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I was recommended this sci-fi/fantasy novel, but have lost the title. The plot, as was described to me, involved a female (?) alien who crash lands near/in a town and how a man (?) helps her find the fuel she needs for her spaceship so she can leave again. Apparently the ending is a bit of a twist, involving what the fuel actually is and the alien's relationship with the human. Referred to as a bit feminist, but that may have just been my recommender's take. A faint memory of the title involving the word "red" or "rose" but the plot is really all the clue I have. Thank you for your help!

  • The film District 9 has a slight familiarity in an odd way. I don't think this was ever a book. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/District_9. There is a parent, a flower, fuel, crashed space ships, alien human friendship, all common threads I suppose. – KalleMP Apr 19 '16 at 22:53
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I believe you may be recalling a Theodore Sturgeon story, "Tiny and the Monster". The plot revolves around an alien whose ship has crashed outside a small town and is disabled. Tiny is a girl who can communicate with the "monster" inside the ship, and is working with her engineer/mechanic friends to try to help fix the ship. Problem is, the repair requires replacing a tungsten casting -- and you can't cast tungsten.

This story can be found in Thunder and Roses: Volume IV: The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon, available to read online through Google Books It's not a novel, but it's a longish short work (I'd call it a novelette or novella).

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    My apologies. Nothing personal, just an ordinary Google-hater here. I wasn't sure how serious you were about "Tiny and the Monster" being the answer to the OP's question. From my vague recollections of reading that story years ago, I can't recall anything about it that matches the OP's description, outside of being a story about a shipwrecked alien needing an earthling's help to get back into space. And I thought Tiny was a dog, not a girl. Time for a reread. – user14111 Aug 25 '17 at 4:18
  • Been a very long time since I read it, too, and I just read a short excerpt at the link I posted -- you might be right about Tiny being a dog, but there's a significant female character communicating with the alien, even if she isn't Tiny. I was and am banking on conflation. Hopefully the questioner will read the linked story and we'll both find out if that was the one they remember. – Zeiss Ikon Aug 25 '17 at 11:05

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