This story won the 1959 Hugo Award for Best Novelette.
This story is a fun speculation about what happens when ordinary folks in a small town are the first to make contact with an alien intelligence. It’s lighthearted, fun and perfectly plausible. I see that someone else here was reminded of The Tommyknockers, and I was as well, so I suspect that, like with many other classic science fiction stories, Stephen King read it and then said, “And what if it had gone a different way?”
I enjoyed it quite a lot! It didn’t blow my mind or anything, but I suppose that’s probably because the idea has been revisited since many times, although never has it been as done as well.
Well worth the read!