The Invaders (1967–1968)
5 Sep. 1967Condition: Red
Major Dan Keller works as a computer programmer for NORAD. The aliens need a window to bring in a great many saucers, so they can establish a base. They place one of their own as Dan Keller's new wife Laurie. She hypnotises Dan into replacing a crucial programming tape with one the aliens have prepared - one which will instruct NORAD's systems to ignore certain images.
12 Sep. 1967The Saucer
John Carter has summoned the local sheriff to a site where he claims saucers have landed, not once but several times. Each time, the saucers are gone when the sheriff finally arrives. Now David Vincent has come, lured by Carter's claim that he can predict the time of the next landing. When Carter's prediction proves true, he and David Vincent manage to commandeer the saucer - at last, proof of the invasion! But one alien escapes to warn his people. And further complications arise from a couple fleeing the country, whose plane the saucer inadvertently downed.
19 Sep. 1967The Watchers
Paul Cook's an electronics expert with an aversion to people. He's also the man several generals are coming to meet with, because he can analyse the nation's defences and suggest ways to correct flaws. But beings from an alien planet would also like a look at the defences, and they've devised a way to take advantage of Cook's reclusiveness. If David Vincent can't stop the invaders, they'll get the information, and use it to advance their planned invasion
26 Sep. 1967Valley of the Shadow
A series of mischances leads an alien to kill a human doctor, and get arrested in the small town of Carterville, Wyoming. His alien friends bungle his rescue, and the entire town sees him go up in red flames! Now, the entire town understands that aliens have come to Earth. And the aliens are desperate to keep that knowledge from spreading - so desperate that when David Vincent finds out what they plan to do, he desperately tries to strike a deal with them to stop it. If he fails, the town of Carterville may find itself under water - a lot of water.
3 Oct. 1967The Enemy
An alien saucer crashes in the Utah foothills. Reports of its fiery demise draw David Vincent, even after flyovers by Air Force jets failed to locate the site of the mysterious fireball. Vincent soon discovers Gale Frazer, who has helped the craft's only survivor, Blake. Frazer, sick of war after serving in Vietnam, believes Blake's people are peaceful. David must gain her trust and convince her that Blake's mission is not peaceful. That is complicated by the arrival of Sawyer and Lavin, who have come to collect the box Blake's craft brought to Earth.
10 Oct. 1967The Trial
David's friend Charlie Gilman stands accused of murdering Fred Wilk, and district attorney Slater's determined to convict. But David knows Wilk's was an invader - and if necessary, he'll use that to help his defence. David sets a man to research Slater's background, and the man turns up evidence that part of the background was faked - and Slater's an invader as well.
17 Oct. 1967The Spores
Tom Jessup's an invader, who's transporting a briefcase containing something vital: spores. These organisms will grow into aliens able to withstand Earth's atmosphere. As Jessup desperately tries to find the briefcase, the spores inside of it continue to develop.
24 Oct. 1967Dark Outpost
David sneaks aboard a saucer, and is knocked unconscious by the force of takeoff. When he awakens, he finds he's not alone; there's a professor and several students, and they're heading towards the invaders medical base. Vincent steals an important piece of machinery, and goes on the run....
31 Oct. 1967Summit Meeting: Part I
Industrialist Michael Tressider all but kidnaps David from a job site. Tressider has learned of an upcoming summit that many world leaders will attend. They'll discuss rising levels of radiation that threaten all life on earth. There is only one place where the radiation is normal - the site of the summit, Premier Thor Halvorsen's country. David soon finds himself up to his neck in invaders, including one who informs him what the real purpose of the summit is - and promises to help him!
7 Nov. 1967Summit Meeting: Part II
David has learned from an alien that the purpose of the summit is to murder all of Earth's most important leaders. But he cannot convince Thor Halvorsen of this. Halvorsen knows the aliens are here, but believes their mission is peaceful. They have offered "AR-5" as a solution to rising radiation levels. David and Michael Tressider manage to steal an alien timetable that describes how they will move to take control of the world once the summit attendees are dead - but the aliens want it back, and there are quite a few of them between David and Halvorsen.
