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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 thought I found it in "Space Invaders" and in a compilation of short stories by Nicholas Fisk, published in 1984 called Sweets from a Stranger and Other SF Stories. Unfortunately it's not the right one.

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    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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This is a book by Douglas Hill called, Have Your Own Extraterrestrial Adventure (1983), ISBN 0-09-930700-6

Front cover of *Have Your Own Extraterrestrial Adventure*

The Douglas Hill who wrote the 'Exiles of Colsec' and 'Legionary Quartet' amongst others.

Suggesting this because I only read a few pages of this in a book shop. It was a short novel book. In short, a boy playing a space combat computer game was really interacting with an alien civilization. '... every time we kill him he comes back.'

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