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We Will Fight the Threat with Fighting


Posted by Matt on August 17, 2009

Let’s talk aliens.

One of the things I notice every once in a while is how aliens are presented in mass culture. More often than not, I am disappointed. Why? Because most fictional aliens are really boring in the big scheme of things.

I suppose it is difficult for someone to make something that feels really ‘alien’, because we only have the world around us for a frame of reference. Even so, given that the world around us is filled with strange things that rival the greatest imaginations (there’s a reason I post things about animals!), there’s still not much variety in alien designs. Most of them are just ‘well-known earth life form+person’. While this is perfectly fine when you’re just trying to have some non-humans in a story, it gets kind of dull.

This sort of thing is even stranger when you apply it to ‘real life’. I mean, look at all those David Icke nutters who think everyone in a position of power is an evil lizard man. Why a lizard? Why aren’t more people seeing amorphous blob aliens? They could operate technology if they wanted to. Plus, they’d be much better at shapeshifting than lizards.

Here’s a list of properly alien aliens, so you know what I consider proper:
-Xenomorphs (although Aliens kind of ruined this)
-The Blob
-The Intelligent Shade of Blue from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
-Most of the Great Old Ones
-Rot Lop Fan

That’s all I can think of right now.

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