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 http://tinyurl.com/cy8w2gf 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 [More at site... thanks to Diana Cammack for the lead] Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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