Looking for a short story.

Background was there were a ship of alien viruses(vampires) intended for a night planet that had crashed on Earth long ago and were accidentally activated by radio transmissions of the developing human race.

Plot is a vampire hunter (also alien but humanoid) is sent to exterminate the vampires. The story takes place in a building that is surrounded and force-fielded off where the hunter exterminated the vampires.

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    – DavidW
    Apr 23, 2019 at 3:28

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This is "Infestation" by Garth Nix, first published in The Starry Rift, edited by Jonathan Strahan, 2008. I read it in To Hold the Bridge.

Starts with a group of vampire hunters gathering to clean out a newly found infestation of vampires. There is a secure perimeter guarded by soldiers, and only licensed vampire hunters are allowed to enter. Most of the hunters are amateurs, but the narrator is a professional.

Over the course of the story we learn some of the history of the vampires and the narrator. In short, in an alien war, a team of vampires was landed on the wrong planet (Earth). The narrator is an alien whose mission (punishment) is to eradicate the infestation from Earth.

THere is a copy online at https://talesofmytery.blogspot.com/2013/02/garth-nix-infestation.html

  • What about the viruses? Were the vampires viruses, or were they infected with viruses, or what?
    – user14111
    Apr 24, 2019 at 0:13
  • I don't have the story, but if you want to listen to it, there's a reading of it here: escapepod.org/2009/10/29/ep222-infestation (You can skip the first 2 minutes of intro.)
    – DavidW
    Apr 24, 2019 at 0:16
  • I can't find my copy right now. But I think it was nanotech, rather than viruses. Nevertheless, people could be infected and so recruited as junior vampires.
    – timbp
    Apr 24, 2019 at 6:47

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