I need to know the name of a Film/story/book, not sure which.

  • A space craft is going to crash-land on Earth

  • The pilot is speaking with the government asking for a safe place to land that's not near any water or lakes as those will destroy him.

  • The ship is guided to an open field but they can't find it because the craft is tiny.

  • At the end of the story/film/book, one of the searchers accidentally treads on it!

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    It sounds like the story described in this book, but it doesn’t name it: books.google.co.uk/… Black-and-white sci-fi film?
    – alexwlchan
    Commented Oct 16, 2014 at 20:04
  • I believe that it was an old black and white episode of the Outer Limits or the Twilight Zone. I don't remember the title.
    – user144665
    Commented Sep 30, 2021 at 16:02

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That would be "Pictures Don't Lie" by Katherine MacLean, although based on your description I believe you're thinking of the 1962 TV episode based on the story. The reviews here mention all of the plot elements you describe.

Something's wrong! The aliens claim to have reached our planet ... yet they don't see anyone waiting for them, and the waiting humans don't see the alien ship. Now the aliens claim to have landed in an ocean of noxious chemicals, and they're being attacked by bizarre monsters. Angrily, they accuse us of lying to them. The transmission fades as the 'monsters' (from Earth, apparently) destroy the aliens.

Eventually, the Earth people suss out what went wrong. Although the aliens look like humans, they are in fact much smaller than we are: microscopic, in fact. Their tiny spaceship landed in a rain puddle, where it was devoured by protozoa

  • MacLean's "Pictures Don't Lie" was also identified as part of the answer to this question.
    – user14111
    Commented Oct 17, 2014 at 1:58
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    This is not it, but it brings to mind Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, particularly the text game: “…the mighty ships tore across the empty wastes of space and finally dived screaming on to the first planet they came across - which happened to be the Earth - where due to a terrible miscalculation of scale the entire battle fleet was accidentally swallowed by a small dog.” Commented Sep 30, 2021 at 14:31

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