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OftenBen  ·  746 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Interstellar Visitor Found to Be Unlike a Comet or an Asteroid

I always have to wonder what would actually happen on the day that becomes no longer a joke.

You want to think that the response would be as dramatic as fiction claims it will be.

I think that we can become accustomed to many shocking things and that we would settle in with the idea of aliens a lot faster than we might think.





kleinbl00  ·  746 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Fiction is dramatic by design. You need to find the interesting somewhere and "Mars Needs Women" is a lot more dramatic than "So we observed this sequence of flashes that we eventually, over the course of years, decoded to 'fuck it's lonely over here BTW our sun has been a cinder since y'all were monkeys' and there were some mournful blog posts and a terrible attempt at a Hollywood movie but by and large life continued apace."

My favorite First Contact story remains Larry Niven's Fourth Profession. Hey zebra2 sci fi club.

OftenBen  ·  745 days ago  ·  link  ·  

    “A species that can’t develop spaceflight is no better than animals.”

That was a fun read.

am_Unition  ·  746 days ago  ·  link  ·  

It depends on the circumstances, like if they show up themselves vs. if we find an automated probe. A probe is much more likely, thank christ

user-inactivated  ·  745 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Man it took me way too long to figure out that by "probe" you meant like Voyager.

am_Unition  ·  745 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Did you think it was like one of these:

...except with one of those dildo-piston attachments? Because that's what I meant.

OftenBen  ·  745 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Something something 'swamp gas.'