I am looking for a story about extraterrestials that live on a planet not too far from Earth. I believe they try to communicate with humans via telepathy to prevent a catastrophe, since humans intend to send an atomic (or H-?) bomb to the planet. I think the attempts to communicate with Earth were unsuccessful and they (and/or Earth?) get destroyed in the end.

I read it about 20 years ago, but it might have been from the 50s/60s.


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This is "Earthmen Bearing Gifts" by Fredric Brown.

It was previously answered but not accepted here.

The entire, very short, story is online here. These quotes are about a quarter of the text.

"Yes, Khee. Within an hour the Earth rocket is due to land, and I wish to see it. Yes, I know, it will land a thousand miles away, if their calculations are correct. Beyond the horizon. But if it lands even twice that far the flash of the atomic explosion should be visible. And I have waited long for first contact. For even though no Earthman will be on that rocket, it will still be first contact--for them. Of course our telepath teams have been reading their thoughts for many centuries, but--this will be the first physical contact between Mars and Earth."

"Hope it didn't kill anybody. Any Martians, that is. Rog, did it hit dead center in Syrtis Major?"

"Near as matters. I'd say it was maybe a thousand miles off, to the south. And that's damn close on a fifty-million-mile shot. Willie, do you really think there are any Martians?"

Willie thought a second and then said, "No."

He was right.

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