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What Did First Fictional Aliens Look Like?

From: UFO UpDates - Toronto <post.nul>
Date: Fri, 08 Jun 2012 07:16:10 -0400
Archived: Fri, 08 Jun 2012 07:16:10 -0400
Subject: What Did First Fictional Aliens Look Like?




Source: NewYorker.Com

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June 4, 2012

What Did The First Fictional Aliens Look Like?
by Laura Miller

Bacteria are not known for their ability to stir the
imagination, but there is at least one reliable exception:
bacteria from Mars. In 1996, a NASA study caused a sensation
when it announced the mere possibility of fossilized bacteria in
a meteorite believed to be from the Red Planet. Thirty-six years
after the Viking landers collected soil on Mars, scientists can
still make news by declaring that the samples indicate the
presence of microbes. Although conclusive evidence for life on
Mars (or on any other foreign planet) has yet to turn up, humans
are an impatient species. And so we have invented
extraterrestrials of every conceivable kind. There are fictional
aliens that resemble little green men, mollusks, insects,
plants, and minerals. Sometimes they have no bodies at all.

For all their diversity, these creatures tend to fall into one
of two groups: those we can live with and those we can=92t. This
summer, Hollywood franchises espousing each view will be
delivering their newest installments. The genial =93Men in Black=94
movies suggest that freaky-looking extraterrestrials already
live among us, undetected by most citizens and overseen by an
agency made up of weary bureaucrats and blas=E9 field officers.
The films are an extended pun on the alternate meaning of
=93alien=94: immigrant. Far grimmer is =93Prometheus,=94 the latest
=93Alien=94 movie; the series features an implacable foe that uses
our bodies as nests for its young, and likes to chase us through
hideous, dripping corridors while baring its hideous, dripping
fangs.

Before the nineteenth century, if authors depicted the
inhabitants of other planets the aliens were essentially



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