I vaguely but persistently recall a short story that I read while growing up about a group of people who try to stop a powerful alien consciousness from attacking Earth by forming some sort of group telepathy session and threatening it. Other details I recall:

  • It didn't go well -- the alien figured out how to trap them, and then.. I dunno. Maybe a cliffhanger? Not sure.
  • Specifically I remember them giving it "60 seconds" to leave, and it realized "if this period of time is meaningful to you, you must be pretty slow-thinking creatures".
  • I think it wasn't a standalone story? Probably one in a series using the same characters?
  • I probably read it in my dad's old copies of Analog (circa 70s).
  • It's one of Spider Robinson's Crosstime Saloon stories; but my google-fu is weak right now. – andrewsi Oct 22 '17 at 1:12
  • if @andrewsi is correct then it would be "Callahan's Legacy" – ivanivan Oct 22 '17 at 3:05
  • I think it might be 'Stardance', also by Robinson. It started as a short story, and was expanded into a book."Shara Drummond was a gifted dancer and a brilliant choreographer, but could not pursue her dream of dancing on the Earth, so she went to space, creating a new art form in three dimensions. Then the aliens arrived, and there was only one way to prove that the human race deserved not just to survive, but to reach the stars. The only hope was Shara, with her stardance." – sueelleker Oct 22 '17 at 8:10

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