14 Nov. 1967The Prophet
Brother Avery has seen the light of a heavenly host. They are coming, and they will bring peace. At the end of each of his services, the red glow that surrounds him reveals the divinity that inspires him! But David Vincent knows that this glow actually signifies that Avery is an alien who needs to regenerate. David's trouble is figuring out how to prove it when Avery is surrounded at all times by fanatics - not all of whom are human. The key may lie in Now magazine writer Bill Shay, if David can trust him with the truth.
21 Nov. 1967Labyrinth
David manages to subdue an alien, and takes him to a doctor. The X-Rays reveal an internal structure unlike anything on Earth. David has proof he can take to a project that investigates the possibility of extraterrestrial contact. He offers the X-Rays to project director Dr. Sam Crowell, but then the wife of the doctor who took them recants, claiming the X-Rays David offered the researchers are fakes! Someone has pressured her - and someone close to the project - Crowell's own daughter - is acting strangely suspicious.
28 Nov. 1967The Captive
Wesley Sanders breaks into the embassy of a foreign power to steal troop movement data. But he fails to disarm the security and gets caught. Examining him, Dr. Serret notices some strange signs, and recalls reading about David Vincent, who might be able to answer her questions. David is interested, but clever misdirection allow Sanders and his allies to pit David and the United States interests against those of the foreign power. The aliens are willing to destroy the embassy to keep Sanders from talking, even knowing that this may precipitate an atomic war! David ...
5 Dec. 1967The Believers
David Vincent has finally connected with several others who know the invaders are here, including industrialist Edgar Scoville. But immediately following a meeting, David and three of the Believers are ambushed. David is captured and his friends killed. But when he proves invulnerable to hypnosis, the aliens devise a new scheme to enlist David's unwitting aid in tracking down and murdering the rest of the Believers.
12 Dec. 1967The Ransom
David and Edgar intercept an alien en route to a regeneration station, and discover that he is a leader, a powerful figure in the alien hierarchy! But without regeneration he will not last the length of a trip to Washington. And, his people manage to surround David and trap him in a small cabin, the home of poet Cyrus Stone and his niece Claudia. Claudia resents that David has dragged her family into this, even after she sees an alien die the fiery death of his kind when on Earth. David tries to figure out how to get word to a nearby military base, while the aliens ...
26 Dec. 1967Task Force
David and the Believers are trying to get a powerful publisher, William Mace, on their side. They have competition in Eric Lund, who heads a group seeking to purchase a controlling interest in Mace's publishing empire. If David and Edgar Scoville cannot persuade Mace to their cause, Lund will gain control - a disaster, since Lund is an alien! Just when they think they have Mace in their corner, he dies and his dissolute nephew Jeremy gains control. And Jeremy is very, very afraid of something. Could it have to do with the real cause of his uncle's death? Jeremy will ...
2 Jan. 1968The Possessed
David's friend Ted Willard has written to him for help, but the letter followed David around the country. He has finally arrived at Willard's clinic, only to discover that the doctor has suffered an accident and been under the psychiatric care of his brother Martin for several weeks. And Ted seems not to remember writing David at all! The answer to this mystery may rest with Adam Lane, and the special research he is doing at the Willard Clinic. Research that could pave the way for a nearly bloodless takeover of the Earth!
9 Jan. 1968Counter-Attack
Professor Eliot Kramer has completed work which will allow the Believers to create an automated jamming station that will cause navigational malfunctions aboard incoming saucers. But unfortunately, he used the university's computers to do the work, instead of Edgar Scoville's secure machines. That has led to his discovery by the aliens. In the scuffle, Kramer dies and David has to go on the run with the key data.David does the only thing he can; he sells out to the aliens, offering them details of the jamming process in exchange for an important place in the invaders ...
