[ prose science fiction ]
The Harmonizer (1944)
by A. E. van Vogt
My rating: 1.5
Yet another plot outline, or note, that sold as a short story that should have been used in some longer work.
I give it a half point just for the idea of an alien plant that can pacify worlds.
I blame editors even more than authors for getting this kind of stuff published. Using a popular author name to sell a magazine is a real betrayal of readers, when the work is insubstantial and weak.
I read this one in the van Vogt anthology, Away and Beyond (1952).