Category Archives: First Contact

First encounter…final contact?

“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

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Tiny Aliens

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

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Etiquette

“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

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Intelligent life in the universe? Phone home, dammit!

Read Professor Robert Scherrer’s animated discussion of whether intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe:
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In Silence and Solitude

Silence. And darkness. They say that space is a vacuum, an absence of light. An absence of sound. An absence of life. They say that nothing is out there, that a man could go crazy. They say that the silence kills sanity. They say that once you go, you never come back.   Day 1: […] Continue reading

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Comedy Central presents: First Contact

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

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Celebrity Jeopardy

They managed to get something wrong in every case. Apparently they’d picked up some media signal, bounced off satellites into the mirky expanse of space,  because they had all assumed the appearance of Earth celebrities. Their leader walked down the gangplank which had descended from their ship. He appeared–it took me an instant to place […] Continue reading

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Aliens of Vastly Different Size

The world of science fiction has no lack of first encounter stories, and the idea of bizarre alien life forms is definitely an idea that has been explored extensively.  There have been stories about aliens who are different colors than us, aliens who have different organs than us, aliens who think differently than us,  and […] Continue reading

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Aliens of Vastly Different Size

The world of science fiction has no lack of first encounter stories, and the idea of bizarre alien life forms is definitely an idea that has been explored extensively.  There have been stories about aliens who are different colors than us, aliens who have different organs than us, aliens who think differently than us,  and […] Continue reading

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The Epidemic Scenario

Most “First Contact” scenarios seem to leave out a pretty crucial aspect of encountering aliens from a completely different world. Everybody is always worrying about whether they have better weapons than us, or whether they think like us, but these concerns skip over some much bigger problems that could be at hand in this situation. […] Continue reading

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