I am looking for a specific short story I read in college. The story was written prior to 1981. The story was about an alien race that attacks a space station and dissolves the humans for a food source. The aliens place a few humans on a distant planet to breed... I am sure there is more to the story but that's all I can recall. Any help in identifying this story is greatly appreciated.
It's "Proxima Centauri", a short story by Murray Leinster published in 1935.
The human starship Adastra is in exploration and is suddenly attacked by a race of plant-based creatures, whose technology is superior to our own.
End of story, the aliens are greedy for biologic materials, a gluttony for them: hence, after capturing the ship (there are fierce fights aboard), they consume all the biological things it contains, humans included, in a huge eating party for every inhabitant of their planet.
Two humans are spared though (the main character and his beloved) and stowed for reproductive reasons on an idyllic planet personally owned by the aliens' chief.
But then things happen.
A really creative and engaging story: Leinster knew how to write a good plot.
Read the whole story here: