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I can't remember much about this scifi short story (part of a book of stories). It must be at least 30 yrs since I read it.

There was a space invader machine which was white with a spherical white control and no other buttons. I think it was in a dusty old shop with a sinister shop keeper. The main character was a boy (I think) and he had some kind of disquieting/disturbing experience when playing the game. It might have been that it connected him to an alien planet?

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    Is there any other detail at all that you can remember? Do you remember the main character(s) or even whether it was a book, movie etc? – AJL Sep 24 '16 at 19:50
  • Sorry should have said it was a book. I think it was part of a short story collection. And it was sci fi. The main character was a boy o think and he had some kind of disquieting/disturbing experience when playing the game. It might have been that it connected him to an alien planet? Maybe? Sorry it's so vague – UserName Sep 24 '16 at 20:30
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    I can't place it. You might want to have a read through this and see if the checklists help you come up with any more details. – Valorum Sep 24 '16 at 23:06
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I think I've probably found it. If it's the right one, it's called 'space invader' and in a compilation of short stories by Nicholas Fisk, published in 1984 called 'sweets from a stranger'. I've ordered it to find out if I'm right. Not sure if it's customary on here to thank people for trying to help? Maybe not judging by the edit. Thanks anyway.

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    Great! I’m glad you found what you were looking for. You should be able to accept your own answer after a few days. If, once you have the book, you could add some details and description of how it fits the plot as described in your question, that could be very helpful for others who might be looking for the same work. – Adamant Sep 25 '16 at 0:01
  • Yes will definitely do that if it's the right one. Thanks – UserName Sep 25 '16 at 0:04
  • Unfortunately it's not the right one. I'll keep looking. Does anyone have any ideas? – UserName Sep 29 '16 at 12:58

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