16 Jan. 1968The Pit
Julian Reed has apparently gone barking mad. He's seeing aliens everywhere, and finally has a public breakdown resulting in confinement to a psychiatric facility. David Vincent comes to investigate, and must decide whether Reed is really mad, or if the Invaders actually have infiltrated Reed's place of employment, the highly secret Slaton Research Center. When Julian Reed accuses David himself of being an alien, and when David's wife Pat seems reluctant to even see her own husband, David doesn't know how to proceed. Until a chance encounter between a dog and one of ...
30 Jan. 1968The Organization
David and Mike Calvin board a ship in search of several crates that contain "wreckage" that rained down from the sky - the pieces of a crashed saucer! But the crates are gone; the aliens got to them first. The aliens also took a large shipment of heroin destined for "The Organization" - an organized crime ring run by Peter Kalter. Kalter wants his shipment back and he's willing to kill to get it. But if David can convince him that the Invaders are here, he might gain a powerful, if ruthless and unpredictable, ally. On the other hand, others in the Organization simply ...
6 Feb. 1968The Peacemaker
David Vincent and Archie Harmon manage to capture an alien, and bring him to General Concannon as proof. But another alien manages to slip him a suicide capsule, and soon there is nothing but ashes. Concannon sees the second alien blaze up, and is convinced. But he wants to meet with the alien leaders to see if a peaceful solution is possible. He sends David and several generals to an isolated farmhouse, and David arranges for several alien leaders to attend. But Concannon solves problems with violence, and he's going to solve this one by dropping a large bomb on the ...
20 Feb. 1968The Vise
David and Edgar intercept an alien data drop and recover the partially burned contents of a briefcase. A picture inside convinces them that Arnold Warren is an alien. Warren is seeking confirmation to a post supervising a space tracking project. He would be one of the few black men to hold such a high post. Standing between him and that goal is Jim Baxter, a Senate investigator who also happens to be black. Baxter's wife Celia wants black heroes for her son, so she's pressuring her husband to recommend Warren. Against that, David Vincent only has a wildly implausible ...
27 Feb. 1968The Miracle
Near a Catholic shrine in New Mexico, a teenage girl sees an alien die and disintegrate after he's bitten by a snake. Before he dies, he hands her a crystal, which she assumes both the alien and the crystal are signs from her god. Knowing the crystal's actually a part of an alien apparatus, David tries to buy it from her, but she's unwilling, and her uncle wants more money. David tries to explain that the aliens will kill to get it back.
12 Mar. 1968The Life Seekers
A police officer is shot and seriously wounded by an alien, whom he then shoots and sees disintegrate. A roadblock is set up for the other two in the car that sped off. Investigating, David is brought to the two aliens. They claim that they disagree with their fellow aliens' plan to invade and take over the earth, and that other aliens want to destroy them before they can get back to their planet and make the case against invasion. They persuade David to help them evade the police roadblock and get them to their spaceship safely.
12 Mar. 1968The Pursued
David is contacted by Anne Gibbs, an alien who is on the run from both her fellow aliens and humans. She is the undesired result of an attempt to mimic human behavior by creating emotion. It's been successful in part, as she now values her own life as well as those of humans, but in the process she frequently now loses control and becomes violent when even mildly angered, and has killed a woman in one of her outbursts. Still, she tells David she will come with him to Washington to tell officials everything she knows about the aliens' plans. But the aliens plan to kill...
26 Mar. 1968Inquisition
In Washington, a senator is killed by a bomb blast just after David and Edgar try unsuccessfully to convince him that a security advisor is an alien. A zealous and politically ambitious prosecuting attorney then plans to make a name for himself by indicting the members of the Believers for the murder, just as they are discovering that the aliens' grand plan to take over the earth and wipe out humanity is imminent.
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