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Category Archives: alien
I remember being about seven, in trouble (usually reading late at night by the shine of the hallway light), and my parents being frustrated at me. My parents, being my parents, usually responded to me deliberately ruining my eyesight by yelling at me to stop reading at night and go to bed. I would usually […] Continue reading
“Historians will tell you that first contact between industrial civilizations and indigenous people does not go well.” This comment was made in an interview with BBC News by David Brin, notable science fiction writer and opponent of a plan … Continue reading
Water. Over 60% of our bodies consist of it. Without it, we can barely survive for a week. And under certain conditions, that number decreases drastically. In space, water is potential. Water signifies the possibility of life. Even if it does not neces… Continue reading
“Your Majesty, have you had a chance to look through the etiquette handbook that the Kadarowo so kindly sent to us?” “Hmm..I may have flipped through a couple pages.” “Your Majesty! We are meeting with the Kadarowoan Prime… Continue reading
It isn’t easy being a protagonist in science-fiction literature about time or space travel; loneliness often seems to be a precondition to their lives. Sometimes, this loneliness is unavoidable: a solitary ten-year-long spaceship ride will probably make you miss other people, and it’s always difficult to develop a robust social rapport with people thousands of […] Continue reading
Just how foreign and novel could life be in the universe? To me this is not a valid question for two reasons: one, the scientific community has not yet arrived on a clear consensus on what separates life from non-life. Two, to postulate some wild, alternate biochemistry may seem like a legitimate stab at the […] Continue reading
B7: What might first contact with the “most alien alien” imaginable look like? I believe the answer lies approximately at the crossroads of two very different stories our class has explored this semester: Poul Anderson’s Kyrie and Terry Bisson’s They’re Made Out of Meat. In my mind, Anderson’s Lucifer embodies the most alien creature yet […] Continue reading
In thinking of the most alien intergalactic creature I can picture, all of the different alien’s I’ve seen in science fiction movies and stories flashed through my mind. From the creature in Alien to the spider-like creature in Tiptree’s “Love is the Plan, the Plan is Death,” there have been many attempts to create aliens […] Continue reading