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30th Jul '17 6:46:30 AM JackG
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* ''Invasion: Earth'' by Creator/HarryHarrison opens with an alien spacecraft crashlanding in New York City ([[HarsherInHindsight barely missing the World Trade Center]]). A military team is quickly assembled on the basis of a plan that they assumed at the time was a case of the military being ridiculously CrazyPrepared.

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* ''Invasion: Earth'' by Creator/HarryHarrison opens with an alien spacecraft crashlanding in New York City ([[HarsherInHindsight barely missing the World Trade Center]]). A general steps out of a helicopter and announces that he's taking charge of the situation...[[RuleOfFunny and is arrested by the police captain who's actually in charge.]] The next military man to show up is the protagonist, an Air Force Intelligence officer who respectfully offers the captain some intelligence and practical advise (which is taken), then waits quietly while a team is quickly assembled on the basis of a plan that they assumed at the time was a case of the scientists and military being ridiculously CrazyPrepared.
brass dispatched by the President argue. When it's time to enter the craft, he takes a SergeantRock with a .45 as protection, and a electronics specialist with a cable-fed camera (the cable guarded by its own team of soldiers).
30th Jul '17 6:36:31 AM JackG
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* ''Invasion: Earth'' by Creator/HarryHarrison opens with an alien spacecraft crashlanding in New York City ([[HarsherInHindsight barely missing the World Trade Center]]). A military team is quickly assembled on the basis of a plan that they assumed at the time was a case of the military being ridiculously CrazyPrepared.
29th May '17 7:56:21 PM Nakuyabi
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* TruthInTelevision: A lot of various governments and intergovernmental organizations do indeed have contingency plans in the event that extraterrestrials ever land on their part of Earth, though (of course) these plans do tend to change as various administrations come and go. A number of these plans specifically include assembling a welcoming party including certain prominent scientists and/or certain prominent religious and political leaders to greet these visitors. (Some of these plans also involve arresting the extraterrestrials and impounding their ship; which might explain why extraterrestrials in range, if there are any, have been keeping their distance from us.)
20th May '17 9:58:24 PM Yozzy
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}''
** First contact is usually a minor event to the galaxy at large, since most species couldn't hope to match the power players in the galaxy. For the Imperium, First Contact is usually done by [[IntrepidMerchant Rogue Traders]] or [[ForScience the Adeptus Mechanicus]]. If the alien species proves useful, they'll be allowed to survive, for a time. If not, or if first contact is made by a militant body, the Imperium will wipe away the alien species soon afterwards.
** [[TheFederation The Tau]] have the friendliest First Contact policy, trying to negotiate with minor species and try to bring them into their stable of client species. Some species simply prove too aggressive and have been exterminated as a matter of pragmatism.
** Most species to make first contact with the other major galactic powers will find themselves killed, and maybe eaten afterwards. The major exception is the Craftworld Eldar, with historical precedent suggesting that they prefer to remain unseen and would ignore most species unless they can prove useful. Eldar have regarded some individual humans in a manner that's arrogant, but helpful, and might generously be called friendly, so they might consider new species in a similar manner.
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* First Contact Teams were mentioned in passing in VideoGame/MassEffect2 as envoys from Council space to any newly discovered species. In this instance, the species in question was [[AlwaysChaoticEvil the Yawg]], and the incident got the Yawg blacklisted and their world blockaded.
** Humanity never had the benefit of First Contact teams, as we had expanded far space and ended up meeting the Citadel species by accident. Specifically, [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy the Turians]], who caught humans illegally reactivating mass effect relays, and assumed we were pirates. [[WeComeInPeaceShootToKill The ensuing war]] was brutal and brief, and made more bitter by a number of misunderstandings which nearly escalated the situation into a galactic crisis. The other Citadel species caught wind of the situation, stepped in and brokered a cease fire, paving the way for humanity to join the Citadel. The incident was a point of contention between humans and Turians for years after.
14th May '17 4:56:07 PM nombretomado
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* Literature/TheJournalEntries have White's Teams, which are often based on White's Ships, named for White's Theorem: "A space-faring species' first encounter with another space-faring species is most likely to be a distress signal." This occurs multiple times both on-screen and in backstories.



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* Literature/TheJournalEntries have White's Teams, which are often based on White's Ships, named for White's Theorem: "A space-faring species' first encounter with another space-faring species is most likely to be a distress signal." This occurs multiple times both on-screen and in backstories.
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23rd Mar '16 9:26:48 PM DarkHunter
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* ''Series/StargateSG1'' had the main team be a pretty balanced collection in their team leaders. Also somewhat present in the ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' movie.

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* ''Series/StargateSG1'' had the main team be a pretty balanced collection in their team leaders.leaders: a military officer with sufficient authority to represent the United States to foreign powers, a physicist who can perform preliminary analysis of alien technology encountered, an anthropologist and linguist who can help with establishing friendly relations with any cultures they encounter, and an alien defector knowledgeable about the greater galaxy that Earth is stepping into. Also somewhat present in the ''Film/{{Stargate}}'' movie.
12th Mar '16 10:58:41 PM PaulA
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* In the ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'' storyline "Take Me To Your Leader", a respected scientist and government advisor encounters what he believes is a first contact situation, and Sir Gerald Tarrant is given the job of selecting a small discreet first contact team. Modesty Blaise and Willie Garvin are his first and only choices; their ability to sniff out a scam is an obvious qualification, but Tarrant suggests that he would have picked them even if he didn't suspect a hoax -- of all the people he knows, they have the broadest range of interests, solid grounding in the basics of many disciplines, and open and enquiring minds, which he considers more likely to be useful than any number of experts whose expertise might be about to be proven useless.
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14th Jan '16 6:56:48 PM Jake
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* Played with in ''Fanfic/TheNextFrontier''; the [[VideoGame/KerbalSpaceProgram Kerbals]] can't send a full team of anthropologists, linguists and so on along on their first interstellar mission because the ship just isn't big enough, but thanks to the [[SubspaceAnsible FTL communications system]] they have the anthropology and linguistics departments of every university on Kerbin and Duna for MissionControl. The actual in-person contact team are three veteran astronauts, one engineer who helped create the AlcubierreDrive and one skilled CommunicationsOfficer who's supposed to [[AliensStealCable scan for radio and TV signals]] [[LearnedEnglishFromWatchingTelevision so they can start picking up the language]] if they ''do'' find some aliens.
22nd Oct '15 8:09:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/{{Sphere}}'' by Michael Crichton, when an alien ship is discovered at the bottom of the ocean, the government sends a team composed of a psychologist, a mathematician, a biologist, and an astrophysicist.
** Later becomes a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]]: the psychologist who wrote the "Emergency FirstContact Plan" admits that, after having been approached by the government to produce the plan, he thought it was so ridiculous that he lazily based all his recommendations on popular science fiction.

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* In ''Film/{{Sphere}}'' by Michael Crichton, when an alien ship is discovered at the bottom of the ocean, the government sends a team composed of a psychologist, a mathematician, a biologist, and an astrophysicist.
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astrophysicist. Later becomes a [[SubvertedTrope subversion]]: the psychologist who wrote the "Emergency FirstContact Plan" admits that, after having been approached by the government to produce the plan, he thought it was so ridiculous that he lazily based all his recommendations on popular science fiction.
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