyone can point me in the right direction, that would be wonderful. Thanks!


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Sleeping Planet by William R Burkett

Serialized in Analog, 1964, July, August, and September.

Science Fiction Encyclopedia described this as a “hard-edged” tale of the 24th-century conquest of Earth by an alien empire the humans had judged too stupid to pull off such a coup. Only a handful of humans escaped the effects of a mutated narcoleptic drug that put humanity into protracted hibernation. The battle to liberate Earth is fought by those few...

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  • That's it, perfect! Thank you so much. And the cover, too! Commented Mar 6, 2016 at 21:56

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