Looking for the name of a science fiction novel. It's about a planet that is able to pick up your defenses and it is slowly growing and destroying other planets. Nobody can infiltrate because this planet can use your defenses against you. So they send a girl who simply does not believe anything and in this way she is able to infiltrate the planets defenses. Voila!

  • 1
    Is it the planet (itself) that's hostile to other planets or aliens living on the planet? – Valorum Feb 22 '15 at 11:35
  • "Slowly growing and destroying other planets"? Are you sure it's a planet? Sounds more like a black hole. – user14111 Feb 22 '15 at 12:15

Theodore Sturgeon's The Pod In the Barrier features a defense system that defies all schemes to defeat it until it's broached by a girl who disbelieves everything, including that the system works.

Earth is overcrowded "And there, hanging just out of reach, were the Luana Earths -- eight fine Earth-type planets circling three suns in Galaxy Three." But they are surrounded by the Barrier: "All it did, that Barrier, was draw a line. Anything outside of it was left strictly alone. Anything penetrating it was instantly tracked, hunted, and smashed by Lunanae missiles."

The Barrier is set up by a civilization that suffered a catastrophic attack from aliens. It can't be shut down even by the civilization that set it up, although later in their history they want to. Earth needs the lebensraum and sends out a ship with several people who have schemes to break the barrier. All fail, but a girl whose job is basically to provide sexual relief to the men on the crew ends up destroying the barrier because she can't believe in anything.

It's kind of a weird story to say the least.

I think it's a good match to the question except for the part about the barrier growing. When I skimmed the story I didn't see that part, but I might have missed it.

  • 2
    Yup, the barrier doesn't grow in the Sturgeon story. Its purpose is to protect the Luana against would-be invaders (though they later change their mind), not to destroy other worlds. – Andres F. Feb 22 '15 at 15:05

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.