I'm trying to ID an old science fiction story featuring an (older) resistance fighter whose grandchildren tagged him something like Grimper or Gramper.

He left Kilroy-style graffiti with that name, which terrified the alien invaders.

  • Anything else you remember? Ho old is it? What language? What country? Anything particular about the medium (i. e. collection of stories, magazine, etc.) or even the book cover? Nov 20, 2016 at 15:57
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    What made this story science fiction? Nov 20, 2016 at 16:40
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    @OrganicMarble - [alien-invasion]? Nov 20, 2016 at 16:48
  • Ah. Thanks. Missed that. Nov 20, 2016 at 17:08
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    I'm unsure why this has been closed. The details are a bit sparse, but it's gonna be easily identifiable to someone who actually knows this story.
    – Valorum
    Nov 20, 2016 at 17:41

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The novel is Sleeping Planet by William R. Burkett, Jr.

Alien invaders spray Earth with chemical that puts everybody to sleep, with a couple of exceptions. One captured awake human starts spooking the alien troops by telling horror stories about the vengeful ghost of his dead grandfather. The aliens mispronounced the name as "gremper".

Meanwhile on the ground a second awake human gets wind of this and starts a psyops campaign pretending to be the dreaded gremper.

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