I'm trying to find a sixties short story of a young boy sitting at a typewriter and a host begins to type that he has to use the boy's body to find an escaped criminal from another planet. I keep thinking the name was Host. At the end the host cannot return to his planet and the boy invites him to coexist.


I would guess "Needle" by Hal Clement due to high similarity of plot structure, but (if I recall correctly) initial contact with the boy is via forming letters on his retina from inside his eyes (not via typewriter). See:


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  • A typewriter does feature in Needle, but the Hunter does not use it. The boy is away at boarding school and the typewriter is a gift from his parents, perhaps as "a gentle hint" to write more often. – Mike Stone Nov 19 '17 at 7:02

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