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Can you guys help me identify the author and name of a series of stories. I'm not sure whether they were short stories or novellas.

It was about humans meeting a more advanced alien race, that by a freak accident of biology finds human beings beautiful and adorable. So much so that they find it almost impossible to say no to us. It winds up corrupting the human race and severely damaging the aliens.

I originally thought it was called The Worthing Saga, but that seems to be a series of books by Orson Scott Card that is unrelated. I believe it was something that sounded a bit like that.

It was poetically tragic, because the aliens are intelligent and self-aware and realize that they're succumbing to their own detriment, but can't help themselves. It was a compelling allegory about codependency and maddening love. I don't think I read all the stories and I want to read more if I can find them. I came across them on the Internet a long time ago.

It wasn't a sexual attraction at all, maybe A Touch of Romance but it was mostly the way some people can go crazy over their cats or kids and spoil them to the harm of both cat and human, but much worse.

  • This is like the exact opposite of the Tiptree story "And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill's Side" in which humans are irresistably drawn to aliens. – Organic Marble Dec 18 '17 at 4:57
  • There's an element of this in China Mieville's Embassytown, although there the aliens are addicted to a human voice. – Daniel Roseman Dec 18 '17 at 11:52

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