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A short story about an advanced and aggressive alien species landing on Earth that has been destroyed many years ago, possibly by an asteroid.

The visitors resurrect the humans starting from a very primitive type (which they immediately destroy) and ultimately bring back a very advanced human which in the end tricks them into destroying themselves before they can go back and bring reinforcements.

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A.E. Van Vogt's The Monster is exactly what you've described.

  • An otherwise fine story somewhat ruined by its demand for two gazeeka boxes in a single plot - the resurrection machine and the magical method for finding planets. The logic that leads to them resurrecting the final specimen is also somewhat laughably bad. – Maury Markowitz Jan 25 '17 at 17:25

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