The book has 7 foot tall black humanoid aliens, that invade earth. I heard about this book and want to read it and maybe make a PC game based on it.

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    Do you know anything about the story, besides that the alien invaders are 7 foot black humanoids? Is the invasion successful? Do the aliens conquer and enslave mankind, or do they exterminate us? How old is the book? What language is it in? – user14111 Mar 9 '18 at 1:38
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    And what makes the aliens so interesting that you think it would make a good computer game? – FuzzyBoots Mar 9 '18 at 3:01
  • I think the book is from 1970 or 1980. – Worf022 Mar 9 '18 at 10:27
  • To FB in the post I said, I haven't read it yet, with the key word being maybe. – Worf022 Mar 9 '18 at 10:37
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    @Worf022: Ah. I figured maybe there was some hook to their appearance or behavior that particularly stuck with you that might help us further clarify which work you're thinking of. Like maybe they have powerful psychic powers, or arrived and started vacuuming up all of the rabbits on Earth, or tried to conquer us by getting us into a longterm interstellar teleportation contract with the default involving the planet. – FuzzyBoots Mar 9 '18 at 17:54

The height and body color both sounds like the Overlords from Childhood's End, by Arthur C. Clarke. The don't exactly "invade" Earth, certainly not violently, but they do arrive and in many ways take over the planet.

Here's Barlowe's illustration of them:


There is also some reddish on their bodies, besides the black, but it's pretty close.


C. J. Cherryh's Foreigner Universe has a colony of humans being enslaved, then emancipated and given their own island. The aliens in question are described as "seven foot tall" and "ebon skinned".

You can see them on the cover art.

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    Initially, there was peaceful coexistence and then a war (which humans lost) before the two species agreed to geographic separation, but no enslavement. – Gaultheria Aug 17 '18 at 8:07

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